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CBD Photo Gallery: Two-Out Hits Propel Commodores

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt scored four of its five runs with two outs, including all three in a second-inning rally, and that was enough to knock off Louisville, 5-3, in the College World Series opening round.

The Commodores’ big rally started with a pair of walks and a single that loaded the bases for leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson. A wild pitch got Vanderbilt (47-19) on the board and then Swanson tacked on two more, clearing the bases with a rope into left-centerfield for a double.

The big inning came after freshman outfielder Bryan Reynolds made a leaping catch on the warning track before crashing into the chain link fencing in front of the left field bullpen. Reynolds catch stole a run and the momentum away from Louisville (50-16).

After Reynolds made it 4-0 with an RBI triple in the fourth inning, Louisville clawed back to 4-3 with the help of an ill-advised diving attempt by Rhett Wiseman on a tailing liner in right field that went for a Sutton Whiting RBI triple.

But after the Cardinals got to within a run on Nick Solak‘s RBI single in the seventh inning, Vanderbilt turned the ball over to junior Adam Ravanelle. Ravanelle, the Detroit Tigers’ fourth-round draft pick, slammed the door shut with 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, to record his first career save. (Not a bad time for that one.)

Carson Fulmer picked up the win (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 K) to improve to 7-1 while Louisville ace Kyle Funkhouser fell to 13-3. Funkhouser gave up four earned runs in six innings. He allowed six hits and issued six walks.

With the win, Vanderbilt advances to face UC Irvine, who defeated Texas, on Monday at 7 pm CST. Louisville will have to face Texas at 2 pm the same day in an elimination game.

Here’s CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling‘s top shots from the nightcap of the 2014 College World Series opening day in TD Ameritrade Park:

  • Vince Conde dives back into first base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Vince Conde dives back into first base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Kyle Funkhouse took this loss for Louisville. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Kyle Funkhouse took this loss for Louisville. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Dansby Swanson had 2 H & 2 RBI. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Dansby Swanson had 2 H & 2 RBI. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Cole Sturgeon lines a single. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Cole Sturgeon lines a single. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • John Norwood breaks from second base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    John Norwood breaks from second base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Nick Burdi struck out both batters he faced. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Nick Burdi struck out both batters he faced. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Ro Coleman is pumped up after taking a 3-0 lead. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Ro Coleman is pumped up after taking a 3-0 lead. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Dansby Swanson says he's No. 1 after a two-run double. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Dansby Swanson says he's No. 1 after a two-run double. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Alex Chittenden takes a turn. He had 2 H. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Alex Chittenden takes a turn. He had 2 H. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Louisville couldn't get the big hits with runners on base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Louisville couldn't get the big hits with runners on base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Vince Conde can't get a ball deep in the hole. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Vince Conde can't get a ball deep in the hole. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • This isn't Cole Sturgeon's first CWS experience.  (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    This isn't Cole Sturgeon's first CWS experience. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Xavier Turner lines one right into your home. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Xavier Turner lines one right into your home. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Tim Corbin (& Ro Coleman unseen directly in front of him) lead off third while Funkhouser delivers. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Tim Corbin (& Ro Coleman unseen directly in front of him) lead off third while Funkhouser delivers. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Jared Miller hit the only batter he faced. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Jared Miller hit the only batter he faced. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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Be sure to check out our other coverage from Vanderbilt’s 5-3 victory: