Gamecocks win to end busy day at CWS
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Christian Walker had two RBI and a run scored as the South Carolina Gamecocks easily handled the Virginia Cavaliers with a 7-1 victory in the College World Series.
It was the end of a busy Tuesday that also saw California eliminate Texas A&M and Florida beat Vanderbilt in the completion of a postponed game.
South Carolina pitcher John Taylor allowed one hit and a walk in 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win. Colby Holmes started the game and allowed the one Cavalier run on four hits while fanning seven.
Virginia starter Will Roberts lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk for the loss.
After the game was delayed an hour because of rain, Walker reached first with two outs in the first on a fielding error by third baseman Steven Proscia and was followed by a Jackie Bradley Jr. double that pushed Walker across the plate. Adrian Morales came up next and hit a single to bring in Bradley.
Morales was able to advance to third on the play because of Jared King's throwing error, and then scored on a Brady Thomas double to give South Carolina an early 3-0 advantage.
Carolina added another run in the third on three consecutive singles by Morales, Thomas and Peter Mooney.
Jake Williams tripled to lead off the fourth and Evan Marzilli followed with a double to knock him in. After a Scott Wingo bunt moved Marzilli to third, Roberts was replaced on the mound by Cody Winiarski.
Winiarski quickly gave up a double to Walker that made it a 6-0 game.
Virginia got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth on John Hicks' solo home run.
The Gamecocks got that run back in the eighth inning on a Walker single that brought home Robert Beary and gave Carolina a 7-1 lead.
South Carolina now awaits the winner of the elimination game between Virginia and Cal on Thursday.
Derek Campbell had two hits and drove in a pair of runs to help Cal eliminate Texas A&M with a 7-3 come-from-behind win earlier Tuesday.
Tony Renda went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Golden Bears, while Chad Bunting scored twice in a victory that advanced them in the second bracket of the CWS.
Cal starter Kyle Porter was solid through six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four to get the win.
Adam Smith's home run in the fourth gave Texas A&M a 1-0 lead, but starting pitcher Michael Wacha had a rough next 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs -- four earned. Wacha allowed nine hits and walked two while fanning five over 6 2/3 innings.
The Bears responded from Smith's solo shot with a three-run top half of the fifth. Bunting reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning while Darrel Matthews singled to put runners on the corners. Campbell followed with a single into right and center fielder Krey Bratsen misplayed the ball to allow both Matthews and Bunting to cross home.
Two batters later, Campbell touched the plate on Renda's flyout for a 3-1 edge.
Cal added three more runs in the sixth. Mitch Delfino belted an RBI double and scored on Bunting's base hit into left. Bunting came home on Campbell's single to make it a 6-1 game.
A&M's two-run sixth cut into its deficit, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer. With two men on, Smith reached on a fielder's choice while Bratsen scored on a throwing error. Smith came around to touch home two batters later, when Brandon Wood blooped the ball into center.
Cal, though, got one of the runs back in the seventh, as Devon Rodriguez singled in Renda to make up the final score.
The game was supposed to be Tuesday's early contest, but Florida and Vanderbilt had to finish their game.
Inclement weather forced the contest to be completed on Tuesday morning. A line of approaching bad weather that spawned a tornado watch in the area halted play in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night.
Preston Tucker belted a three-run homer as the Gators beat the Commodores, 3-1.
Before the storm clouds arrived, Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth with a drive 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 two.
Steven Rodriguez relieved Whitson and returned to the hill when play resumed Tuesday. He walked one batter and struck out seven while not allowing a hit in 4 1/3 innings.
Vanderbilt will play North Carolina on Wednesday in an elimination game. The Commodores beat the Tar Heels in the tournament opener on Saturday, 7-3.
Florida needs just one more win to advance to the best-of-three championship series and will play on Friday against the survivor between Vandy and UNC.
06/22 00:19:33 ET