Update (8:49 PM ET): Davis lined out again in the sixth inning to break his tie with Vélez. Davis now owns the record for consecutive hitless at-bats for a position player, currently at 47. [Another update: Make that 0-for-48. Davis struck out looking in the seventh.]
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued to struggle at the plate. With a pair of line-outs in his first two at-bats on Monday against the Athletics, Davis tied the record for consecutive hitless at-bats at 46. His streak dates back to September 14 last season.
Eugenio Vélez owned the record as he went hitless in his final nine at-bats of the 2010 season with the Giants, then went hitless in all 37 at-bats with the Dodgers the next year.
Davis, 33, entered Monday’s action with four walks and two RBI as his only positives at the plate. He struck out 13 times in 27 trips to the plate. Yikes.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.