CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Dansby Swanson scored the go-ahead run for Vanderbilt in a 4-2 victory over Illinois on Monday that sent defending national champions back to the College World Series.
The shortstop had two hits with two runs scored and one RBI in the win over the Illini (50-10-1) in the deciding game at the Champaign super regional.
Swanson scored the go-ahead run in sixth-inning after sending a Tyler Jay pitch to the wall in right-centerfield. Earlier Swanson stroked a solo homerun to left.
Starting pitcher Philip Pfeifer struggled early for the Commodores (47-19). But Illinois scraped up just two early runs before the lefthander found his control. Pfeifer wound up going six innings to get the win.
Jay took loss. The reliever started just his second game of the season. He pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up all four runs.