With the win over UC Irvine, Vanderbilt has advanced to the top half championship where they will play the winner of UC Irvine and Texas. Whoever wins that game will have to defeat the Commodores twice to advance to best of three Championship series.

Vandy got two runs in the first inning but UC Irvine responded with four in the top of the second.

The score stayed 4-2 until the fifth inning when Commodores busted out three runs to retake the lead. The go-ahead run came on a Norwood sac fly, making the score 5-4 Vandy.

It stayed that way until the seventh, when Norwood added another RBI on a single to left.

Although UC Irvine did get two runners on in the 8th, they were unable to score and didn’t threaten at all in the ninth, going down in order.

Vanderbilt is now one win away from advancing to the best of three Championship series against the winners of the bottom group.

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