College Baseball

Gators beat Vandy in CWS

Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Preston Tucker belted a three-run homer and the Florida Gators beat the Vanderbilt Commodores, 3-1, in the College World Series.

Inclement weather forced the contest to be completed on Tuesday morning. A line of approaching bad weather that spawned a tornado watch in the area halted play in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night.

Before the storm clouds arrived, Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth with a drive to right field off Vanderbilt starter Grayson Garvin, who hadn't given up a hit through the first three frames.

Gators starter Karsten Whitson worked 4 2/3 innings. He was pulled after giving up an RBI single to Anthony Gomez in the fifth that drew Vandy within two.

Steven Rodriguez relieved Whitson and returned to the hill when play resumed Tuesday. Rodriguez walked one batter and struck out seven while not allowing a hit in 4 1/3 innings.

Vanderbilt will play North Carolina on Wednesday in an elimination game. The Commodores beat the Tar Heels in the tournament opener on Saturday, 7-3.

Florida needs just one more win to advance to the best-of-three championship series and will play on Friday against the survivor between Vandy and UNC.

06/21 12:19:41 ET


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