College World Series 2011: South Carolina Wins Back-To-Back Championships

South Carolina defeated Florida for the 2011 College World Series title, picking up their second in as many years.

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2011 College World Series Results: South Carolina Defeats Florida For Back-To-Back NCAA Baseball Championships

The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators, 5-2, becoming the first team to capture back-to-back College World Series championships since the Oregon State Beavers did it 2006-07. The Gamecocks went undefeated on their way to victory, winning 16 straight NCAA Tournament games and 11 straight College World Series games, both new records.

South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning of a sacrifice fly, a run-scoring error by Florida SS Nolan Fontana and then a Brady Thomas single. Florida catcher Mike Zunino answered back with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. However, a Peter Mooney home run in the sixth negated that Florida run. Florida's Josh Adams drove in a run in the top of the eighth, but South Carolina answered right back with a Scott Wingo RBI single to put the score at 5-2.

South Carolina starter Michael Roth (1.06 ERA) made a start on three days' rest and shut down Florida for the game. In 7.2 innings he allowed both runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six. Matt Price, also a pitcher who entered the championship series with a heavy workload behind him, pitched the final 1.1 innings. Florida starter Karsten Whitson allowed three runs (one earned) in 4.2 innings.

Florida's Preston Tucker will now need to decide on a pro career with the Colorado Rockies or on a return to Florida for another chance at a College World Championship Series in 2012.

Here are the complete championship results:

Championship Game 1: South Carolina def. Florida, 2-1 (11 innings)
Championship Game 2: South Carolina def. Florida, 5-2

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College World Series, South Carolina Vs. Florida: Preston Tucker's Gators Career Could End Soon

Florida Gators first baseman Preston Tucker will have quite a bit to think about over the next few weeks once the 2011 College World Series ends on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Back in the start of June, the Colorado Rockies selected Tucker in the 16th round of the draft. Since Tucker and the Gators were and still are in postseason play, the Rockies were not allowed to have any contact with him.

But that could change in a few hours or in a day, and Tucker will need to decide if he wants to come back for his senior year or if he wants to jump on his pro career. What are some things that will be weighing on his mind? Certainly a College World Series championship. Win the next two games and he can go out on top. Lose and he may want to come back for another chance.

He may also want a significant amount of money to sign. Though a 16th round selection, Tucker fell most likely due to signability concerns. If the Rockies can convince him to sign he would certainly require a significant bonus. Last year, the Rockies signed high school catcher Will Swanner as a 15th rounder for just under $500,000 while in 2004 the Rockies spent $925,000 to sign 14th rounder Dexter Fowler (that was after clearing money in the Larry Walker deal).

Being the presumed heir to Todd Helton's spot at first base hopefully sounds mighty nice to Tucker. This could go all the way down to the August 15 signing deadline.

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2011 College World Series: Florida Vs. South Carolina, Game 2 Preview

The South Carolina Gamecocks can capture back-to-back national championships if they win Tuesday's game of the 2011 College World Series championship series with the Florida Gators. South Carolina needed 11 innings to win, 2-1, Game 1 on Monday night. On one play, Florida catcher Mike Zunino and center fielder Bryson Smith each threw the ball away to allow Christian Walker to score on a steal of second.

After a strong 7.2 innings and one run allowed by Hudson Randall on Monday night, the Florida Gators turn to freshman Karsten Whitson, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. In his first season, Whitson impressed with an 8-0 record in 18 starts with a 2.43 ERA and 88 strikeouts. 

South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner will likely start Michael Roth on three days' rest to capture the College World Series title. Throwing 90 pitches in seven innings in his last game to reach the championship series, Roth has gone 13-3 with a 0.98 ERA this season. Can Roth come up with a gutsy performance and lead the Gamecocks to victory, or will his arm be too tired if he does indeed start on three days' rest.

Florida 1B and Rockies draftee Preston Tucker went 1-for-4 with a walk in the first game.

Here is the complete championship schedule:

Championship Game 1: South Carolina def. Florida, 2-1 (11 innings)
Championship Game 2: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 28, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 3: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 29, ESPN/ESPN3.com - if necessary

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2011 College World Series Results: South Carolina Wins, 2-1, On Two Throwing Errors In Extra Innings

The South Carolina Gamecocks are just one win away from capturing back-to-back College World Series title following their 11-inning, 2-1 victory over the Florida Gators on Monday night. After Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the top of the 11th inning with a line out to Preston Tucker, Christian Walker, injured wrist and all, singled up the middle of the field. On a steal of second Walker wound up scoring because catcher Mike Zunino threw the ball into center field and Bryson Smith threw the ball into the stands on the same place, allowing the run to score.

