OMAHA, Neb. —
Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game, Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh, and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series finals with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.
Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener.
Waddell (10-3), who pitched a solid seven innings with no decision against TCU a week ago, was even better against the Commodores. He didn’t allow a hit in the fifth through eighth innings and retired 12 in a row before he issued a walk with two outs in the ninth.
His first official complete game came in a six-inning, rain-shortened game against Monmouth in March.
NCAA College World Series Glance
By The Associated Press
At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Monday, June 23: Vanderbilt 9, Virginia 8
Tuesday, June 24: Virginia 7, Vanderbilt 2, series tied 1-1
Wednesday, June 25: Virginia (53-15) vs. Vanderbilt (50-21), 8 p.m.