November 30, 2015

Vandy scores nine in the third and holds off Virginia

Vanderbilt scored the most runs in a half inning in the history of four-year-old TD Ameritrade Park, by scoring nine times, then held of several Virginia threats for a 9-8 win in game one of  the championship series of the College World Series.

Three Vanderbilt pitchers were in and out of trouble as the Cavaliers whittled down a seven-run deficit — Virginia had 15 hits in the game, 11 after the Commodores had put up their nine-spot — but didn’t allow the lead to get away from them.

The Cavaliers grabbed a 2-0 lead against Vanderbilt starter Walker Buehler in the first, scored three runs in the bottom of the third after the first two batters had been retired on a hit by pitch and four consecutive singles. Virginia left nine runners on base, including two each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, and the tying run on third after getting within a run in the eighth.

Jared Miller got the win for Vandy with two innings of relief. He allowed five hits and two runs after Buehler was charged with eight hits and five runs in three innings. Miller allowed the first two batters he faced to reach in the fourth, but got the middle of the Cavalier order out.

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