Buehler’s relief effort lifts Vandy over Irvine

Vanderbilt pitchers, from left, Jared Miller, Walker Buehler and Brian Miller celebrate a 6-4 win over UC Irvine. Buehler tossed 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

Vanderbilt pitchers, from left, Jared Miller, Walker Buehler and Brian Miller celebrate a 6-4 win over UC Irvine. Buehler tossed 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. – Walker Buehler pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief, and John Norwood drove in the go-ahead run and another for insurance in Vanderbilt’s 6-4 win over UC Irvine at the College World Series on Monday night.

Buehler took over for struggling first-round draft pick Tyler Beede and helped move Vanderbilt within one win of the CWS championship round. The Commodores (48-19) will play in a bracket final Friday against the winner of a Wednesday elimination game between UC Irvine (41-24) and Texas.

Buehler (12-2) retired the first nine batters he faced and finished with seven strikeouts in only his third relief appearance of the year. Only two balls were hit out of the infield against him.

Norwood’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth inning put Vanderbilt up 5-4, and his two-strike, two-out single in the seventh made it a two-run game.

Texas 4, Louisville 1: Parker French and Travis Duke limited Louisville to four hits, and Texas manufactured runs in three straight innings to beat the Cardinals in an elimination game.

The Longhorns (44-20) ended a four-game CWS losing streak dating to 2009 and will play Vanderbilt or UC Irvine in another elimination game Wednesday. Louisville (50-17) went 0-2 in the CWS for the second straight year and is 1-6 in three appearances in Omaha.

French (7-5) held the Cardinals to four singles in 7 1/3 innings, and Duke retired their last five batters for his first save.

Louisville sophomore starter Anthony Kidston (9-1) lost for the first time in 15 decisions as a collegian and the Cardinals committed four errors, just as they did in their elimination-game loss to Oregon State last year.