History was made amongst the college baseball world Wednesday night when the Virginia Cavaliers won the 2015 College World Series. Not only were the Cavaliers a long shot to win the title starting the tournament as a No. 3 regional seed, the victory gave Virginia the second win needed for the three game championship series and sealed their first ever NCAA Baseball National Championship.
Virginia won the final game of the championship series 4-2 after overcoming some adversity in the series. The Cavaliers lost the first game of the series to the Vanderbilt Commodores, the defending National Champions, before winning the next two games and claiming the title.
In the final game of the series, Waddell took the mound for the Cavaliers and pitched seven innings allowing two runs to be scored. Vanderbilt struck early in the game scoring their only two runs in the first inning. Waddell countered by pitching the next six innings only allowing two hits to the Commodores. Nathan Kirby finished off the final two innings striking out five of eight batters he faced at the plate.
Virginia tied the game in the fourth inning with a homer hit by Kyle Smith. He also singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to put the Cavaliers up 3-2. That was the turning point according to Brian Bonar and other fans tuning in. A final insurance run was added in the seventh inning after the lead-off batter reached first and was methodically pushed around the bases to score.