06/16 16:21 CDT Martin hits 2 HRs, Vanderbilt beat Louisville 3-1 in CWS
Martin hits 2 HRs, Vanderbilt beat Louisville 3-1 in CWS
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) --- Austin Martin homered on Reid Detmers' first pitch of the
game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie in Vanderbilt's 3-1
victory over Louisville on Sunday in the College World Series on Sunday.
Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven
strong innings and help No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt (55-11) improve to 4-0
in its CWS openers.
Martin homered twice for the second straight game, having hit two against Duke
on June 9. He became the first player since Florida's Harrison Bader in 2015 to
lead off a CWS game with a homer when he drove Detmers' initial offering out to
Martin's two-run homer off Bryan Hoeing (3-4) in the seventh barely cleared the
wall in left center, but it was long enough to break a 1-all tie after Julian
Fellows (13-1), a sixth-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres this month and
the national wins leader, had worked the first four innings of an 18-5 loss to
Duke in the super regional opener June 7.
No. 7 Louisville (49-17) had base runners in six of Fellows' seven innings but
found a semblance of rhythm only in the fifth. No. 8 batter Justin Lavey
started things with a double and scored on Henry Davis' base hit to tie it.
Lucas Dunn and Logan Wyatt followed with singles to load the bases with one
out, but Fellows got a flyout and groundout to snuff the threat.
Fellows allowed six singles and a double, walked one and struck out six before
the bullpen took over. All-SEC closer Tyler Brown worked the ninth for his 15th
Detmers labored through the first three innings and he left with two outs in
the sixth. Vanderbilt managed only one hit off the sophomore left-hander after
Martin's homer and JJ Bleday's single in the first, but the ACC pitcher of the
year walked a career-high six during his 102-pitch afternoon.
Vanderbilt caught a break in the sixth when Louisville's Lavey popped up in the
grass behind first base. Running with two outs, Danny Oriente came around from
second. Infante, the Commodores' first baseman, couldn't make the catch, but
the ball had floated just foul, and the call was upheld on a video review.
Lavey ended up striking out, and the Cardinals had only three other batters
reach base the rest of the way. They were just 3 for 16 with runners on base.
Vanderbilt will play a Bracket 2 winners' game Tuesday night against the winner
of Sunday's late game between Auburn and Mississippi State.
Louisville plays an elimination game Tuesday afternoon against the
Auburn-Mississippi State loser.