Vanderbilt blanks TCU 1-0 on Zander Wiel’s homer; LSU gets Thursday rematch with Horned Frogs _lowres

Vanderbilt's Zander Wiel (43) and TCU catcher Evan Skoug, right, follow Zander's solo home run ball in the seventh inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Theiler)

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.