It's a "V" thing in the finals of the 2014 College World Series. The Vanderbilt Commodores and Virginia Cavaliers will begin their best-of-three series to determine the king of the hill in college baseball this year.
It all starts on Monday, June 23. Here's how you can watch all the action.
Note: All games can be watched via the WatchESPN app.
|Game||Date||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|CWS Finals: Game 1||June 23||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|CWS Finals: Game 2||June 24||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|CWS Finals: Game 3*||June 25||8 p.m.||ESPN|
For Vandy, players like Bryan Reynolds and Dansby Swanson are the main names fans and the media will focus on. Virginia's nasty pitching staff and Mike Papi are well deserving of the limelight for the Cavs.
However, lesser-known players could prove to be the keys to victory.
Vanderbilt Commodores: Tyler Campbell
After driving in the game-winner against the Texas Longhorns to reach the finals, Campbell has already played the role of unlikely hero.
You won't see many walk-off infield singles, but that's exactly what Campbell produced to beat Texas. Despite struggling to a .217 batting average this season, Campbell proved to be a man of the moment against Texas.
Christian D'Andrea of Anchor of Gold summed up Campbell's rags-to-riches story: "Tyler Campbell was an afterthought heading into the College World Series. On Saturday night, he was Vanderbilt's hero."
Via Jarrod Breeze of NCAA.com, after his big hit that delivered the Commodores to the cusp of a title, Campbell said: "From the time I got in, I’ve tried to stay focused, stay in the moment and it’s been all right."
It certainly was all right on Saturday night. No one is expecting Campbell to come in and go 4-for-4 in Games 1 and 2 against Virginia, but if he finds himself at the plate with a chance to deliver in the clutch again, Vandy knows TC can come through.
Virginia Cavaliers: Thomas Woodruff
He's only played in 11 games this season, but he hit .429 in seven at-bats, and he scored the winning run when Virginia knocked off TCU last week.
Though unspectacular, Woodruff is fundamentally sound and smart. He could make an impact late in games as a pinch hitter or pinch runner. He almost always makes solid contact, as he has struck out just four times in 24 career plate appearances.
Because this is his third year on the team, Woodruff could be called upon by head coach Brian O'Connor to make a play late.
All it takes is one subtle but smart contribution to make an impact. Because of his experience and skill, Woodruff could do just that.