June 23, 2014
Nine-Run Third Carries
Vanderbilt Past Virginia
In Omaha, Neb., Tyler Campbell had a three-run
double to cap a nine-run third as Vanderbilt edged Virginia 9-8
Monday evening to win the opener of the Championship Series of
the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Commodores (50-20) are one win away from the
first national championship for a men's program at Vanderbilt.
“We’re fortunate to win that game, for sure,”
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin said. “No one could have
scripted that game.”
The Cavaliers (52-15) started the scoring the
bottom of the first as Derek Fisher (2 for 5) delivered a
two-run single to give Virginia a 2-0 advantage.
That three-run two-bagger was the second of the
frame for Campbell. His first followed a one-out walk to Jason
Delay. Dansby Swanson drew a walk to load the bases. Bryan
Reynolds singled to drive in the first run, while Vince Conde,
Zander Wiel and John Norwood each drew bases-loaded walks to
make it 4-2. Rhett Wiseman reached on an error to plate another
run and ended the day for UVa starter Nathan Kirby (9-3, 2.1 IP,
2 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K). Chris Harvey delivered a sacrifice
fly before Campbell's three-run double to up the advantage to
“The game was defined in the third inning,”
Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. "Nathan Kirby has done
the job all year long for this team. I thought he was pretty
sharp the first two innings. The third inning, he just kind of
“I just couldn’t find my release point,” Kirby
said. “It hadn’t happened all year, but it happened tonight.”
Virginia cut into the deficit in the bottom of
the third as Kenny Towns had an RBI single and Brandon Downes (2
for 5) delivered a two-run single to make it 9-5.
The Cavs added another pair in the fifth. Nate
Irving drove in one with a double and Daniel Pinero (3 for 5)
had an RBI single as Virginia narrowed the gap at 9-7.
UVa pulled to within one in
the eighth. Branden Cogswell (3 for 4) had a leadoff single,
moved to second on a base hit by Pinero, advanced to third on a
sac bunt by Mike Papi and scored on a groundout by Joe McCarthy
to make it a 9-8 contest.
Jared Miller (7-2, 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K)
earned the win in relief, while Adam Ravenelle retired the Cavs
in order in the bottom of the ninth for his second save.
The nine runs were the most surrendered by
Virginia this season. The Cavaliers are 0-10 when allowing five
or more runs. It was the first loss for UVa when scoring seven
or more runs.
“It’s nice to be up 1-0, but that’s not where our
mindset is right now,” Swanson said. “We’re focused on still
playing the game.”
Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin on third baseman Tyler Campbell,
who has replaced Xavier Turner, who was suspended three games
ago for violating an NCAA rule: “I guess Tyler’s a veteran
now. He’s played three games. I just thought his play all the
way around was aggressive and on point.” Before the press
conference, Corbin told ESPN’s audience that Campbell’s Omaha
run, which includes the game-winning infield single against
Texas to reach the title series, is “just storybook, it’s a
Hoosiers’ type thing.”
Campbell had two doubles in the nine-run inning – one that got
the rally going and another that drove in three – but Corbin
said he told his team that the biggest play offensively was
Dansby Swanson beating the throw to second base on Bryan
Reynolds’ grounder to short.
After battling back the whole game, Virginia nearly tied the
game in the eighth inning, but Vince Conde, shifted up the
middle against left-handed hitters Joe McCarthy and Derek
Fisher, made two slick plays. On the first, McCarthy’s liner
grazed off John Kilichowski’s cleat, enabling Conde to get to
the ball and fire in time to first as a run scored to make it
9-8. On the next, Conde gloved behind second base and fired
just in time to get Fisher.
When asked about not pitching for a while,
Kilichowski said, “I do pitch; I pitch in scrimmages all the
Cavaliers relievers Whit Mayberry and Austin Young were
splendid. Although Mayberry allowed Campbell’s second double,
he allowed three hits and one earned run in 3.1 innings. Young
allowed one hit and struck out four in 3.1 scoreless innings.
“Our relief pitchers kept the game in check and gave us a
chance,” O’Connor said.
“On this stage, when you give up nine runs in
an inning, you can be a little shell-shocked, on your heels a
little bit,” O’Connor said. He said that he reminded his team
what they play for and that they had the opportunity the rest
of the game to show the heart they had and what they were
Kirby said he had a tough time finding his
release point. “It kind of hit me in the first inning, but I
tried to fight through it, and it got to me in the third
inning.” In his past three starts – two in Omaha and one in
the Super Regionals – he’s allowed 11 earned runs in 14
innings (7.07 ERA). He allowed 15 earned runs in 91.1 innings
in going 8-1 with an 1.48 ERA in becoming the ACC Co-Pitcher
of the year during the regular season. Added O’Connor: “Those
of us who have pitched, we’ve all been there before. This
outing is not going to define who he is as a person or who he
is as a pitcher.”