OMAHA, Neb. – Tyler Campbell’s bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Vanderbilt a 4-3 win over Texas on Saturday night, and sent the Commodores to the College World Series finals against Virginia.
Campbell was in his second game filling in for third baseman Xavier Turner, who was ruled ineligible Friday for a violation of NCAA rules. Campbell had only 21 at-bats this season when he stepped to the plate in the 10th. He sent a slow grounder toward shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, who charged the ball, but couldn’t get it to first in time to get Campbell. Rhett Wiseman scored on the play.
Freshman Hayden Stone (3-0) struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings of relief of Carson Fulmer.
Virginia 4, Mississippi 1: Robbie Coman’s two-run, bases-loaded single gave Virginia the lead, and Josh Sborz and two relievers limited Mississippi to six singles to send the Cavaliers to the College World Series finals.
Virginia (52-14), in the CWS for the third time, will go to the championship round looking for its first national championship in baseball. The Rebels (48-21) lost to Virginia for a second time in the CWS, ending their first trip to Omaha since 1972.
Sborz (6-4) threw 12 pitches on Friday before a heavy thunderstorm forced suspension of the game in the second inning. He was on the mound when play resumed, and worked through the fifth inning. Artie Lewicki took over to start the sixth, and closer Nick Howard worked the ninth for his 20th save.