Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Colleges

Virginia forces third game in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game, Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh inning, and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series final with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.

Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball in tonight's winner-take-all Game 3.

Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener late Monday.

Waddell (10-3), who pitched a solid seven innings with no decision against TCU a week ago, was even better against the Commodores.

He didn't allow a hit in the fifth through eighth innings and retired 12 in a row before he issued a walk with two outs in the ninth.

His first official complete game came in a six-inning, rain-shortened game against Monmouth in March.

The Cavaliers rebounded after Monday's game, in which Tyler Campbell, who came into the CWS with two hits all season, had a bases-loaded double that highlighted Vanderbilt's nine-run third.

Campbell, who appeared in 14 games before the CWS, was put into the lineup as the fill-in for third baseman Xavier Turner, who was declared ineligible on Friday for violating NCAA rules.

The Commodores are not only aiming for their first baseball title, but their first national championship in a men's sport.

Virginia, meanwhile, will try for the ACC's first national championship in baseball since Wake Forest in 1955.

'CANES COACH STAYS PUT: Jim Morris, who has led Miami to 21 straight trips to the NCAA tournament and guided the Hurricanes to the ACC regular-season title this year, agreed to coach the Hurricanes through 2018. After that, longtime assistant Gino DiMare will succeed Morris as coach.

Football: West Virginia announced that Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will be the team's starting quarterback this season. … Rape charges were dropped against New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay and another man.

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