College World Series 2015 scores: Close games abound in Omaha

Each night of the College World Series, we'll provide you with a recap of the day’s games and a look ahead to what’s next in Omaha.In the first of three outcomes Monday, Jeren Kendall hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a three-run rally as Vanderbilt beat Cal State Fullerton 4-3 in the completion of a game that was halted Sunday night because of rain. MORE: Analysts call LSU 'most complete team' | College World Series TV timesMiami also won in walkoff fashion. Jacob Heyward delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth as the Hurricanes slipped past Arkansas 4-3 in an elimination game. In the nightcap, Brandon Waddell and Josh Sborz combined on a two-hit shutout as Virginia edged Florida 1-0 in a winners’ bracket game.Cal State Fullerton returns to action Tuesday in an elimination game against LSU before Vanderbilt and TCU play in the winners’ bracket of their side of the double-elimination bracket. The other side of the bracket has the day off before Miami and Florida play an elimination game. The winner will meet Virginia on Friday. The Cavaliers need one win to advance to the championship series; the Hurricanes or Gators will need to beat them twice to move on.Impact playersJeren Kendall, LF, Vanderbilt: Kendall went 2 for 4, capped by his game-winning home run.Bryan Reynolds, CF, Vanderbilt: Reynolds also had two hits, and he drove in the Commodores' first run in the ninth with a one-out double.Thomas Eshelman, SP, Cal State Fullerton: Eshelman was brilliant against Vandy. He allowed four hits and stuck out eight over 5 2/3 innings before the rains came Sunday. A runner who was on base when the game was suspended scored when play resumed Monday.Jacob Heyward, LF, Miami: Heyward hit a two-run homer and the game-winning single as part of a 3-for-3 day.Thomas Woodrey, SP, Miami: Woodrey allowed three hits and one unearned run and struck out seven over six innings.Rick Nomura, 2B, Arkansas: Nomura went 3 for 4 with an RBI.Brandon Waddell, SP, Virginia: Waddell was splendid against the Gators, allowing just two hits and three walks over seven-plus innings. He struck out three.Josh Sborz, RP, Virginia: The Cavaliers’ closer inherited a first-and-third, no-out jam in the eighth from Waddell and worked out of it. He then got three ground balls in the ninth to close the door on Florida.A.J. Puk, SP, Florida: Puk pitched into the sixth inning, yielding a run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.Glove workSborz's first batter, Harrison Bader, hit a liner back up the middle. Sborz got a glove on it, then checked the runner at third and looked toward first before finally firing to second to get the forceout.Stats of the dayVanderbilt became the first team in 71 games to win a College World Series contest when trailing after eight innings.Kendall’s homer was the first walkoff homer in the CWS history of TD Ameritrade Park and the first in Omaha since 2009.Miami’s win was its first in Omaha since 2008.Virginia’s victory win was its first 1-0 win in tournament history and the 20th overall.Odds

& endsYasmani Grandal hit Miami's last College World Series homer in 2008.Waddell is 2-0 with an 0.78 ERA in 23 career innings at the College World Series, which ranks eighth in CWS history for pitchers with a minimum of 20 innings.Florida had been shut out twice this season before Monday night. Kentucky and Vanderbilt blanked the Gators.The Hurricanes have 10 one-run victories this season. Six of those wins have been by a 4-3 score.Quotables“I think it was a tale of two different games. I felt (Sunday night) was frustrating for the Vanderbilt side, obviously, because of how Eshelman pitched and their ability to score some runs on some walks and some big hits from their vantage point. Certainly coming into (Monday) was a reset situation for us and we kind of set it up that way. We knew that it was going to be a different scenario on the mound. We knew it was going to be a different attack and the kids responded very well.” — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin“Yeah, I dream a lot. So I dream a lot about big moments. But obviously just hearing the guys talk about their experiences last year kind of made me a little more comfortable, obviously coming in here as a freshman not knowing what it's like. So, yeah, I felt pretty comfortable today.” — Kendall“I mean, I don't think we're going to use that to an excuse. I think we came out today and we were ready to play, and they put some good swings on the ball and were able to hit the ball in some key situations. But we're not looking to blame the weather delay for any excuse on what happened today.” — Eshelman“I had fun. It's a blessing to be here at the College World Series with my teammates, and just playing hard for my teammates. I wasn't playing the start of the year and I just appreciate Coach for having faith in me and all my teammates having faith in me just for the respect of me being a player. And I just wanted to do the best I could for my teammates. I felt they deserved that and we all know we worked hard all season and just had fun and played the game hard for my team.” — Heyward“We knew going into it they were a really good hitting team. . . . They showed it all through the season, postseason, they've just been scoring a tremendous amount of runs. So you knew going in that you were going to have to compete. There wasn't going to be any easy at-bats and they would make you make quality pitches and they were going to take advantage of your mistakes. So you know going in you've got to limit those mistakes, continue trying to make those quality pitches, get hitters off balance, and that was kind of our game plan going into it.” — WaddellA look aheadTuesday's College World Series schedule:Game 7: LSU (53-11) vs. Cal State Fullerton (39-24), 3 p.m. (losers’ bracket)Game 8: Vanderbilt (48-19) vs. TCU (50-13), 7 p.m. (winners’ bracket)