South Carolina brought in closer Matt Price, who had thrown 5.2 innings in his last relief appearance. Price allowed a leadoff single, but a ground out moved the runner into scoring position. Price buckled down, struck out Tyler Thompson for the second out and then got Daniel Pigott to ground to end the game.

Florida had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 10th, but South Carolina second baseman Scott Wingo came up with two huge saves with the bases loaded. On the second one, Wingo threw to home for the second out and then saw his catcher throw to first for the third out.

Scott Wingo also proved to be a hero earlier in the game when he tied the game in the eighth inning with a single. That was the only run Randall Hudson allowed in his 7.2 innings. South Carolina freshman Forrest Koumas allowed a Cody Dent sacrifice fly in his 5.2 innings.

This was South Carolina's 15th straight NCAA Tournament win and 10th straight in the College World Series. If they win on Tuesday, those will be new records.

Here is the complete championship schedule:

Championship Game 1: South Carolina def. Florida, 2-1 (11 innings)
Championship Game 2: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 28, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 3: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 29, ESPN/ESPN3.com - if necessary

 

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2011 College World Series: South Carolina Ties Game In 8th Inning

The South Carolina Gamecocks were finally able to break through in their 2011 College World Series game against the Florida Gator's Hudson Randall during the eighth inning. Randall had held the Gamecocks scoreless through 7.2 innings, but a leadoff walk came back to haunt him. A ground out and a pop out moved the runner over to third base and then Scott Wingo singled up the middle to tie the game at one.

Steven Rodriguez relieved Randall and struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning. Had the game finished at 1-0 in favor of the Gators, the Gamecocks would have lost by that score for the first time since 1985 in the CWS. And that was the last time the CWS had a 1-0 game.

Florida was unable to answer back in the bottom of the inning. Preston Tucker grounded out with Bryson Smith on first to end the inning.

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Florida Vs. South Carolina, CWS Score: Hudson Randall Keeps Gators Ahead, 1-0

The Florida Gators are just three innings away from winning Game 1 of the 2011 College World Series championship series. Holding a 1-0 lead after six innings, the Gators are thanking Hudson Randall for his stellar pitching so far. He has limited the Gamecocks to just two hits, a double in the first inning and a single in the fourth inning, while striking out six. His fastball-changeup combination has been nearly unhittable on Monday night.

Florida threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but ultimately came up short. With Cody Dent and Nolan Fontana creating the first two outs of the inning, Bryson Smith singled to keep things alive. Preston Tucker picked up his first hit on the game with a single immediately after Smith. However, Mike Zunino popped up to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the final out of the inning. Tyler Webb replaced South Carolina's Forrest Koumas before Tucker's at-bat.

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2011 College World Series Score: Florida's Hudson Randall Impressive Against South Carolina

The Florida Gators took a 1-0 lead over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Game 1 of the College World Series championship set. Tyler Thompson led off the bottom of the third inning with a walk and then wound up on third after a a ground out and a wild pitch. Cody Dent, son of Bucky, hit a sacrifice fly to score Thompson.

Florida ace Hudson Randall has been fooling South Carolina hitters so far, working a wicked curveball. Through three innings, Randall has struck out three and allowed one hit. South Carolina's Forrest Koumas, who hadn't pitched since June 5, had match Randall for the first two inning before he allowed that run in the third inning. He's held the Gators to one hit on the brighter side of things.

Florida's Preston Tucker, the Colorado Rockies' 16th round draft pick, came to bat in the first inning with Bryson Smith on first base, but Tucker popped out to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

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2011 College World Series: Florida Vs. South Carolina Preview

By Wednesday evening, if not earlier, the Colorado Rockies could have a 2011 draft pick who is also a 2011 College World Series winner. Drafted in the 16th round, Preston Tucker plays first base and the outfield for the Florida Gators, who are just two victories away from their first College World Series victory. But so are the South Carolina Gamecocks, last year's defending champions.

