OMAHA, Neb. — Zander Wiel’s home run leading off the seventh inning broke up Alex Young’s no-hit bid, Philip Pfeifer and Kyle Wright combined on a five-hitter and the Commodores defeated TCU 1-0 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
The defending national champion Commodores (49-19) earned two days off and will have to be beaten twice by TCU (50-14) or LSU to be denied a second straight trip to the best-of-three finals. TCU, which beat LSU 10-3 on Sunday, will face the Tigers again in an elimination game Thursday.
Young (9-3) flummoxed Vanderbilt for six innings, striking out a career-high 12. Wiel drove the junior left-hander’s 2-1 changeup just inside the left-field foul pole for his 15th homer of the season. Young left after Rhett Wiseman doubled with two outs in the eighth.
Pfeiffer (5-5) and Wright allowed five singles and walked four, but the Horned Frogs went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Wright earned his fourth save.
It was the second straight narrow win for the Commodores. They came back from a 3-0 deficit Monday to defeat Cal State Fullerton 4-3 on Jeren Kendall’s game-winning home run. They made the most of their three hits against Young, a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Trey Teakell.
The first six innings weren’t entirely smooth for Young. The Commodores loaded the bases in the third on a passed ball on a strikeout, a throwing error on Young and a walk.
Young struck out Rhett Wiseman and Dansby Swanson to end the threat and begin a stretch of 11 straight batters retired before Wiel went deep.