Vandy falls to Virginia 7-2

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

Three hours before the most important start of his baseball career, at the UVa team hotel, Brandon Waddell stood inside a lobby teeming with fans, signing autographs for children and posing for photos with family members, unperturbed by the commotion around him.

Across the street at TD Ameritrade Park, the sophomore from Houston showed even more poise Tuesday night before a crowd of 24,308 and an ESPN audience. In a game Virginia had to win extend its season, Waddell was magnificent, scattering five hits in a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.

This is the Cavaliers’ third trip to the College World Series — they were also here in 2009 and 2011 — and not until Tuesday night had one of their pitchers thrown a complete game in Omaha. Waddell, a left-hander who relies on guile as much as on power, struck out five and walked three, and only one of the runs he allowed was earned.

On a night when the Wahoos’ cheering section at the stadium included UVa president Teresa Sullivan, Waddell retired 13 of the Commodores’ final 15 batters in his longest appearance as a college player.

Waddell’s timing was impeccable. And now the `Hoos, who were ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the regular season, are in position to win their first NCAA title in this sport.

Through five innings, Beede looked sharp in limiting the Cavaliers to one run on three hits and two walks. The 14th overall draft pick by the San Francisco Giants had been struggling with his control and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his previous CWS start against UC Irvine.

He left with two outs in the seventh after allowing six runs on 10 hits and three walks.

In the final game of the best-of-three CWS Finals, UVa (53-15) will be the home team against Vandy (50-21) on Wednesday night. ESPN will televise the game, which starts at 8 o’clock Eastern.

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