The best-of-three championship series kicks off in TD Ameritrade Park at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN this Monday night. Florida is making its second championship appearance, having lost to the Texas Longhorns in 2005 (but beat in the CWS this year). Preston Tucker has hit .313/.385/.558 with 23 doubles, 15 home runs and 74 RBI up to this point. He drove in the go-ahead run against Vanderbilt to reach the championship series. Tucker will be joined by catcher Mike Zunino (18 HR) and OF Daniel Pigott (15 SB) in pacing the offense.

Florida will start Hudson Randall, who has gone 11-3 with a 2.24 ERA, two complete games and one shutout this season. South Carolina, meanwhile, has freshman RHP Forrest Koumas ready to go, last pitching on June 5. He is 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts). Florida's own freshman, Karsten Whitson, will pitch Tuesday.

South Carolina may be without its top hitter, Christian Walker, who injured his wrist in Friday's 13-inning win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

 

Here is the complete championship schedule:

Championship Game 1: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Monday, June 27, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 2: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 28, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 3: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 29, ESPN/ESPN3.com - if necessary

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2011 College World Series Results: Florida, South Carolina Advance To Championship Series

The 2011 College World Series has become an all-SEC affair, as the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks both advanced to the championship series on Friday. Neither team lost on their way to the end of the tournament.

In the first game of the day, the Gators took out the Vanderbilt Commodores, 6-4. Rockies draft pick Preston Tucker drove in the first run and the go-ahead run for the Gators. Tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Gators put together three consecutive singles for Tucker, who then deposited the ball into left field for an RBI single. A wild pitch by Vandy's pitcher put an insurance run on the board. First-round draft pick and Vandy ace Sonny Gray allowed all six runs (two scoring after he left the game), walking five and striking out eight along the way.

The Gamecocks needed 13 innings to defeat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia ace Danny Hultzen pitched just three innings due to sickness, striking out eight and allowing zero runs. After Brady Thomas doubled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth for the Gamecocks, Virginia went ahead and tied the game in the top of the eighth. So the game continued on until the bottom of the 13th. Brady Thomas started things again with a single to center field, leaving for a pinch runner, Adam Matthews. Virginia pitcher Cody Winiarski failed to properly come up with two bunted balls, and the second one cost him dearly. It allowed the pinch runner, Matthews, to score the winning run.

Here is the championship schedule:

Championship Game 1: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Monday, June 27, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 2: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 28, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 3: Florida vs. South Carolina, 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 29, ESPN/ESPN3.com - if necessary

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2011 College World Series Schedule: Florida-Vanderbilt, South Carolina-Virginia Begin Final Four

The 2011 College World Series enters the final stages of the tournament on Friday when the Final Four begins. Both Vanderbilt and Virginia will need to win on Friday and then win on Saturday if they want to face each other in the championship series. What we do know for certain is that at least one team in the final series will be from the SEC. Vanderbilt takes on Florida in the first game of the day. 

For the Gators, things are simple: win and be in the championship series. This will be the Gators' sixth meeting with the Commodores this season. After taking the season series, 2-1, Florida won the SEC Tournament championship against Vanderbilt and then beat them in the CWS on Monday night and Tuesday morning (weather delayed the game until the next day) 3-1. The Rockies' 16th round draft pick, Preston Tucker, hit the three-run home run in the game against Vandy.

South Carolina beat Virginia on Tuesday night, 2-0. This time, though, the Gamecocks will need to face Virginia LHP Danny Hultzen. Just a few weeks ago, Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. Will this be his last college game?

Here is the full schedule for Friday:

Game 11: Florida vs. Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 12: South Carolina vs. Virginia, 5 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24, ESPN/ESPN3.com

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College World Series 2011 Results: Cal's Run In Omaha Ends With 8-1 Loss To Virginia

The storybook run the Cal Bears had been putting together this week in the 2011 College World Series came to a crashing end on Thursday night. The Virginia Cavaliers won, 8-1, to advance to the Final Four of the College World Series. 

Virginia, up 2-0 in the top of the sixth, struck for four runs. It started with a Kenny Swab single that turned into a single and a run scored as Cal center fielder Darrel Matthews fielded the ball improperly. A couple of single and a couple of doubles put three more runs on the board. The Cavs added two more in the top of the ninth. 

The Bears put their lone run of the game on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Virginia starter Tyler Wilson was dominant on the night, but two singles put a runner in scoring position with two outs. Cody Winiarski relieved Wilson and allowed a single up the middle to allow the run. WIlson's final line was 7.2 innings, one run on five hits, zero walks and five strikeouts. 

