Cavaliers force decisive third game at CWS

Associated PressJune 24, 2014 

OMAHA, Neb. -- Virginia defeated Vanderbilt 7-2 to even their College World Series on Tuesday night.

A decisive third game will be held tonight at 7 p.m. to decide the National title.

If Vanderbilt wins the national title, the Commodores will be able to point to not one but two improbable contributors.

John Kilichowski's turn came in Monday's 9-8 win over Virginia. The 6-foot-5 freshman left-hander pitched perfect sixth and seventh innings, and made a kick save -- and a beauty -- on a ground ball to keep the Cavaliers from tying the game in the eighth.

Kilichowski was limited to 20 innings this season because of back problems, and he hadn't pitched since May 17.

"We talked as a group about trying to get a Tyler Campbell from the pitching staff that hasn't been in there yet that could pick us up, and Johnny certainly did that," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said.

Campbell is the third baseman who has starred as the replacement for Xavier Turner, who was ruled ineligible Friday for violating NCAA rules.

Kilichowski said he wasn't as rusty as one might think for not having appeared in a game since getting one out against South Carolina five weeks ago.

"I do pitch. I pitch in scrimmages all the time," Kilichowski said to reporters. "So I haven't pitched in a game, but that's as much of a game as there is. It's just you guys aren't there for it. We treat it like a game. We have hitters. They're calling balls and strikes. We have a guy back there calling them, and it's as serious as any game, and I take them like that."

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