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Vanderbilt scores 9 runs in 3rd inning, holds off Virginia to win 9-8 in Game 1 of CWS finals

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    Virginia pitcher Nathan Kirby (19) throws a pitch in the first inning of one of the best-of-three games against Vanderbilt in the NCAA baseball College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Virginia coach Brian O'Connor confers with pitcher Nathan Kirby in the third inning of one of the best-of-three games against Vanderbilt in the NCAA baseball College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Vanderbilt's Zander Wiel, right, slides safely into home plate for a run against Virginia catcher Nate Irving in the third inning of game one of the best-of-three NCAA baseball College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Francis) (The Associated Press)

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    Vanderbilt catcher Jason Delay (5) celebrates with right fielder Rhett Wiseman (8) after scoring a run in the third inning of the opening game of the best-of-three NCAA baseball College World Series finals against Virginia in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk) (The Associated Press)

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    Virginia players watch from the bench in the third inning of the opening game of the best-of-three NCAA baseball College World Series finals against Vanderbilt in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk) (The Associated Press)

Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby's sudden loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers to win 9-8 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

The Commodores (50-20) can win their first national championship in a men's sport with a win Tuesday night.

Tyler Campbell continued his improbable breakout for the Commodores, doubling twice in the third inning. His second double came off reliever Whit Mayberry with the bases loaded to put Vanderbilt up 9-2.

But Virginia (52-15) chipped away, scoring three runs in the third, two in the fifth and another in the eighth to make it a one-run game.

Adam Ravenelle came on in the ninth to get the last three outs for his second save of the CWS.