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              === Gators rally to beat Vandy, reach CWS finals ===
 
 Omaha,  NE  (Sports Network) -  Preston Tucker hit  the go-ahead RBI single in
 the  bottom  of the eighth  inning as Florida  downed Vanderbilt, 6-4, in 2011
 College World Series action on Friday.
 
 Tucker knocked in two runs total, while Nolan Fontana notched a two-run single
 for the Gators, who will take on the winner of the South Carolina-Virginia set
 starting Monday.
 
 Austin  Maddox  picked up the  win after recording the  final five outs of the
 contest.  Starter  Alex Panteliodis yielded three  hits and one run with three
 strikeouts over six innings.
 
 Aaron  Westlake  finished  with  two  hits including  a  solo  homer  for  the
 Commodores.  Conrad Gregor tied  the game in the top of the eighth when he was
 hit  by  a pitch with the  bases loaded, and  Connor Harrell also knocked in a
 run.
 
 Sonny  Gray was charged  in defeat for all six runs on 12 hits over seven-plus
 frames. He fanned eight but walked five.
 
 Daniel  Pigott began the home eighth with a single, then both Dent and Fontana
 bunted for base hits to load the bases and Gray was chased from the mound.
 
 Two batters later, Tucker's single to left brought in Pigott with the go-ahead
 run, and Florida took a 6-4 lead when Mike Zunino fanned swinging but the ball
 skittered away -- allowing Dent to come in.
 
 Maddox shook off a Westlake double in the ninth to preserve the victory.
 
 Westlake's  first-inning homer staked Vandy to an early lead, but Tucker's RBI
 groundout  in the  third and a two-run  hit from Fontana in the fourth made it
 3-1 for the Gators.
 
 Bryson  Smith's double-play grounder in the sixth provided another Gators run,
 but  the Commodores came  back with two on a Harrell single and a bases-loaded
 walk to Tony Kemp.
 
 Vandy  rallied  in the  eighth with  three straight  one-out singles from Curt
 Casali, Mike Yastrzemski and Jason Esposito. Gregor followed by being plunked,
 forcing  in the  tying  run, but  the game  remained  deadlocked after  Steven
 Rodriguez retired the next two batters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 06/24 18:33:22 ET