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UT Survives in CSW By Defeating Vanderbilt 4-0

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 11:58 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

December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 103, New York 97

New Orleans 99, Houston 90

Milwaukee 108, Sacramento 107

Golden State 114, Oklahoma City 109

Friday's Games

Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1, SO

Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0, OT

Carolina 4, Toronto 1

Washington 5, Columbus 4, OT

Anaheim 2, Montreal 1

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

San Jose 4, Edmonton 3

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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