Virginia lived on to play another day, as they fended off Vanderbilt on Tuesday to even up the College World Series at one game apiece, by winning Game Two 3-0.
Just like Game One, Vanderbilt and Virginia were once again locked in a pitchers’ duel, as the game was scoreless for six and a half innings. Virginia’s broke the scoreless tie when freshman Ernie Clement (who went 3-4) hit an RBI-single of Vandy’s Philip Pfeifer in the bottom of the 6th inning. In the next at-bat, Thomas Woodruff (who also went 3-4) added another clutch two-RBI double to put the Cavs up 3-0.
With that breathing room, Cavs’ star pitcher Josh Sborz (who came into the game in the top of the 6th inning) would cruise until the 9th inning when he allowed the first two baserunners to get on. Sborz would get out of the jam, while ultimately sealing the deal and earning the victory (7-2). He finished the game by pitching four relief innings and allowing zero runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three batters.
The Cavaliers also got a great start from Adam Haseley. Haseley pitched five scoreless innings and gave up just four hits and three walks, while striking out one batter before giving way to Sborz.
Pfeifer also had a nice start before running into trouble in the 6th inning. He ended his night tossing 5.2 innings allowing three runs (all unearned) on eight hits and one walk, while striking out six in the defeat (6-5).
Game Three of the College World Series is set for Wednesday with the winner taking it all.