OMAHA, Neb. - University of Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell allowed just two runs and scattered five hits en route to a 7-2 complete game victory over Vanderbilt. The victory forces a College World Series final tonight in Omaha.
South Plainfield’s Brandon Downes once again was one of the hitting stars for Virginia. Sporting his Coach Mosca wrist band, Downes scored Virginia’s first run of the game after singling in the third inning. The run put the score at 2-1 Vanderbilt.
The game remained tied until the top of the sixth inning, when Virginia pushed across three runs to take a 4-2 lead. The scoring was highlighted by Downes two-out triple to centerfield which scored Kenny Towns. Downs shot to center caromed off Vanderbilt Centerfielder John Norwood’s glove as Downes raced to third base. The potent Virginia offense tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning and one more in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Neither Virginia nor Vanderbilt has ever won a College World Series Title. The game will be televised on ESPN at 8:00pm.