Virginia will need to beat South Carolina twice if it hopes to advance to the championship series.

Here are the results and the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal def. Texas A&M, 7-3
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 7-1
Game 10: Virginia Def. Cal, 8-1
Game 12: South Carolina vs. Virginia, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Continues With Cal Vs. Virginia In Elimination Game

Will the No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers see an end come to their season on Thursday afternoon, or will they eliminate the Cal Bears from the 2011 College World Series? The Cal Bears are the feel-good story of this year's CWS, as the sports was set to be dropped after this season before alumni raised enough money to keep the program going.

Virginia won their first fame of the CWS against Cal, 4-1, but then lost to South Carolina, 7-1, the other night. Danny Hultzen was solid in that first game, keeping the Bears off the board for 6.1 innings and striking out six. He will pitch on Friday should Tyler Wilson hold the ground when he starts on Thursday night. He allowed Cal's lone run in 2.1 innings.

The Bears will start Dixon Anderson who holds a 3.90 ERA in 13 starts this season. He's allowed 66 hits in 67 innings and has struck out just 47.

Here are the results and the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal def. Texas A&M, 7-3
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 7-1
Game 10: Cal vs. Virginia, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23, ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Game 12: South Carolina vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Results: Vanderbilt Eliminates North Carolina

The Colorado Rockies can now sign their 25th round draft pick, UNC pitcher Patrick Johnson, following the Tar Heels' 5-1 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday night in the 2011 College World Series. Johnson pitched in the first game of the CWS and picked up the loss, allowing five runs.

This time around, Vanderbilt struck early with five runs over the first three innings. Tony Kempt tripled to start the bottom of the first inning and scored on a sacrifice fly; Connor Harrell blasted a three-run homer in the second; and Curt Casali launched a home run in the third inning. UNC starter Greg Holt left after 2.2 innings.

Vandy starter Taylor Hill allowed one run on four hits and four walks in seven innings. He struck out four. Corey Williams threw two innings of hitless, scoreless relief.

Vanderbilt will play Florida on Friday afternoon. Two wins will put Vanderbilt in the championship series, a loss ends their season.

Here is the remaining schedule and the results so far of Bracket 1:

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina def. Texas, 3-0
Game 6: Florida def. Vanderbilt, 3-1
Game 9: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 5-1
Game 11: Florida vs. Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Continues With North Carolina-Vanderbilt Rematch

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Vanderbilt Commodores each face elimination in the 2011 College World Series when they take the field Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park. This will be a rematch of the first CWS game this year, which Vanderbilt took, 7-3, for the Tar Heels.

In the first game, Vandy got to Tar Heels starter and Rockies draft pick Patrick Johnson for five runs. This time Greg Holt will start for the Tar Heels, just his second of the season. 

Vanderbilt played Florida in its second game on Monday and went down, 3-1, in the sixth inning before a rain delay forced the game to resume on Tuesday. The delay didn't help, as Florida maintained that lead and won. Taylor Hill will start for the Commodores.

Whoever wins will need to beat Florida twice to advance to the championship series since the Gators have not yet lost in this CWS.

 

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina def. Texas, 3-0
Game 6: Florida def. Vanderbilt, 3-1
Game 9: North Carolina vs. Vanderbilt, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22, ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Game 11: Florida vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series: South Carolina Moves To 2-0 In CWS With 7-1 Victory Over Virginia

The South Carolina Gamecocks look poised to reach the championship series of the 2011 College World Series after their first two games. After defeating the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, the Gamecocks advanced to face the Virginia Cavaliers. By the end of Tuesday night, the Gamecocks won, 7-1, over the Cavaliers and are off until Friday.

South Carolina struck for three runs in the first inning on a Jackie Bradley RBI double, an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single and a Brady Thomas RBI double. All three runs were unearned as a result of an error by Steven Proscia several plays earlier. Virginia's Jared King also committed an error in the inning, botching the throw that allowed Morales to advance to second after his single.

The Gamecocks added three more runs over the third and fourth innings before allowing their first run in the bottom of the fourth. Virginia C John Hicks homered to left center field off starter Colby Holmes. Holmes pitched 4.1 innings and struck out seven.  John Taylor followed with 4.1 scoreless innings, but Matt Price came in to record the final out of the game. He got Kenny Swab to pop out.

