OMAHA, Neb. – The Virginia baseball team evened its best-of-three series against Vanderbilt with a 7-2 victory in Game Two of the 2014 Men’s College World Series Finals on Tuesday (June 24) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The Cavaliers (53-15) and Commodores (50-21) will play for the national championship on Wednesday (June 25) at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. Live Coverage is on WatchESPN app as well.
Both teams are vying for their first national title.
“I really couldn’t be more proud of our club [and how they played] facing elimination, facing the end of the season,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “Now it all comes down to tomorrow night. I know our guys will come out and play loose and aggressive like they have this entire postseason. I’m looking forward to seeing them come out and compete tomorrow night.”
Virginia bounced back from a 9-8 loss in Monday night’s opening of the series to tie the series behind a dominant pitching performance by sophomore left-hander Brandon Waddell (Houston, Texas).
Waddell (10-3), in the first nine-inning complete game of his career, allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, walking three and striking out five.
“Brandon Waddell was just terrific,” O’Connor said. “It seemed that after the first four innings, he really settled in, did a terrific job of mixing all of his pitches and keeping their hitters off balance. And certainly we had another really good offensive night.”