CWS What to Watch: June 23
CWS Finals Game 1: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Virginia Cavaliers
8 p.m. ET Monday | ESPN with Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza and Jaymee Sire
GameCenter | Follow on Twitter: CWS | Vanderbilt | Virginia
|Did You Know: Vanderbilt becomes the sixth different SEC school to reach the CWS Finals in seven seasons. An SEC team has played in the finals in each of the past seven seasons.||Did You Know: Virginia will make its first trip to the finals and the first for an ACC program since UNC in 2007. The only ACC team to win a CWS title was Wake Forest in 1955.|
|On the Bump: Vandy's Walker Buehler, who threw 5.1 innings of no-hit relief last Monday in a win against UC Irvine, gets the sart. He is 12-2 with a 2.27 ERA this year.||On the Bump: Nathan Kirby has three starts this postseason and brings a 2.75 ERA into the finals. Kirby allowed one hit in seven-plus innings against Ole Miss on June 16.|
|In the Box: Bryan Reynolds’ pair of singles Saturday against Texas were his tournament-leading 18th and 19th hits of the postseason.||In the Box: Brandon Downes had his 15th multiple-hit game Saturday with singles in the first and fourth innings.|
|Pepper: A first-time champion will be crowned. This is the first appearance in the CWS Finals for Vanderbilt and Virginia.
• Virginia takes a 3-0 record into the CWS Finals. The past three national champions went undefeated in Omaha.
• Vanderbilt leads the CWS field in offense, averaging 3.75 runs per game, compared to 2.5 by the rest of the field.
• The Cavaliers own a 6-4 all-time CWS record. They are 2-4 against SEC members and 4-0 versus all other conferences.
• Vanderbilt has 12 stolen bases in the 2014 College World Series, upping their total 115 for the year.