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Thornhill keeps Texas alive in CWS
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - With Nathan Thornhill's eight scoreless innings leading the way, Texas avoided elimination once again in the College World Series by coming through with a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Friday.
Thornhill scattered six hits -- all singles -- and walked just one to set up a rematch between the Longhorns and Commodores on Saturday, with the winner to advance to the best-of-three Championship Series that begins Monday.
Texas has now won three straight -- the last two by shutout -- after dropping its CWS opener to UC Irvine last Saturday.
The Virginia-Ole Miss game was suspended in the second inning due to rain. The game will resume at 3 pm et on Saturday. Virginia had men on first and second before the game was called.
The Longhorns scored all of their runs in the first two innings, striking twice in the opening frame and twice more in the second.
Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson quickly put himself into a major jam by hitting a pair of Longhorns around a walk to load the bases with none out in the top of the first. C.J. Hinojosa followed with an RBI infield hit and Ferguson later walked in another run before being removed after recording just two outs.
Brian Miller replaced Ferguson and was reached for a pair of runs in the second, with consecutive triples by Zane Gurwitz and Brooks Marlow extending Texas' lead to 3-0. Marlow later crossed the plate on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Payton that Miller mishandled for an error.
Miller managed to keep the Longhorns scoreless the rest of the way, striking out eight while permitting just four hits over 7 1/3 innings.
06/20 22:36:18 ET