OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt will take a 1-0 advantage over Virginia into game two of their best of three contest of the College Baseball World Series Tuesday night.
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Virginia are determined to land its first NCAA World Series, but will have to do it the hard way, following Monday night’s Game 1 defeat. This means that the Cavaliers must win back-to-back games against a very confident Vanderbilt team to secure the title.
And the prospect of doing so, hasn’t faze the Cavaliers late Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park. As disappointed as they were by the outcome of the opening game of the CWS Finals, the Wahoos knew their 9-8 loss was primarily the result of a calamitous half-inning.
“We have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to come back tomorrow and play a great ball game and then the turn the [page] on to Wednesday and do the same thing,” junior catcher Nate Irving said outside UVa’s locker room.
“Our offense has a ton of confidence right now, and we have a ton of confidence in our pitching staff as well. They’ve done the job for us all year.”
Relievers Whit Mayberry and Austin Young did the job for Virginia (52-15) on Monday night, holding Vandy (50-20) without a run over the final six innings.
But the Cavaliers’ ace, Nathan Kirby, suffered through the worst performance of his college career, and the Commodores capitalized on the sophomore left-hander’s control problems.