Waddell Dominates Commodores; UVa Forces Decisive Game 3 in CWS
Brandon Waddell pitched the first complete game of his college career Tuesday vs Vanderbilt
OMAHA, NE (WVIR) -
UVa sophomore Brandon Waddell had a dominating performance on the mound Tuesday night in Omaha, leading the Virginia baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt, and forcing a decisive Game Three in the College World Series championship series.
Waddell pitched all nine innings for the Cavaliers, giving up just five hits, and one earned run, while striking out five.
The southpaw threw 115 pitches in the first complete game of his college career.
Waddell says, "You're just trying to out there and attack, you're going to try to get the job done early. I was fortunate to get the job done early. I had a couple innings were I was real sure of the pitch count which helped going in the game."
Coach Brian O'Connor says, "Just really couldn't be more proud of our club, facing elimination, facing the end of the season. You have someone like Waddell step up and pitch like that and our offensive ball club would not be denied. Now it all comes down to tomorrow (Wednesday) night."
Virginia trailed Vanderbilt 2-1 through five innings, but took the lead with three runs in the 6th.
They added two more in the 7th and one in the 9th.
Kenny Towns and Joe McCarthy each went 3-for-5 at the plate.
McCarthy scored twice, while Towns had two RBI and a run scored.
Virginia and Vanderbilt will play a winner-take-all game for the National Championship game Wednesday at 8pm in Omaha.
UVa outfielder, Derek Fisher says, You can't ask for anything more, its something that you dream about as a kid and its going to be a lot of fun for sure.
UVa first baseman Mike Papi says, "Its a dream come true, its something we've been working for all fall and all season, our goal is to win a national championship. I feel it would be a great thing for this program."
Both the Cavaliers and Commodores will be going for the first national title in program history.
No team from the ACC has won the championship since Wake Forest in 1955.
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