21 Jun

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GameDay: Texas Baseball takes on Vanderbilt in do-or-die game to reach CWS Finals

baseball5Following Texas’ 4-0 shutout of Vanderbilt Friday, the Longhorns look to advance to the College World Series Finals in a do-or-die game against the Commodores at 6 p.m. in Omaha.

The game, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., was delayed following the postponement of the Virginia-Ole Miss game the night before. Virginia will play Ole Miss, who are attempting to stave off elimination, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Led by pitchers Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss, Friday’s game was the Longhorns’ second straight shutout of the CWS.

After the Longhorns got on the board early, Thornhill pitched eight scoreless innings and Curtiss finished with a 1-2-3 ninth.

"It was a dominating performance," Texas head coach Augie Garrido said. "I do think they were trying to run his (Thornhill’s) pitch count up because of the heat to get him out of the game. He has the kind of command where he can capitalize on something like that."

If the Longhorns advance, this will be the school’s 13th College World Series Finals appearance. The Longhorns are 6-6 in the Finals and last won the College World Series in 2005.

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com