Vanderbilt trails Florida when rain halts College World Series

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 12:05am
Staff reports

It took quite a while for Vanderbilt to score against Florida.

It will take even longer to see if the Commodores can remain unbeaten at the College World Series.

Weather halted play Monday night in the second round matchup between the Southeastern Conference rivals, the game was suspended and set to resume at 10:06 a.m. Tuesday. At the time storms rolled into Omaha, Neb., Vanderbilt trailed Florida 3-1 with two out in the bottom of the sixth.

The Commodores scored their run on a two-out single by Anthony Gomez in the bottom of the fifth. Gomez drove in Connor Harrell, who had singled and advanced to second on a walk.

That snapped a streak of 22 consecutive shutout innings against Florida, which won three of four prior meetings this season.

Vanderbilt lost the season series to the Gators when it was shut out for the final eight innings in a 6-3 defeat on May 15. Two weeks later, Florida defeated Vanderbilt 5-0 in the SEC tournament championship contest.

Gators’ starting pitcher Karsten Whitson, the last Florida pitcher to allow a Commodores’ run, was pulled following Gomez’s single. He allowed four hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings before Steven Rodriguez replaced him.

Vanderbilt’s Grayson Garvin pitched all six innings before play was halted. He struck out nine and walked one but gave up five hits, including a three-run home run to Preston Tucker in the fourth.

Gomez had two of Vanderbilt’s four hits.

3 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 6/21/11 at 7:22

Go Vandy! Come and take this game!

By: gdiafante on 6/21/11 at 9:50

Nope, Vandy lost.

By: TITAN1 on 6/21/11 at 12:20

Yeah, I saw that. Hope they can bounce back against NC.