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UT Survives in CSW By Defeating Vanderbilt 4-0

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 10:58 PM CDT
Vanderbilt hopes to use its experience from super regionals to stay alive at the College World Series.
 
Texas' Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss combined on a 4-0 shutout on Friday that forced a second bracket final between the teams on Saturday.
 
"We faced a very similar situation at Stanford, and I can tell just coming off the field that it's a very similar mindset," Commodores pitcher Brian Miller said. "We just know that when our backs are against the wall, we're going to come out really aggressive and strong just like we did against Stanford, and it's definitely going to be fun to play tomorrow."
 
The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) will be playing for a spot in the best-of-three finals against Virginia or Mississippi. Those teams played a bracket final Friday night.

The Commodores were without third baseman Xavier Turner, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the rest of the CWS for an unspecified rules violation. Tyler Campbell, who had appeared in 14 games and had a total of 15 at-bats, started in Turner's place and went 2 for 3.
 
"I thought he came in today and gave us a shot in the arm, stayed inside two balls, drove them to right-center today, made a great glove play," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "I'm happy for him."
 
Vanderbilt came out strong in the decisive third game of super regionals, scoring five runs in the first inning on its way to a 12-5 win.
 
It would be asking a lot to expect the same performance against a dominating Texas pitching staff.
 
For the second straight game, Texas pitchers didn't allow a runner past second base. The Longhorns have held opponents scoreless 19 straight innings and have given up four runs in their four games in Omaha.
 
Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke combined on a four-hit shutout against UC Irvine on Wednesday, and Thornhill (9-3) allowed six hits while leading Texas to its 13th shut of the season.
 
Texas scored twice in each of the first two innings to lead 4-0, with a couple of the runs crossing the plate as a result of quirky plays.
 
Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson (8-4) lasted just two-thirds of an inning.
 
"Just couldn't handle the moment," Corbin said. "That's too bad because the kid deserves better. He works very hard, and he's got great stuff, and you didn't see Tyler Ferguson today, unfortunately."
 
Miller went the rest of the way, holding Texas to four hits and striking out eight.
 
The Longhorns scored in some unusual ways to take the early lead.
 
Texas' first run came home when C.J. Hinojosa sent a low line drive up the middle with bases loaded. Second baseman Dansby Swanson was there to start a possible double play, but umpire Mark Uyl couldn't dodge the ball. The ball struck Uyl, meaning the play was dead, and runners were allowed to advance one base. That allowed Brooks Marlow to score from third.
 
Marlow tripled in a run in the second and scored when Miller, after tagging Mark Payton on a close play at first, dropped the ball as he rolled on his back after a near collision. First-base umpire Jeff Head initially called Payton out, then reversed himself, and the call stood after an umpire conference.
 
"We did a good job of stopping them for the most part," Corbin said. "I would say they are dangerous. You know, we helped them a little bit. I don't say that in a negative way. You don't want to be playing uphill early in the game like we did."

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)UT Survives in CSW By Defeating Vanderbilt 4-0


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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