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Buehler shuts down UC Irvine in relief of struggling Beede in Vanderbilt's 6-4 victory at CWS

  • Vanderbilt's Zander Wiel, left, slides home on a sacrifice fly ball by John Norwood, as UC Irvine catcher Jerry McClanahan, right, waits for the ball, in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

    Vanderbilt's Zander Wiel, left, slides home on a sacrifice fly ball by John Norwood, as UC Irvine catcher Jerry McClanahan, right, waits for the ball, in the fifth inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede (11) delivers against UC Irvine in the first inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede (11) delivers against UC Irvine in the first inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • UC Irvine's Grant Palmer, left, celebrates his run against Vanderbilt in the second inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At right is UC Irvine Taylor Sparks (25). (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

    UC Irvine's Grant Palmer, left, celebrates his run against Vanderbilt in the second inning of an NCAA baseball College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At right is UC Irvine Taylor Sparks (25). (AP Photo/Eric Francis)  (The Associated Press)

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.