Let’s get you recapped on what happened this weekend as CWS action continues!
Vanderbilt 7, Arizona 6
Vanderbilt clipped Arizona 7-6 to advance into the winner’s bracket in Omaha. The Commodores and Wildcats were deadlocked in a back-and-forth affair that dipped into extra innings. In the 12th inning, Vandy’s Jayson Gonzalez punched a single up the middle, which allowed for Isaiah Thomas to come around to score the game-winning run.
The Commodores scattered 14 hits through the 12 innings of play. Nine different Vandy batters recorded at least one hit, with three attaining two. Gonzalez and Carter Young belted homers in the game, displaying their power and pop in their bats.
Kumar Rocker went 5.2 innings, tossed seven strikeouts, and allowed five hits and three earned runs.
Virginia 6, Tennessee 0
Tennessee was put on the brink of elimination with a 6-0 loss on Sunday to UVA.
Virginia’s Andrew Abbott stifled the Vols in a near-sterling performance. Abbott struck out 10 over six innings, allowed no runs, and just five hits. His two walks allowed were perhaps the only blemish, as none of the hits went for extra bases.
The game was 1-0 throughout much of it, but the Cavaliers erupted in the seventh inning. They played four runs across in the stanza and effectively took UT to the woodshed in this sequence. Already facing an uphill battle, the Vols were put in a murkier predicament and they couldn’t muster anything across.
Mississippi State 2, Texas 1
Will Bednar turned in an incredible performance on the mound to help lift Mississippi State to victory.
Bednar struck out 15 of the 21 batters he faced, stymying Texas, and helped to propel State to a 2-1 win over the Longhorns. Bednar and Landon Sims combined for 21 strikeouts, a College World Series record, in what was a superlative-laced evening in Omaha.
Scotty Dubrule and Brad Cumbest helped push across runs in the fourth inning. Dubrule hit a sacrifice fly to bring the first run across, and then Cumbest smacked a triple down the rightfield line. Though Mike Antico hit a solo home run in the ninth, State was able to evade possible tying or defeat and walked away with the win.