South Carolina could have a rematch with Virginia if the Cavaliers defeat the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday. Whatever the outcome of the game, the winner will need to beat South Carolina if they hope to advance to the championship series. 

Here are the results the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal def. Texas A&M, 7-3
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 7-1
Game 10: Cal vs. Virginia, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23
Game 12: South Carolina vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Results: Cal Eliminates Texas A&M; Ross Stripling Free To Sign With Rockies

The Texas A&M Aggies joined the Texas Longhorns on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2011 College World Series. The Cal Golden Bears, who were on the way to their final season before alumni raised enough money to keep the program going, defeated the Aggies, 7-3, on Tuesday afternoon.

Cal scored in three straight innings to secure the victory. After Adam Smith put A&M up, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth, the Bears struck back for three in the fifth. An error to start the game allowed three unearned runs to score later on a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. A double and two singles in the next inning put three more on the board.

Texas A&M added two more, but Cal added another run to keep things out of reach. Cal's Kyle Porter and Matt Flemer struck out nine, while all the runs were charged to the former. The Aggies' Michael Wacha struggled by allowing all seven runs (four earned) in 6.2 innings.

Here are the results and the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal def. Texas A&M, 7-3
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 5 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 10: Cal vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Results: Florida Advances On Tuesday Morning With 3-1 Victory Over Vanderbilt

After heavy rains and threatening skies delayed the 2011 College World Series game between the Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores on Monday night, the game resumed play on Tuesday morning with a mostly empty TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

When we let off on Monday night, the Gators held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth with two outs for the Commodores. Steven Rodriguez, who relieved Karsten Whitson on Monday night, returned to the mound and struck out Jason Esposito to end the inning. Rodriguez finished the game with 4.1 innings pitched for the win and seven strike outs.

Florida RF (for this game) Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run (15) in the fourth inning. That homer was the pivotal play of the game.

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina def. Texas, 3-0
Game 6: Florida def. Vanderbilt, 3-1
Game 9: North Carolina vs. Vanderbilt, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22
Game 11: Florida vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Schedule, TV Times: Florida-Vandy Resumes Tuesday Morning

The 2011 College World Series resumes on Tuesday morning with the completion of Florida-Vandy after weather forced, first, a delay and then a postponement. Preston Tucker's three-run home run for the Gators remains the difference in the 3-1 contest. The game picks up at 9 a.m. MT.

Which team in the 2011 CWS will join the Texas Longhorns on the sidelines for the remainder of the tournament? The California Bears and the Texas A&M Aggies will play in an elimination game on Tuesday afternoon. Cal lost to Virginia following ace pitcher Danny Hultzen's performance. The Aggies lost on a walk-off hit by South Carolina 2B Scott Wingo in the bottom of the ninth. 

Virginia and South Carolina square off in the nightcap. South Carolina is still in the hunt to repeat as College World Series champions. With center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. returning to the team after a wrist injury, his injection into the lineup could be the difference maker.

Here is the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal vs. Texas A&M, 12 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 5 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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College World Series 2011 Score Update: Preston Tucker's Home Run Gives Florida Gators Lead

The Florida Gators currently lead the Vanderbilt Commodores, 3-1, in Bracket 1 of the 2011 College World Series. Florida 1B/OF and Colorado Rockies' 16th round draft pick Preston Tucker hit a three-run home run in the top of the fourth innng. Shortstop Nolan Fontana worked a walk and moved to third when Mike Zunino singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Tucker then unleashed a shot over the right field wall, giving him 15 homers and 72 RBI on the season

Florida freshman Karsten Whitson started the game but left in the fifth inning after he allowed an RBI single to Anthony Gomez. Whitson allowed that one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Steven Rodriguez struck out Aaron Westlake to end the inning. Vanderbilt's Grayson Garvin allowed the homer, but has also struck out seven so far. 

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College World Series 2011 Results: North Carolina Eliminates Texas In 3-0 Victory

The Texas Longhorns are the first team eliminated from the 2011 College World Series after North Carolina freshman pitcher Kent Emmanuel threw a complete game shutout on Monday afternoon. John Manuel of Baseball America notes this is the first complete game shutout by a freshman in the CWS since 1993 when LSU's Brett Laxton did it and the first complete game shutout in the CWS since 2006 when UNC's Robert Woodard did it.

Over nine innings, Emmanuel scattered four hits over the game, walked one and struck out five. Texas' Jonathan Walsh picked up two of the hits. Emmanuel went 8-1 with a 2.55 ERA during the regular season.

