OMAHA – The CWS (College World Series) kicked off on Saturday with 2 games including a team who has never been here before (Vanderbilt) and a team who has been here more than any other (Texas).
#6 Vanderbilt 7, #3 North Carolina 3
Game 1 featured the newcomer to the CWS in Vanderbilt against North Carolina. In their first ever game in the CWS, and the first ever at the new TD Ameritrade Park, Vanderbilt took the victory.
Vandy left fielder Tony Kemp (3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) led the way offensively for the Commodores. In the top of the first Kemp singled and advanced to 3rd on a ground out after reaching 2nd base on a throwing error. Aaron Westlake quickly drove him in with a sacrifice fly and just like that Vandy was on the board.
The game would go back and forth going into the 6th inning with UNC up 3-2 when Vandy exploded for 3 runs. In that 3-run 6th, Conner Harrell (1-for-4, 2 RBI) would hit a 2-run home run for Vandy putting them on top 5-3. Vandy would add 2 more in the 8th to put the game away.
Colin Moran led the way for UNC offensively going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Chaz Frank chipped in with 2 hits of his own including a triple.
All-American Sonny Gray started and went 4.2 innings for Vandy allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks. Corey Williams would pick up the win in relief after tossing 2.2 innings.
`#7 Texas 4, #2 Florida 8
Golden Spikes Award finalist Taylor Jungmann continues to struggle in the post-season. Jungmann started and took the loss, his third of the season and third in the post-season. He lasted only 4.1 innings, his shortest of the season, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits and 4 walks.
The game was scoreless until the third when Texas jumped out on top 3-0. Two straight errors allowed Texas batters to reach base to start the third inning. Tant Shepherd (1-for-4) then singled to right driving in the first run of the game. Mark Payton (0-for-3) followed with a sacrifice fly to put Texas up 2-0. After Shepherd stole second, Brandon Loy (2-for-4) singled to move him to third. Erich Weiss (0-for-3) drove in the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly and Texas led 3-0.
Texas managed only 5 hits in the game. Loy was the only Longhorn with more than 1 hit.
After being down 3-0, Florida quickly got back in the game scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Then the Gators would score two more in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 4-3. They never looked back after that scoring one more in the fifth, two more in the seventh, and one final run in the eighth.
Bryson Smith went 2-for-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs to lead the Gators attack. Daniel Pigott went 2-for-3 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Hudson Randall pitched 6.2 strong innings for the Gators allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 5 to earn the victory.
Texas will now take on North Carolina on Monday at 1pm with the loser going home while Florida and Vanderbilt will face each other Monday night.
2011 CWS Schedule
(All Times Central)
Saturday, June 18
Game 1: No. 6 Vanderbilt 7, No. 3 North Carolina 3
Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8
Sunday, June 19
Game 3: California vs. No. 1 Virginia – 1 p.m. ESPN
Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. ESPN2
Monday, June 20
Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Texas – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)
Game 6 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)
Tuesday, June 21
Game 7 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 8 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD) Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Wednesday, June 22
Game 9 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Thursday, June 23
Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
Friday, June 24
Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD) Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8
Saturday, June 25
Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.
Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 26
No games scheduled
MEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS
Monday, June 27
Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Tuesday, June 28
Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Wednesday, June 29
Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.