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 and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series final with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.
Each team will be playing for its first NCAA title in baseball in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in Monday’s opener.
“I know the bounce back this team has shown all year long,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said.
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“You know when you go through a season with a team, you start to learn and understand what they’re made of and what the fiber of a team is. I told the team after the game last night that there is no panic in this ballclub.”
Waddell (10-3) 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.
“He basically suffocated our offense for most of the night,” Commodores coach Tim Corbin said.
Kenny Towns and John La Prise drove in two runs apiece, and the Cavaliers finished with 13 hits against Beede (8-8) and three relievers.
Through five innings, Beede had limited the Cavaliers to one run on three hits and two walks, looking sharp.
The 14th player drafted — the San Francisco Giants took him — had been struggling with his control and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his previous CWS start against UC Irvine.
Beede left with two outs in the seventh, after allowing six runs on 10 hits and three walks.