Vandy tops Cards 5-3 at College World Series

Carson Fulmer

OMAHA-- Vanderbilt scored four of its five runs tonight with two outs remaining in beating nemesis Louisville in the first day of the College World Series.

Ro Coleman's second inning two out single advanced runners and kept the inning alive. Later John Norwood scored the first run of the game on a Cardinal wild pitch. A double to Dansby Swanson scored Coleman and Kyle Ellison and made it 3-0 after two.

In the fourth, again with two outs, Bryan Reynolds' triple to right center scored Swanson and Vandy led 4-0.

After the Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth and another run in the top of the seventh to narrow the VU lead to 4-3, Vandy answered in the bottom of that inning when Vince Conde scored on a passed ball. Conde had earlier reached on a walk.

Tim Corbin: "We've hit the ball well the past three weeks."

Carson Fulmer pitched 5 1/3 inning striking out six, walking two and allowing six hits and two earned runs to earn the win. Jared Miller and then Hayden Stone relieved Fulmer before Adam Ravenelle earned the save pitching 2 1/3 innings and striking out two while allowing one hit and no runs.

"I thought he did a nice job," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin of Fulmer after the game. "The first three innings I thought he came out and pitched well. We started to get into deeper counts after that and decided to make that switch, not that he couldn't have gone any further but we just thought that was a good time to bring in Stone and Stone got the two fly balls and managed to get out of that inning so we were fortunate at that point."

Louisville's Kyle Funkhouser struck out five in six innings of work, allowing six hits and four earned runs to take the loss.

Next up for Vanderbilt (47-19) is UC-Irvine on Monday at 7 pm CT. The Anteaters defeated Texas 3-1 earlier in the day. Louisville (50-16) will face Texas at 2 pm.

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