=== Florida-Vanderbilt game suspended by weather ===
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Florida was leading Vanderbilt, 3-1, in the
bottom of the sixth inning Monday night when the game was stopped because of a
line of approaching bad weather that spawned a tornado watch in the area.
After a delay of nearly 2 1/2 hours, the game was finally suspended for the
evening at 10:30 p.m. local time and scheduled to re-start Tuesday morning.
Both teams are 1-0 so far and seeking control of their bracket in the College
World Series. The loser will play North Carolina, which eliminated Texas
Florida took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on Preston Tucker's three-run
homer 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
Vanderbilt was batting with two outs in the sixth when the game was stopped
and the tarp rolled onto the field before the rain began to fall in earnest.
Florida beat Texas 8-4 and Vanderbilt topped North Carolina 7-3 in their
North Carolina got a dazzling four-hit shutout from Kent Emanuel on Monday and
eliminated Texas from the CWS with a 3-0 victory.
Emanuel fanned five and walked one batter in his second complete game of the
Jacob Stallings ripped a two-run single and Ben Bunting belted an RBI double
among his four hits for North Carolina. Levi Michael and Colin Moran added a
hit apiece in the win.
Jonathan Walsh smacked two of Texas' four hits, while starter Cole Green took
the loss after allowing two runs in two-plus innings. He gave up five hits,
walked one and struck out one.
Tant Shepherd and Jacob Felts had the other two hits for the Longhorns.
North Carolina took the lead for good in the third, when leadoff singles by
Chaz Frank and Bunting put runners on the corners. Green was pulled at that
point and Hoby Milner came in, nearly getting Texas out of the jam.
Milner struck out the first two batters he faced, but Stallings stepped up and
clubbed an 0-2 pitch into center field to plate both runners.
North Carolina tacked on another run in the ninth. Bunting smacked an 0-2
fastball from Texas reliever Andrew McKirahan off the base of the wall in
right field to plate Jeff Bouton, who had entered as a pinch-runner after Greg
Holt led off the inning with a walk.
But all North Carolina's offense needed to score was one run, given Emanuel's
brilliance. The freshman left-hander allowed only one runner to reach second
base all game and retired the final seven batters he faced.
06/21 00:14:24 ET