The Tar Heels put two runs on the board in the third inning when Jacob Stallings drove in Chaz Frank and Ben Bunting. A double by Bunting in the top of the ninth inning gave the Tar Heels a 3-0 cushion. Bunting went 4-for-5 in the game.

Here is Bracket 1's results and remaining schedule:

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina def. Texas, 3-0
Game 6: Vanderbilt vs. Florida, 5 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20, ESPN2
Game 9: North Carolina vs. Game 6 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22
Game 11: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Schedule, TV Times

Day 3 of the 2011 College World Series picks up on Monday afternoon with a return to Bracket 1. To recap the first day of Bracket 1, Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina, 7-3, and Florida defeated Texas, 8-4. In the former game, Vandy put five runs on the board against Tar Heels starter and Rockies draftee Patrick Johnson. In the latter game, Florida 1B and Rockies draft pick Preston Tucker had an RBI double and scored a run.

On Monday, North Carolina and Texas play to extend their season, as the loser picks up their second and final loss of the tournament. At night, the Commodores and the Gators vie for advancement in the winners' bracket.

Bracket 1's future opponent in the championship series is likely to come from either Virginia, which defeated Cal, or South Carolina, which put an 'L' on the board for Texas A&M. The Aggies started Ross Stripling who allowed four runs in the first, but then kept the Gamecocks quiet through the eighth inning. South Carolina won with a walk-off single off of a reliever by Scott Wingo.

Here is Bracket 1's results and remaining schedule:

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina vs. Texas, 12 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20, ESPN
Game 6: Vanderbilt vs. Florida, 5 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20, ESPN2
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22
Game 11: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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2011 College World Series Results: Scott Wingo Delivers South Carolina A 5-4 Victory Over Texas A&M

South Carolina's Scott Wingo could not be stopped by Texas A&M pitchers in their opening game of the 2011 College World Series; Wingo capped a 4-for-4 night with the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 5-4 victory. The Gamecocks will face Virginia on Tuesday.

South Carolina C Robert Beary picked up his second hit of the night when he started the bottom of the ninth with a double. Jackie Bradley Jr., who returned to the lineup after a wrist injury in April, knocked out his first hit of the game with a single that put Beary on third base. Evan Marzilli worked a walk, which put Scott Wingo in the batter's box. A single to right field put Beary across home plate to end the game.

After each team gave up four runs in the first inning, a pitchers' duel ensued. Texas A&M and Colorado Rockies draft pick Ross Stripling kept the Gamecocks off the board for seven innings after the first frame. He struck out six and walked one batter. South Carolina's Michael Roth also overcame his first inning struggles, but didn't have any of the runs charged to him. He did walk five while striking out eight.

While South Carolina faces Virginia on Tuesday, Texas A&M will play for its CWS life against Cal in the early game that day.

Here is the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina def. Texas A&M, 5-4
Game 7: Cal vs. Texas A&M, 12 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21
Game 8: Virginia vs. South Carolina, 5 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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College World Series 2011 Results: Virginia Outlasts Cal, 4-1

The Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the winners' bracket in the 2011 College World Series with a 4-1 victory over the California Golden Bears. It was a pitchers' duel for most of the game late into the game before the Cavs scored in their final two frames.

Virginia started the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single and a walk before a ground out advanced the runners to second and third. John Hicks and Steven Proscia singled and hit a sac fly, respectively, to put two runs in the board. In the bottom of the eighth, Jared King tripled in a run and Ben Werman added an RBI single immediately after for a 4-0 lead.

Virginia's Danny Hultzen went 6.1 innings, held the Bears scoreless and  struck out six. He was 0-for-2 with two walks as the team's designated hitter. Tyler Wilson allowed Cal's lone run in the top of the ninth on two singles. Branden Kline came in for the final out, a fly ball caught the by Steven Proscia.

The Cavs were unable to score on Cal start Erik Johnson, who allowed just two hits in the innings. He did, however, walk five.

South Carolina and Texas A&M play at 5 p.m. MT later in the day.

Here is the remaining schedule for Bracket 2:

Game 3: Virginia def. California, 4-1
Game 4: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M, 5 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 19
Game 7: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21
Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 5 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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College World Series 2011 Score Update: Cal, Virginia Locked In Pitchers' Duel

Sunday's College World Series action kicked off with a game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Cal Golden Bears and it's been a pitcher's duel through five innings so far. Or maybe the hitters are just off their game this afternoon. The score is tied at zero.

