=== 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
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
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