OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia southpaw Brandon Waddell threw a complete game and allowed two earned runs on five hits with five strike outs as Virginia took Game 2 of the 2014 College World Series Finals over Vanderbilt 7-2 to even the series at a game a piece. The sophomore retired 16 of the last 19 hitters he faced after allowing Vanderbilt to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Waddell’s performance was the first complete game in the CWS and keeps the Cavaliers alive for one more game.
Waddell would out-duel Vanderbilt starter and San Fransisco Giants first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the Finals match-up. Beede was given an early lead by the Commodores offense as center fielder John Norwood drew a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a single and then scored on a groundout by Chris Harvey to make the score 1-0.
The Cavaliers would tie the game after a pair of infield singles moved Brandon Downes to third from which he would score on a sac bunt by lead-off man Branden Cogswell to tie the game at 1-1. However, Norwood would strike again in the fourth with an RBI single that scored Zander Wiel to retake the Dores’ lead at 2-1, but he would be caught stealing later in the inning.
Waddell settled in and stuck out the next two hitters to end the threat and allowed only two walks and an infield single the rest of the way in a brilliant performance that held Vanderbilt in check while the Cavaliers’ offense got back on track.
Virginia would figure out Beede in the sixth with four hits that led to three runs in the inning to take the 4-2 lead. Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy led off the inning with back-to-back singles with Papi moving to third. Derek Fisher grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Papi to tie the game at 2-2.
Fisher stole second and then moved to third on Kenny Towns’ single and then scored on John La Prise’ groundout to give the Cavs a 3-2 lead. Then Downes tripled off the diving glove of Norwood in right center to score Towns and push the lead to 4-2.
Towns would be at it again hitting a two-run single in the seventh that scored Papi and McCarthy to extend the lead to 6-2. Towns would go 3-for-5 on the night with a run scored and two RBI.
The Cavaliers would add an insurance run in the ninth on another La Prise RBI for a 7-2 lead just one play after Papi was called out and nearly ejected after being caught in a rundown and plowing through Vanderbilt’s Tyler Campbell at third.
The win forces an elimination game tomorrow night at 7:00 pm with the likely pitching match-up of Virginia’s Josh Sborz against Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer. Virginia has scored 15 runs on 28 hits in the last two games.