Virginia LHP Danny Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in the MLB Draft, has yielded just two hits in five inning so far. He's struck out six and walked three. Batting fifth as well, Hultzen has drawn two walks in his two plate appearances.

California's starter, Erik Johnson, completed just three innings. He also gave up just two hits, but he did walk five batters. Logan Scott is now on the mound for Cal. Virginia's John Barr has two hits off Cal Pitchers today.

The winner of this game faces the victor of Sunday night's game between South Carolina and Texas A&M.

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College World Series 2011 Schedule, Day 2: Ross Stripling, Texas A&M Face Defending Champion South Carolina

Day 2 of the 2011 College World Series starts its schedule with Bracket 2 games. In the first game, Danny Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, leads the Virginia Cavaliers against the Cal Golden Bears, a team that had been cut by the university's athletic department but was saved during the 2011 season due to donations and fundraising.

Game 2 is far more interesting from a Colorado Rockies perspective and possibly a tournament perspective. This contest pits the 2010 College World Series winners, the South Carolina Gamecocks, against the Texas A&M Aggies. The Rockies' ninth round selection, Ross Stripling, will start on the mound for the Aggies. He holds a 2.29 ERA and has 117 strikeouts on the season. He will need to keep 1B Christian Walker and 2B Scott Wingo quiet in the batter's box. South Carolina OF Jackie Bradley Jr, a supplemental first round pick by the Red Sox, suffered a wrist injury earlier in the season, but is expected back for the biggest stage in college baseball.

Here is Sunday's complete schedule:

Bracket 2

Game 3: Virginia vs. California, 12 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 19, ESPN/ESPN3.com
Game 4: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M, 5 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 19, ESPN2/ESPN3.com

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College World Series 2011 Scores: Florida, Vanderbilt Advance As Winners On Day 1

The first day of the 2011 College World Series ended with the Florida Gators defeating the Texas Longhorns, 8-4.A strong effort by Hudson Randall and a late offensive surge handed the Gators a victory.

Texas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning thanks to back-to-back errors by the Gators. A single and two sac flies given up by Hudson Randall scored the runs, but they were all unearned. The Gators answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, one on a single and the other on a passed ball.

The Gators took the lead in the fourth inning and didn't look back. Back-to-back double put them up, 4-3, which was followed in the fifth inning by an RBI double from Preston Tucker. It was his only hit and RBI of the night. Tucker scored on a double in the seventh after he reached on a fielder's choice. They added one more run in the eighth.

Florida starter Hudson Randall allowed four runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings. He struck out five. Texas' starter, Taylor Jungmann, pitched just 4.1 innings before leaving the game. He allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and four walks. Jungmann was the 12th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the draft.

In Game 1 of the CWS, Vanderbilt defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels. Florida and Vanderbilt face off on Monday in the winner's bracket. North Carolina and Texas play for their CWS lives as the loser of their contest goes home.

Here is Bracket 1's remaining schedule:

Game 1: Vanderbilt def. North Carolina, 7-3
Game 2: Florida def. Texas, 8-4
Game 5: North Carolina vs. Texas, 12 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20
Game 6: Vanderbilt vs. Florida, 5 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22
Game 11: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24
Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

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College World Series 2011 Results: Vanderbilt Downs Patrick Johnson, North Carolina

Moving from historic Rosenblatt Stadium to the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE, the 2011 College World Series got underway on Saturday with a game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the North Carolina Tar Heels. North Carolina started Patrick Johnson for this game their staff ace and the 25th round selection of the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 MLB Draft. Ultimately, his performance fell short as the Tar Heels lost, 7-3.

Johnson got off to a decent start, overcoming some nerves in the third inning. But things turned on him in the sixth inning when his team held a 3-2 lead. An RBI double and a two-run home run gave the Commodores a 5-3 lead and chased Johnson out of the game after he got the third out. He allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Vanderbilt overcame the lackluster start of Sonny Gray. He allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks in 4.2 innings. Corey Williams, Will Clinard and Kevin Ziomek held the Tar Heels to three hits over the remaining 4.1 innings. The Tar Heels left 16 men on base, most during Gray's time on the mound.

