Tim Corbin said there’s no doubt that at least one of his pitchers wants to start Wednesday in the final game of the College World Series championship series.
It’s anybody’s guess who will take the mound before all is said and done.
“Everyone’s in,” Corbin said. “I mean, it’s the last game of the season. Everyone’s going to pitch.”
Wednesday’s game (7 p.m., ESPN) was made necessary when the Commodores lost 7-2 to Virginia missed an opportunity to claim the title on Tuesday. That tied the best-of-three series at one game each and created the issue of who should start.
Corbin said it most likely would be Carson Fulmer, but called that decision “not official.”
Fulmer (pictured) entered the CWS as Vanderbilt’s best, or at least its hottest pitcher. He started two games already but has not been overused. He went 5.1 innings in the opening 5-3 victory over Louisville and lasted just 4.1 innings Saturday in an elimination game against Texas.
His 2.00 ERA and .197 opponents’ average are best among Vanderbilt starters but will be put to the test by Virginia, which has 28 hits to the Commodores’’ 11 in the first two games of the championship series.
“They don’t strike out. They don’t walk. They put the ball in play,” Corbin said. “They have very good approaches at the plate. They’re a tough team to pitch against, but I have no issue with their pitching. None whatsoever.”
So everyone is available. But someone has to be first.
“Our intention will probably be to go with Fulmer,” Corbin said. “And I’m sure he’ll fight to take the ball.”
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