Brandon Waddell limited Vanderbilt to five hits in his first nine-inning complete game, Virginia knocked out first-round draft pick Tyler Beede in the seventh, and the Cavaliers evened the College World Series finals with a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.
Each team will be playing for its first national title in baseball in the winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Virginia (53-15) forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener.
Waddell (10-3), who pitched a solid seven innings with no decision against Texas Christian a week ago, was even better against the Commodores. He didn't give up a hit in the fifth through eighth innings and retired 12 in a row before he issued a walk with two outs in the ninth.
Kenny Towns and John La Prise drove in two runs apiece, and the Cavaliers finished with 13 hits against Beede (8-8) and three relievers.
The Cavaliers turned a 2-1 deficit entering the sixth inning into a 6-2 lead at the end of the seventh.
Brandon Downes drove in Virginia's third run of the sixth when his fly ball to center glanced off the heel of John Norwood's glove for a triple. Towns' third two-out single of the game brought in two more runs in the seventh.