Van­der­bilt will be back in the fi­nals

Los Angeles Times - - GOLF: U.S. OPEN -

OMAHA — De­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Van­der­bilt re­turned to the Col­lege World Se­ries fi­nals af­ter Walker Buehler and John Kili­chowski com­bined on a five-hitter and Rhett Wise­man home­red in a 7-1 vic­tory over Texas Chris­tian on Fri­day night.

The Com­modores (50-19) move to the best-of-three fi­nals start­ing Mon­day against the win­ner of Satur­day’s game be­tween 2014 run­ner-up Vir­ginia and Florida.

Buehler (5-2), the Dodgers’ first-round draft choice, gave up four hits and a run and struck out eight in 62⁄ in­nings. Kili­chowski al­lowed one hit the rest of the way.

TCU starter Tyler Alexan­der (6-3) was touched for three runs and seven hits in 21⁄ in­nings for the Horned Frogs (51-15).

With his fast­ball clocked in the mid-90s early, Buehler re­tired the first 10 TCU bat­ters. He gave up back-to­back sin­gles, then set down six of the next seven.

TCU came to Omaha with a 2.38 earned-run av­er­age that ranked sec­ond na­tion­ally, and the Frogs gave up only eight runs in their first 27 in­nings at the Col­lege World Se­ries. They gave up seven runs, six earned, in the first five in­nings against Van­der­bilt.

Florida 10, Vir­ginia 5: Richie Martin dou­bled twice and reached four times as the Ga­tors forced a fi­nal game with the Cava­liers in their bracket.

Florida (52-17) ru­ined the re­turn of Vir­ginia ace Nathan Kirby, who had been side­lined for nine weeks be­cause of a strained back mus­cle as Vir­ginia (41-23) lost for the first time in eight NCAA tour­na­ment games.

Just like his mis­er­able night in the opener of last year’s CWS fi­nals against Van­der­bilt, Kirby couldn’t make it out of the third in­ning. Florida tagged him for four runs on five hits in the third and made it 9-1 with a five-run sixth.

Ga­tors starter Lo­gan Shore (11-6) won for the sec­ond time at the CWS.

The game was dif­fer­ent from the first Florida-Vir­ginia meet­ing Mon­day, when Bran­don Waddell and Josh Sborz com­bined on a twohit­ter as the Ga­tors won, 1-0.

Ted Kirk As­so­ci­ated Press

VAN­DER­BILT’S Bryan Reynolds cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a triple in the vic­tory over TCU.

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