Starting pitcher Brandon Waddell held Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game, as Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh inning, as the Cavaliers evened the College World Series Finals with a 7-2 victory on Tuesday night. Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball on Wednesday night.
The sophomore lefty Waddell retired 12 in a row starting from the fifth through eight innings before giving up a walk with two outs in the ninth. The Cavaliers turned a 2-1 deficit entering the sixth inning into a 6-2 lead at the end of the seventh. Kenny Towns and John La Prise drove in two runs apiece, and the Cavaliers finished with 13 hits against Beede (8-8) and three relievers. Virginia has a total of 15 runs and 28 hits the last two games.
Beede looked sharp early for Vandy, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks. The 14th overall draft pick by the San Francisco Giants left with two outs in the seventh after allowing six runs on 10 hits and three walks.