One team will see its season come crashing to an end Monday at the College World Series, and another will put itself in excellent position going forward with a 2-0 record.
When it comes to college baseball, the stakes don’t get much higher than during Day 3 of this event. Here is a look at where and when you can follow all the action live as well as a look at yesterday's scores.
|2014 College World Series: Day 3 Schedule|
|Game||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Texas (0-1) vs. Louisville (0-1)||3 p.m.||ESPN2||Watch ESPN|
|Vanderbilt (1-0) vs. UC Irvine (1-0)||8 p.m.||ESPN2||Watch ESPN|
|2014 College World Series: Day 2 Scores|
|3||TCU 3, Texas Tech 2|
|4||Virginia 2, Mississsippi 1|
Louisville (0-1) vs. Texas (0-1)
Louisville looked like one of the stronger teams coming into the College World Series, but it lost to Vanderbilt 5-3 in the opener Saturday. Ultimately, the three runs the Cardinals allowed in the second inning were simply too much to overcome.
As for Texas, the Longhorns led 1-0 from the second inning all the way through the seventh Saturday against California Irvine, but the Anteaters pushed three across in the eighth to win.
Thanks to those losses, the loser of this clash between the Cardinals and the Longhorns will be going home.
Texas’ offense was stifled against UC Irvine, but it does have C.J. Hinojosa anchoring the attack. Adam Winkler of CBS Austin pointed out that Hinojosa will certainly be ready against Louisville:
However, the Cardinals are the only team that made the 2013 CWS to return to the 2014 version, and they will use that experience to gain an early lead against Texas in a pressure-packed game. In fact, 19 players who participated in last year’s event are back, and they will avoid some of the mistakes that come from inexperience in these situations.
Jeff Gardner’s power and Louisville’s overall prowess on the basepaths will be enough to seize control against Texas before turning the ball over to Nick Burdi at the back end of the bullpen. Burdi is as lights-out as closers come at this level, and he will shut the door on Texas.
The Longhorns’ 35th appearance in the CWS, an all-time record, will be brief.
Vanderbilt (1-0) vs. UC Irvine (1-0)
Vanderbilt certainly didn’t win in the most conventional style against Louisville on Saturday.
It scored its first run on a wild pitch and its last run on a passed ball, but head coach Tim Corbin seemed fine with that, according to the Associated Press, via GulfLive.com: “Any momentum swing in this tournament is a big deal, and runs are tough to come by. We were fortunate in a lot of ways tonight.”
Interestingly enough, the Commodores chose to save their ace for Monday’s matchup against UC Irvine instead of pitching him right away, as Chris Smith of 247Sports noted:
Tyler Beede wasn’t quite as dominant this season as he was last year, but he was still taken 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants in this year's MLB draft. Despite some inconsistency, Beede is a Major League-quality pitcher, and he will perform accordingly Monday.
UC Irvine won’t counter with its own ace, Andrew Morales, because he already pitched a gem against Texas on Saturday.
The Vanderbilt offense, led by Dansby Swanson, will put some early runs on the board, and Beede will limit the damage against the small-ball oriented Anteaters. Vanderbilt will be in excellent position in this double-elimination tournament after winning its first two games.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 6, UC Irvine 3
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