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2015 College World Series: Pfeifer, Wiel Lift Vanderbilt Past TCU 1-0

A solo homer and a masterful pitching performance were all the Commodores needed.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Vandy stayed unblemished in Omaha after squeaking out a narrow win over TCU:

Vanderbilt only had three hits against a dominant TCU pitching staff. Fortunately for them, they only needed one.

The starting pitchers in this one went about the same distance, with Philip Pfeifer facing 29 batters in seven innings for Vandy and Alex Young lasting 29 batters in 7.2 for TCU. Pfeifer gave up four hits to Young's three, and Young won the strikeout battle 12 to seven. Pfeifer also walked three compared to just one for Young. The key stat was that Pfeifer didn't allow a run, but Young did.

As the first batter in the seventh, Zander Wiel hit a solo shot down the left field line to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead. Bryan Reynolds would later single in the inning to give VU its only frame with multiple hits, but he would be stranded on second.

Things got a little dicey for both teams in the eighth. After sitting down the first two batters, Young came out of the game after giving up a double to Rhett Wiseman. Trey Teakell then struck out Dansby Swanson on three straight pitches to end the threat. Kyle Wright started the bottom of the inning for Vandy, and he struck out the first two TCU batters. He then walked Evan Skoug on four pitches and gave up a single to Evan Williams to put two on. The Frogs ran out of Evans at that point, and Wright got a ground out from Derek Odell to get out unscathed. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

With the win, Vandy now gets a couple of days off before its Friday game against the winner of the LSU-TCU rematch.