Vandy knocks North Carolina from CWS
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Taylor Hill pitched seven strong innings, Connor Harrell hit a three-run home run and Vanderbilt knocked North Carolina from the College World Series with a 5-1 victory.
Vanderbilt led from the start on Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park, knocking Tar Heels' starting pitcher Greg Holt from the game after just 2 2/3 frames, while its own hurler finished off seven effective frames. Hill allowed just the one run on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks, while Holt gave up five runs on four hits with one walk.
Jacob Stallings had two hits and Ben Bunting knocked in the lone run for the Tar Heels, who lost both of their games in Omaha to the Commodores.
Harrell finished 2-for-3 and Conrad Gregor also had two hits for Vanderbilt, which advanced to face Florida on Friday. If the Commodores come out victorious, they have to beat the Gators again the next day to advance to the best-of-three championship series. Florida beat Vanderbilt three-of-four times this season, including a 5-0 victory in the SEC Championship game.
The Commodores jumped to an early lead as Tony Kemp tripled to dead center and scored on Anthony Gomez's sacrifice fly to right. That was just the beginning, as Vandy padded its advantage with three more runs in the second. Mike Yastrzemski singled to right and swiped second with one out before Gregor worked a walk. Harrell brought them both home with a three-run home run to left-center field for a 4-0 lead.
The SEC stalwart used the long ball again the third, as Curt Casali's fly ball rode the wind and sailed over the wall in left-center field for the five-run margin.
North Carolina mounted a rally in the fifth, plating its first run and loading the bases with two outs for Stallings, who failed to make contact and went down swinging to cut the rally short.
06/22 22:10:32 ET