|2011 College World Series | #6 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. #2 Florida Gators
| June 20, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. EST | 6:00 p.m. CDT
|TD Ameritrade Park (24,000) | Omaha, NE
Gator Radio Network, Sirius: 91, XM: 91
|Florida leads 120-63-1
From our Vanderbilt College World Series preview:
Vandy's pitching staff features two pitchers taken within the first 59 picks of the MLB draft (which is the first day/round). There's so much talent on this pitching staff that the SEC Pitcher of the Year and 59th pick by the Tampa Bay Rays Grayson Garvin was Vandy's Saturday pitcher. Garvin had some pretty impressive numbers on the season: He went 13-1 with a 2.36 ERA. But Sonny Gray, an All-SEC second-teamer and the 16th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, is considered the ace. Gray compiled a 12-3 record with a 1.97 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings pitched and is holding batters to a meager .197 batting average. And closer Navery Moore, who had at one point late into the season had a .36 ERA and had not allowed an extra base hit, is no slouch. His ERA is now at 1.21 with 11 saves and has held hitters to a .170 average. Vanderbilt has a team ERA of 2.38.
Given the strength of their pitching staff and offense, Vanderbilt looks like one of the most complete teams in the College World Series and will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the tournament.
Here's what Anchor of Gold has to say:
F--- it, we already know these guys pretty well. Vandy is 1-3 against Florida in 2011, with their last loss coming in the Finals of the SEC Tournament. The 'Dores' only win came with Monday's starter Grayson Garvin on the mound in a 14-1 thrashing during the regular season.
After three losses to the Gators, revenge will be the running undercurrent of every Vanderbilt at-bat Monday night. The 'Dores were able to gain vengeance after dropping a 2-1 series to South Carolina by rolling over them in the SEC Tournament, but the team wasn't able to carry that momentum into a title-deciding game against Florida. Can Vandy use the bad feelings between the two teams to put them one win from the Finals? Or will the spectre of three demoralizing UF wins mean that the team will be digging themselves out of a hole before the first pitch is even thrown?
We'll find out tonight, as the stakes in the Vanderbilt-Florida rivalry have never been higher.
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