June 14, 2014
Three-Run Second to Edge Louisville
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. -
Two-out hits were key for the Commodores.
Sophomore Dansby Swanson had a two-run double
with two away to cap a three-run second as Vanderbilt defeated
Louisville 5-3 Saturday evening in Game 2 of the 2014 College
World Series in front of 23,625 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Commodores (47-19) will face UC Irvine on
Monday evening at 7 p.m.; the Cardinals (50-16) will meet Texas
in an elimination game on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Louisville had a chance to start the scoring in
the top of the second. Alex Chittenden (2 for 4) had a one-out
single and moved to second on a balk. With two away, Omaha
native Grant Kay crushed a ball to left. Freshman Bryan Reynolds
raced back and caught the ball before crashing into the wall to
end the threat.
"I didn't see it directly off the bat," Reynolds
said, "so it was struck well, so I just started running back and
came out of the sun, and I just kind of went for it, and it was
a good momentum swing for us."
With two away in the bottom of the frame, John
Norwood drew a walk for Vanderbilt and moved to second on a base
hit by Ro Coleman. A walk to Karl Ellison loaded the bases. A
wild pitch plated Norwood and Swanson’s double scored Coleman
and Ellison to give Vanderbilt a 3-0 lead.
"The first pitch, I was just looking for
something up to hit," Swanson said, "and he threw it down in the
dirt and got away from the catcher. Johnny was able to score,
and then the runners on first and second moved up to second and
"I believe I ended up getting down in the count
1-2 after two straight breaking balls. Then just tried to see
the ball deep and let it get on me a little bit more and tried
to stay on it. I was able to put a good swing on a pretty good
pitch. It was down and in and able to barrel it up."
Vandy added a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Swanson had a two-out single, stole second, moved to third on an
error and scored in a triple by the speedy Reynolds to give the
Commodores a 4-0 advantage.
The Cardinals broke through in the top of the
fifth. Kay had a leadoff single up the middle, and Sutton
Whiting brought him home with a triple to right. Whiting later
scored on a groundout to cut the deficit in half at 4-2.
Louisville made it a one-run game in the seventh
as Zach Lucas had a leadoff single and scored on a two-out base
hit by Nick Solak to make it 4-3.
"We kept nipping away and we seemed to get it
within a run or two," Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell said,
"but we could never catch up, and I just thought offensively
they did a really good job tonight 1 through 9 in their lineup."
The 'Dores added an insurance run in the bottom
of the frame as Vince Conde walked for the third time and scored
later on a passed ball to push the margin to 5-3.
Sophomore right-hander Carson Fulmer (7-1, 5.1
IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the victory, getting the start
ahead of junior first-round pick Tyler Beede.
"We wanted to match up the skill set of our
pitcher versus the skill set of Louisville," Corbin said. "We
thought he was one that could contain the running game well. We
thought he could contain the bunt game, and Louisville does get
right on top of the plate. So you're pitching into a very small
window and thought he could execute that, and he did. I thought
he did a nice job. First three innings, I thought he came out
and pitched well. We started to get into deeper counts after
that and decided to make that switch."
Junior right-hander Adam Ravenelle allowed one
hit over the final 2.1 innings with two strikeouts to record his