Vanderbilt scored nine runs in the 3rd inning, and a comeback bid by Virginia came up short, as the Cavaliers' baseball team lost 9-8 in Game One of the College World Series championship series Monday night in Omaha.
Ace Nathan Kirby allowed eight runs (five earned) in the 3rd inning, while walking five batters, including three in a row with the bases loaded.
The nine runs are the most UVa has allowed all season.
The 'Hoos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before the offense outburst from the Commodores in the 3rd.
Virginia fought back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 3rd, two in the 5th, and one in the 8th, but they couldn't come all the way back.
Derek Fisher and Brandon Downes each had two hits and two RBI, while Branden Cogswell went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Whit Mayberry tossed 3.1 innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits.
Austin Young pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out four.
Virginia trails Vanderbilt 1-0 in the best-of-three series.
The teams will play Game Two Tuesday night at 8pm in Omaha.