His staff has been battered for 15 runs and 28 hits through the first two games of the CWS championship series, but Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin firmly stated Tuesday night that he’s not worried about his pitchers.
Nine more innings of swings for Virginia will prove if he should be or not.
“We’re fine,” Corbin said after the Cavaliers evened the best-of-three series with a 7-2 win. “We’re playing a good team. We’re playing a team that has a very high plus-minus. They don’t strike out, they walk, they put the ball in play. They had very good approaches at the plate. It’s a tough team to pitch against.
“But there’s no issue with our pitching. Not an issue. None whatsoever.”
Virginia is hitting .354 through the first two games of the championship series against a staff that came into the CWS with a 2.75 team ERA.
But the Commodores (50-21) have struggled to get quality starts in Omaha, and they watched a promising one crumble Tuesday night after Tyler Beede (8-8) pitched three-hit ball for five innings and took a 2-1 lead to the sixth.
Beede said his “execution was just a little bit more poor the third and fourth time through the lineup” as Virginia started making its move.
The Cavaliers squeezed out three runs on four hits in the sixth. Beede then gave up a two-out single to Kenny Towns in the seventh.
But while Virginia delivered some two-out daggers on Tuesday night, however, Corbin said there were plays Vanderbilt might have made to limit or avoid the damage.
“Give them credit because they hit-and-ran and moved runners around, but we could have contained the (sixth) inning more,” Corbin said. “We didn’t. We had been pretty good about finishing off innings and making plays. But this is a tough group to put away. They certainly make some noise with two outs.”
Vanderbilt needs to figure out how to do it or settle for a runner-up finish in Omaha. It’s likely that the Commodores will go with sophomore right-hander Carson Fulmer (7-1, 2.00 ERA) on Wednesday night, but Corbin said “everyone’s in” as they try to quiet the Virginia bats.
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