Day 2 of the 2019 College World Series featured two more compelling matchups with both having
Game 3 saw the highest ranked team in the field, the No. 2 Vanderbilt Commodores, take on the No.
7 Louisville Cardinals.
It didn’t take long for Vanderbilt to assert themselves as Austin Martin took the first pitch from
Louisville starter Reid Detmers deep to left field to give the Commodores a quick 1-0 lead. That was
the first leadoff home run in a College World Series game since 2015.
The score remained 1-0 until the 5th, when Louisville scored their first run of the CWS. Justin Lavey
ripped a double past the diving Vanderbilt third baseman Martin with one out. On the next pitch, 9-
hole hitting catcher Henry Davis put one back up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.
Vanderbilt starter Drake Fellows was superb, allowing just one run in seven strong innings. His
offense rewarded him for his hard work in the bottom of the seventh, as after a Julian Infante double,
Martin went deep for the second time in the game. With the Commodores up 3-1, coach Tim Corbin
turned to his bullpen to finish the job.
“It hurts when their best player beats you,” Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell said. “I’m sure they
have more than one best player, but obviously you could say their best player beat us today.”
Zach King came in to get the first out of the 8th, and then it was Tyler Brown to shut the door and
record the final five outs of the game to pick up the save and give Vanderbilt the 3-1 win.
“Detmers is tough to solve,” Corbin said. “He’s very good at what he does, and that’s an excellent
team. So we were fortunate.”
Game 4 matched up last year’s SEC Cinderella, the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs, with this year’s
SEC Cinderella, the Auburn Tigers, in what was undoubtedly the game of the weekend.
The Bulldogs’ lefty ace Ethan Small got off to a great start, striking out the first five batters of the
game. But things quickly took a turn as Rankin Woley beat out an infield single which was followed
by a 2-run moonshot home run by Edouard Julien. The homer traveled a lofty 429 feet, which is tied
for the longest home run in the College World Series since it began being played in TD Ameritrade
Julien would come up big again in the 4th inning. After a 10-pitch walk drawn by Woley to give the
Tigers runners on first and second with two out, Julien hit a flare to center to score another run and
make it 3-0 in favor of Auburn.
Mississippi State would have their chances in the next few innings, putting multiple runners on in the
5th, 6th, and 7th. They were only able to come up with one run, however, and that came in the 6th on
a Gunner Halter RBI single.
The Tigers would tack on an insurance run in the 8th after a Steven Williams single led to a throwing
error by Bulldog second baseman Justin Foscue that allowed Will Holland to scamper home and
make it 4-1 Auburn.
But in baseball, the sport with no clock, the game is never over. In the bottom of the 9th, the top of
the order came to the plate with the Bulldogs trailing by three runs.
The senior leader Jake Mangum got the rally started with a leadoff double. After a Jordan Westburg
strikeout, Tanner Allen drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate in Elijah MacNamee.
MacNamee ripped a double down the left field line to make it 4-2. Justin Foscue then grounded out,
allowing a run to cross and make it 4-3 with MacNamee standing at second with two outs.
“I give our guys credit, we fought to the last out, and just kept competing, and it’s something we’ve
talked about all year,” Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis said.
The Bulldog catcher Dustin Skelton came to the plate with the tying run in scoring position, and he
hit a ground ball to third that was seemingly going to end the game. But the Tiger third baseman
Edouard Julien, who had a big night at the plate, air mailed the throw to first, allowing the tying run
to cross home and tie the game. After the next two men reached to load the bases, Marshall Gilbert
ended the ballgame on a walk-off single up the middle, leading to the Bulldogs 5-4 come-from-
“Tough one tonight,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. “I thought we played an unbelievable
game. We had a chance to win the baseball game, I don’t think there is any doubt about that. Just one
play away tonight.”
Mississippi State now moves on to battle another SEC foe in No. 2 Vanderbilt on Tuesday night at 6
p.m., while Auburn will take on Louisville at 1 p.m. that afternoon.
Day 3 will get started with an elimination game Monday at 1 p.m. with No. 5 Arkansas vs No. 8
Texas Tech, and conclude with the battle of surprise 1-0 teams Michigan and Florida State.