Category Archives: 2011 NCAA Tourney


Sights and Sounds from CWS Tornado Scare

On Monday night, Vanderbilt and Florida faced off in a winner’s bracket matchup at the College World Series. Tornado sirens went off in the sixth inning but the teams continued to play on T.D. Ameritrade Park for two more outs while the stands cleared. Here are some of the sights and sounds from what occurred including the media brought down to the press conference room in the bottom of the stadium. Continue reading

Baseball player headshots.  (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt wins Game 1 over UNC 7-3

The Vanderbilt Commodores and the North Carolina Tar Heels opened up the TD Ameritrade Park in the first game of the 2011 College World Series. The big star of the game was the first pitch by former president George Walker Bush. Once the teams get settled from the former president’s appearance, Vanderbilt picked up the 7-3 victory over North Carolina.

Both starting pitchers struggled with their control in the game as Sonny Gray lasted only 4.2 innings while Patrick Johnson left after six.

The Commodores jumped on the Tar Heels early as UNC starting pitcher Patrick Johnson opened the game up by making a poor throw to first on a Tony Kemp bunt. He ended up scoring the first run of the CWS on an Aaron Westlake sacrifice fly to center. Continue reading


2011 CWS Dates and Times Announced

OMAHA—The game times and pairings for the first two days of the Men’s College World Series have been announced. The 65th MCWS will take place at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha from June 18-28/29.

The first game on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and features the only first time participant and No. 6 national seed, Vanderbilt (52-10), against No. 3 national seed North Carolina (50-14). Saturday’s second game pits No. 2 national seed Florida (50-17) against No.7 national seed Texas (49-17), and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT) Continue reading