CWS roundup: Vandy, Miami win in walk-off fashion
Omaha, Neb. — Even when Jacob Heyward failed, he was a success.
It was that kind of day for the Miami sophomore, who singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Hurricanes knocked Arkansas out of the College World Series with a 4-3 victory on Monday.
Heyward, the hottest No. 9 batter in the college game right now, was supposed to bunt before he delivered the walk-off win. He squared up twice and got down 0-2 against Zach Jackson. That forced Heyward to swing away. And it was a good thing.
"I've got to be honest, when we were bunting in the bottom of the ninth, he didn't get it over, and I was almost glad," coach Jim Morris said. "I just had a feeling he was going to get a hit."
Heyward hit a two-run homer and reached base all four times he went to the plate Monday. Heyward rounded first base, tossed his helmet high in the air and waited for teammates to mob him after Carl Chester scored the winning run. Chester pinch ran for Willie Abreu, who started the ninth with a double off the center-field wall.
"We were trying to win a ballgame, and it would have been terrible if I had struck out with a man on second base," Heyward said. "I had to have a good at-bat, and I tried to put the barrel on the ball. It happened."
The Hurricanes (50-16) move to a Wednesday game against Virginia or Florida. The Razorbacks (40-25) went two-and-out at the CWS for only the second time in eight appearances.
Bryan Garcia (6-2) earned the win after getting out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the ninth. Jackson (5-1) took the loss.
Heyward, the younger brother of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward, has reached base in six of eight plate appearances in two games.
"It looked like he was seeing a beachball out there, everything we threw him," Arkansas' Joe Serrano said. "He was handling the bat real well, and I wish him the best of luck the rest of the College World Series."
Heyward drilled a Jackson Lowery pitch into the left-center seats in the fifth inning for the first CWS home run between the power alleys in the five years the event has been held at the spacious TD Ameritrade Park. It was Heyward's fourth of the season.
"For us, huge win, huge win," Morrisa said. "Mr. Heyward's day, goodness gracious. He had an unbelievable day."
Virginia 1, Florida 0: Virginia's Brandon Waddell allowed two hits over seven-plus innings and got shutdown relief help from Josh Sborz in victory over Florida.
The Cavaliers (41-22), the 2014 national runners-up, took control of their bracket and are off until Friday. They need one more win to reach next week's best-of-three finals. The Gators (50-17) will play an elimination game Wednesday against Miami, the team they beat by 12 runs in their Omaha opener.
Florida starter A.J. Puk held Virginia scoreless on one hit through five innings, but the Cavaliers strung together three straight singles to load the bases with one out in the sixth. That brought on Taylor Lewis in relief to face Robbie Coman, who lofted a sacrifice fly to score Matt Thaiss.
That was the only run the Cavaliers needed, thanks to the work out Sborz after the Gators started to get to Waddell (4-5) in the eighth. Dalton Guthrie drew a walk and reached third on No. 9 batter Ryan Larson's liner into right center.
Sborz, who pitched three innings of one-hit shutout relief against Arkansas on Saturday, came on to face Harrison Bader with none out. Bader sent a hard drive right back at Sborz, who had his glove knocked off as he protected his head. Sborz gathered himself and threw to second for the force out. Richie Martin then lined out to second and Josh Tobias grounded out.
Sborz induced three groundouts in the ninth to earn his 15th save and end the Gators' 10-game win streak.
Vanderbilt 4, Cal State Fullerton 3: Freshman Jeren Kendall's two-run homer off Tyler Peitzmeier into the right-field bullpen in the bottom of the ninth inning gave defending national champion Vanderbilt a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton in the College World Series on Monday.
The Commodores were down 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when heavy thunderstorms Sunday night forced the suspension of the game until Monday afternoon.
Zander Wiel's RBI double on the first pitch from Chad Hockin after play resumed made it 3-1. Peitzmeier, who grew up 25 miles west of Omaha in Yutan and walked on to Fullerton, retired six straight in the seventh and eighth before Vanderbilt struck in the ninth.
Wiel doubled leading off and scored on Bryan Reynolds' two-base hit. Then Kendall launched Peitzmeier's 0-1 slider into the bullpen for the first walk-off homer at the CWS since 2009.
College World Series
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.
Virginia 5, Arkansas 3
Florida 15, Miami 3
TCU 10, LSU 3
Vanderbilt vs. Cal State Fullerton (suspended)
Vanderbilt 4, Cal State Fullerton 3
Miami 4, Arkansas 3, Arkansas eliminated
Virginia 1, Florida 0
Game 7 — LSU (53-11) vs. Cal State Fullerton (39-24), 3 p.m.
Game 8 — TCU (50-13) vs. Vanderbilt (48-19), 8 p.m.
Game 9 — Miami (50-16) vs. Florida (50-17), 8 p.m.
Game 10 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m.
Game 11 - Virginia (41-22) vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 12 - Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 20
x-Game 13 - If Game 9 winner also wins game 11, TBD
x-Game 14 - If Game 10 winner also wins Game 12, TBD
Championship Series (Best-of-3)
Monday, June 22, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m.
x-Wednesday, June 24, 8 p.m.