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 earlier Monday.
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 3-1.
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 Saturday openers.
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 season.
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