Vanderbilt advances to the winner's bracket, while UNC needs to win in the loser's bracket to stay alive in this double-elimination round. The Texas Longhorns and the Florida Gators will battle it out on Saturday night to determine which of those teams they will face. The Rockies will follow Florida 1B Preston Tucker (16th round) in that game. Tune into ESPN at 5 p.m. MT to see how he fares.

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College World Series 2011 Scoreboard: UNC's Patrick Johnson Roughed Up In 6th Inning, Leaves Game

While UNC's Patrick Johnson appeared to have the upper hand on the mound in the first game of the 2011 College World Series, the Vanderbilt Commodores came roaring back in the sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead. That pushed Johnson out of the game.

Vanderbilt RF Mike Yastrzemski kicked things off with a single to right field before scoring from first base on a Conrad Gregor double. Center fielder Connor Harrell followed by unloading a two-run home run down the left field line to put the Commodores ahead, 5-3.

Johnson finished the day with six innings pitched, five runs allowed (four earned), two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 105 pitches, 66 for strikes. Vandy's Sonny Gray left the game after 4.2 innings, having allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks. He struck out five as well.

The problem for the Tar Heels offense is that they have left 12 men on base through six innings.

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College World Series 2011 Score Update: UNC's Patrick Johnson, Vandy's Sonny Gray Not Quite Dueling

Game 1 of the 2011 College World Series got underway on Saturday with a contest between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The pitching matchup pits Colorado Rockies 25th round draftee and UNC staff ace Patrick Johnson against Vandy's Sonny Gray, the 18th overall selection in the draft by the Oakland Athletics. UNC currently leads, 3-2.

Patrick Johnson has been the better of the two pitchers so far today, though nerves likely affected him early on. Vandy's Tony Kempt led the game off with a bunt single and moved to second on the same play following a throwing error. A ground out and a sac fly put the 'Dores up, 1-0. A pop fly out in the third inning briefly tied the game at two. Through five innings, Johnson had allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and has walked two and struck out three.

Sonny Gray has not been as fortunate through four innings. He's right around 80 pitches and has allowed Colin Moran to drive in two of UNC's three runs, the latest on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.

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College World Series 2011: Colorado Rockies Have Three Players In Omaha

When the 2011 College World Series gets underway this Saturday in Omaha, the Colorado Rockies will have three players to follow, having selected them in the 2011 MLB Draft. The highest-drafted player is ninth-rounder RHP Ross Stripling out of Texas A&M. He is 14-2 in 23 appearances (15 starts) with a 2.29 ERA. He's struck out 117 and walked just 17 in 117.2 innings. He works a low-90s fastball and complements it with a curveball and a changeup. He could wind up in the bullpen, but then that's what was said of Chad Bettis last year. He and the Aggies play defending CWS champion South Carolina on Sunday.

Sixteenth-round selection Florida 1B Preston Tucker delivered the Gators a spot in the College World Series with a key home run. The Rockies may need to pony up some money to sign him, but out of the three players in the CWS he may be the only one not to sign. He will play Saturday against Texas.

In the 25th round, the Rockies took North Carolina RHP Patrick Johnson. He's a senior so he's a sure thing to sign once the Tar Heels postseason finishes. Johnson has been the staff ace, going 13-1 with a 2.27 ERA. He's limited his opponents to 79 hits in 107 innings and has struck out 120 batters. His fastball barely reaches 90 mph, but his curveball-changeup work well.

Here is the complete schedule for the College World Series (via SB Nation). Check ESPN's schedule for which channels to catch the action or visit ESPN3.com to receive streaming coverage:

Bracket 1

Game 1: Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 18

Game 2: Florida vs. Texas, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 18

Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20

Game 6: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m. MT, Monday, June 20

Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 22

Game 11: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24

Game 13, if necessary: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

Bracket 2

Game 3: Virginia vs. California, 12 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 19

Game 4: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M, 5 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 19

Game 7: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 12 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21

Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 5 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 21

Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Thursday, June 23

Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12 p.m. MT, Friday, June 24

Game 14, if necessary: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 5 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 25

Championship Series

Championship Game 1: Bracket 1 Champion vs. Bracket 2 Champion, 6 p.m. MT, Monday, June 27
Championship Game 2: Bracket 1 Champion vs. Bracket 2 Champion, 6 p.m. MT, Tuesday, June 28
Championship Game 3: Bracket 1 Champion vs. Bracket 2 Champion, 6 p.m. MT, Wednesday, June 29

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