CWS Finals

CWS Finals : Vanderbilt will head to its third College World Series championship final after rallying to beat Louisville 3-2 Friday night. The Commodores looked dead in the water until a verbal confrontation in the eighth inning stirred up the Vanderbilt bats. Louisville starter Luke Smith shouted at Julian Infante after striking him out to end the top of the eighth inning.

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It backfired on Smith and the Cardinals, who fell prey to Vanderbilt’s rally from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning.

Vanderbilt came to the College World Series ranked in the top five in all the major offensive categories. The Commodores have a .400 hitter, the No. 4 overall draft pick and three of the top 20 run producers in the nation.

Through 8⅓ innings against Louisville pitcher Luke Smith, they did virtually nothing. But once Smith started to go through the order a fourth time, Vandy couldn’t be held back any longer.

Pat DeMarco chopped a grounder over third base in the ninth inning to give Vanderbilt its first lead, and the Commodores went on to beat Louisville 3-2 on Friday night to advance to the CWS finals.

Michigan has gone from being an anxious team playing not to lose the Big Ten regular-season championship a month ago to one that is carefree and just two wins away from the national championship.

The Wolverines ended up letting that conference title slip away, and it was a lesson learned.

“Now they’re loose and laughing and smiling and having a great time and not thinking ahead, not making the moment too big,” Wolverines coach Erik Bakich said. “They’re just playing pitch to pitch and competing as hard as they can. When they make mistakes, they’re aggressive mistakes. That’s a sign of a group that isn’t scared and the moment isn’t too big for them.”

Michigan scored in all but one inning against a struggling Texas Tech pitching staff and beat the Red Raiders 15-3 on Friday to continue its improbable postseason run.
Next stop: College World Series finals.

Jimmy Kerr homered twice and had four hits, Jesse Franklin had three hits and four RBIs and the Wolverines scored double-digit runs for the 20th time this season.

One of the last four teams to receive an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament, the Wolverines (49-20) reached the CWS for the first time since 1984 and will play for their first national championship since 1962.
They’ll play a best-of-three series against Vanderbilt or Louisville starting Monday.

Tech’s Micah Dallas (7-2), who took his first loss of the season after a rough three-inning outing against the Wolverines last week, was knocked out in the second after the first three batters reached. John McMillon was the first of six Tech relievers, and five of them gave up at least one run.

Michigan has gone from being an anxious team playing not to lose the Big Ten regular-season championship a month ago to one that is carefree and just two wins away from the national championship.

The Wolverines ended up letting that conference title slip away, and it was a lesson learned.

“Now they’re loose and laughing and smiling and having a great time and not thinking ahead, not making the moment too big,” Wolverines coach Erik Bakich said. “They’re just playing pitch to pitch and competing as hard as they can. When they make mistakes, they’re aggressive mistakes. That’s a sign of a group that isn’t scared and the moment isn’t too big for them.”

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