Game 2 of the College World Series Finals was looking like a classic pitchers duel until the bottom of the sixth inning, when University of Virginia freshman Ernie Clement broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI single to left field. Virginia senior Thomas Woodruff followed with a two-run single to center, giving the Virginia Cavaliers a 3-0 lead over the Vanderbilt Commodores that would hold up through the final three frames.
Virginia left-hander Adam Haseley pitched well in multiple situations that called for damage control, yielding four hits and three walks but yielding zero runs over the first five innings of the game. Virginia righty Josh Sborz then turned in four shutout frames in relief.
Sborz was selected 74th overall by the Dodgers in this month’s MLB Draft. He allowed the first two batters to reach in the ninth inning Tuesday but struck out two of the final three batters he faced to keep Vanderbilt off the board. Sborz has now gone 27 straight scoreless innings without allowing an earned run. But he tossed 73 pitches Tuesday in Game 2 and will be unavailable for Game 3 on Wednesday night in Omaha.
Vanderbilt took Game 1. Virginia took Game 2. The winner of Game 3 will take the title.