OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt third baseman Tyler Campbell was an unlikely hero, but hit a walk-off infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to send the Commodores to the National Final with a 4-3 win over Texas in Game 13 of the 2014 College World Series Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Campbell faced Texas closer John Curtiss with two outs and hit a slow dribbler to short stop C.J. Hinojosa and beat out the throw as right fielder Rhett Wiseman scored. Campbell wasn’t expected to play in the Series and was in the lineup because Xavier Turner was dismissed from the squad for an undisclosed NCAA rules violation.
The Commodores would open the game with a 2-0 lead after loading the bases in the first inning as Longhorns’ starter Parker French, who was brilliant in his last outing, struggled to find the strike zone after left fielder Bryan Reynolds’ nine pitch at bat led to a one-out single in the first.
Short stop Vince Conde singled and Zander Wiel walked to load the bases and John Norwood would reach on a fielder’s choice that scored Reynolds for the 1-0 Dores lead. French would issue another walk before getting out of the jam.
In the third Vanderbilt would capitalize on a pair of errors by Texas, the first coming on a fielding error by third baseman Zane Gurwitz that allowed Conde to reach base. With runners on first and second the Commodores attempted a double steal and Conde would score on a throwing error by catcher Tres Berrera to extend the lead to 2-0.
Texas would finally get to Vanderbilt starter Carson Fulmer as Hinojosa opened the fourth inning with a double followed by a Collin Shaw single and a Ben Johnson walk as Texas loaded the bases. First baseman Kacy Clemens, son of major league and University of Texas great Roger Clemens, singled up the middle to score Hinojosa and Shaw to tie game at two apiece.
After Wiel led-off the fifth with a walk, he would score on a Wiseman double to give the Commodores back the lead at 3-2.
However, Texas responded quickly as Barrera started the home half of the fifth with a triple to the wall in center field that soared over the head of Norwood in center field. Zane Gurwitz would erase the lead with an RBI single in the fifth that scored Barrera to tie the game at 3-3.
The elimination game would would find its’ way to extra innings with both teams knotted at 3-3 until Vanderbilt put together a rally in the 10th that started with a two-out single by Wiseman. Curtiss then walked pinch hitter Ro Coleman and hit catcher Karl Ellison with a pitch to load the bases with Campbell coming to bat.
Campell hit a weak grounder on a 1-and-1 count to score Wiseman and send the Dores to the final where they will face Virginia on Monday and Tuesday at 7:00 pm central. The teams will play an elimination game on Wednesday at 7:00 pm central if necessary.