Walker Buehler had his finest outing of 2015 to carry the Commodores to a return trip to the CWS finals. Bryan Reynolds went 3-4 with two RBI and Rhett Wiseman added a two-run home run to help lift Vanderbilt over TCU. The 'Dores will now await the winner of tomorrow's game between Virginia and Florida to find out who they'll face with a national title on the line.
Buehler cruised for a lot of the game, throwing six scoreless innings with only one that had any TCU hits in it. He finally cracked a little in the seventh when a walk, single, and sac fly ruined the shutout and ultimately ended his day, but the Vandy offense had given him plenty of run support by then.
That run support began in the first inning thanks in part to a shaky start for TCU's Tyler Alexander. He walked Ro Coleman and hit Rhett Wiseman to begin the game, and a Bryan Reynolds single would get Coleman home to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead through one. They came back for more in the third, as Wiseman, Dansby Swanson, Zander Wiel, and Reynolds all singled to begin the frame. Reynolds's hit plated Wiseman, and two batters later Jeren Kendall knocked Swanson home with a single. Now it was 3-0.
Vandy kept it rolling in the fourth. Tyler Campbell led off with a single, and a Coleman sac bunt moved him up to second. Rhett Wiseman then blasted a homer to right to extend the lead to 5-0. In an act of desperation, TCU put its most experienced starter Preston Morrison in the game to begin the fifth. It didn't help. Reynolds tripled as the first guy at bat, and Will Toffey drove him home with a single. A Kendall fielder's choice sent Toffey back to the bench, but he stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw from TCU catcher Evan Skoug. Jason Delay then got Kendall home on a sac fly to push the lead out to 7-0.
Vanderbilt can now rest up for a few days before the final series begins on Monday. The Commodores will face one of two familiar foes, conference rival Florida or last year's final opponent Virginia. They play again on Saturday to determine who will face VU.