The Vanderbilt Commadores are the second team to advance to the College World Series in Omaha after North Carolina did it earlier in the day, thanks to their emphatic victory over Oregon State in Game 2 of their Super Regional. The Vandy bats were alive in both of their wins in the series as they combined for 20 runs, outscoring the Beavers by 16.
Aaron Westlake had the game of his live for Vanderbilt on Saturday night, and considering his great college career, that's really saying something. He hit 3-4 and drew a walk, hitting a home run and driving in six RBI in the process. The fans gave him a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his final at bat - the home run - then continued to cheer until he gave them a curtain call.
Starter Grayson Garvin was solid in his four-plus innings, but the man who pitched the rest of the game, Will Clinard, was even better. He got through just under five innings in 64 pitches while throwing eight strikeouts and walking just one batter.
Oregon State were in this game for quite a while, but their defense was ultimately their downfall. The Vanderbilt bats were good, but the Beavers outfielders were worse, and their countless errors allowed the Commadores to break a 2-2 deadlock in the 5th inning, then eventually pull away further.
With Vanderbilt in the College World Series, six spots remain. Tomorrow, all six remaining spots could be settled, while no less than two new teams will join Vanderbilt and North Carolina in Omaha.