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Virginia wins, forces Game 3 in CWS finals
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Virginia and Vanderbilt are going to a deciding Game 3 of the title set in the College World Series.
Brandon Waddell went the distance on the mound and Kenny Towns went 3-for-5 with a two-run single, as the Cavaliers beat Vanderbilt, 7-2, Tuesday night. After falling behind 2-1, Virginia scored five times between the sixth and seventh innings to bounce back from Monday's 9-8 loss.
Virginia is trying for its first national title in baseball, while Vanderbilt is aiming for the school's first men's team national championship in school history.
Vanderbilt's 2003 men's tennis team made it to the NCAA championship before losing. The only school team national title came from the women's bowling squad in 2007.
The deciding game is Wednesday night.
"It all comes down to tomorrow night," Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. "I know our guys will come out and play loose and aggressive like they have this entire postseason, and I'm looking forward to seeing them come out and compete tomorrow night."
Waddell gave up five hits and one earned run while throwing 115 pitches.
"He basically suffocated our offense for most of the night, particularly as the game went on," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said.
Tyler Beede was tagged with the loss after yielding 10 hits and six runs in 6 2/3 frames.
Singles from Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy led to an RBI fielder's choice from Derek Fisher in the sixth to tie the game. Fisher stole second, and after Towns singled, the Cavaliers went ahead on John La Prise's RBI groundout. Second baseman Dansby Swanson's only play on the high chopper was to first.
Brandon Downes capped the three-run frame with a triple as the ball caromed off the glove of a diving John Norwood in center field.
Towns singled to left to drive in Papi and McCarthy for a 6-2 cushion, and La Prise's base hit up the middle plated McCarthy in the ninth.
Earlier in the ninth, Papi plowed into Tyler Campbell before being tagged out in a rundown.
Vanderbilt went ahead in the second inning on Chris Harvey's RBI groundout on a ball that caromed off the chest of Waddell. The Cavaliers tied it in the third when Branden Cogswell's squeeze bunt toward first plated Downes.
Norwood doubled in a run in the fourth, but he was picked off second base.
06/25 01:46:17 ET