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WATCH: Vanderbilt edges Arizona in extras at College World Series, 7-6

Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores third baseman Jayson Gonzalez (99) celebrates after defeating the Arizona Wildcats at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Vanderbilt Commodores survived a ninth-inning comeback by Arizona Saturday night to hold the Wildcats scoreless the rest of the way before prevailing 7-6 in 12 innings in their first game at the College World Series. Jayson Gonzalez provided the walk-off, game-winning single up the middle to score Isaiah Thomas, providing the final margin.

The Commodores led off the bottom of the 12th with a pair of singles by Thomas and Parker Noland. After a foul-out and then a walk by Javier Vaz, Gonzalez lent his heroics with the game-winner.

Arizona tied it up 6-6 in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Donta Williams, which scored Mac Bingham from third.

Arizona had a scoring opportunity in the top of the 12th. Williams doubled to lead off the 12th inning, but the Wildcats couldn’t advance the runner, popping up and striking out twice.

Vanderbilt will face NC State Monday, while Arizona faces an elimination game against conference foe Stanford.

–Field Level Media