October 31, 2014

Day three CWS: Texas adds to their record and Vandy keeps series streak alive

Texas played an error-free game, but the Louisville Cardinals committed four errors in helping Texas to its’ CWS-record 83rd win in a 4-1 defeat. Louisville is knocked out. Vanderbilt became the 28th consecutive team to win at the CWS when scoring five or more runs. The Commodores beat UC-Irvine 6-4 and are one win away from the finals.  Wednesday sets up an elimination game for Texas and UC-Irvine and Tuesday, Ole Miss and Texas Tech play with the loser out. TCU and Virginia, a pair of number one seeds play later tonight.

The Commodores improved to 35-2 when scoring five or more runs, including 6-0 in the NCAA tournament.  Dansby Swanson led VU going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. One of his doubles looked as if it might be the first home run hit in the six games at the College World Series in 2014. But it hit off the very top of the fence in the left-field corner. His 27th double put Swanson at the top of the nation’s leaders in the category and tied the Vanderbilt single-season record set in 2004.

Solid defense and pitching are the key to the Longhorns’ success.  Parker French, a sinker-baller, pitched six shutout innings in a win against Houston in the Super Regionals and has allowed three runs in 20 innings in three NCAA tournament appearances. The Longhorns’ pitching staff has a 1.35 ERA in its past eight games.