Weather forces Florida vs. Vandy postponement

By Adam Silverstein
June 20, 2011

Nearly six full innings into the winner’s bracket match-up between the No. 2 Florida Gators and No. 6 Vanderbilt Commodores, severe weather forced a stoppage and ultimately a postponement play at the 2011 College World Series. High wind warnings sounded and were heard throughout TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE with one out in the bottom of the sixth, and the players were ordered off the field one out later after NCAA officials consulted about the weather conditions.

The contest is set to resume at 11 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday with the winner one victory away from the Championship Series and the loser one defeat away from elimination.

Vanderbilt squandered two opportunities early in the game, stranding a runner 90 feet from home plate in both the first and third inning.

Florida, on the other hand, took advantage of their first real chance to score. Sophomore shortstop Nolan Fontana earned a one-out walk in the top of the fourth and moved over to third after sophomore catcher Mike Zunino legged out an infield single and Commodores starter Grayson Garvin committed a throwing error.

Working his way to a 2-1 count, junior right fielder Preston Tucker powered a three-run bomb to right to give the Gators a 3-0 lead.

VU would not make the same mistake a third time and finally got the best of Florida freshman right-handed pitcher Karsten Whitson. After allowing only two hits through the first four innings of the game, Whitson gave up pair of singles and a walk in the bottom of the fifth, letting Vanderbilt plate their first runner of the game. The Commodores would not continue the rally, however, as Whitson was pulled for sophomore left-hander Steven Rodriguez, who struck out first baseman Aaron Westlake to end the inning.

Rodriguez kept on rolling in the sixth, but high wind warnings and severe weather delayed the game for nearly three hours with the Gators looking to get the final out of the inning. Action would never resume as the NCAA called the contest for the night around 11:30 p.m. (ET), setting the stage for the final 3.1 innings to be played on Tuesday.

OGGOA will continue our coverage of the Florida-Vanderbilt contest early in the afternoon. The remainder of the game will air live on ESPN and


  1. GatorsAlumLA says:

    Damn this weather delay! I’ll have to listen to the play by play on wruf tomorrow morning.

    Go Gators!

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Definitely the first time I have seen a game where a tornado horn goes off in the background!

  3. Basshole says:

    I hope this delay doesn’t play hurt us like it did Vandy in our regular season series

  4. Joe says:

    That’s one way of making Vandy go to the bull pen. With Garvin on the mound I doubt we could have scored again and I don’t think a 2 run lead is going to hold. We just need to be more patient at the plate and quit swinging at the first pitch. Make Vandy earn it.

  5. Daniel M. says:

    I don’t care if my co-workers think I’m being anti-social. I’m putting my earbuds in and I’m listening to the damn baseball game.

    If only I was rocking my new OGGOA t-shirt. They’d know I mean business.

  6. GoRays! says:

    These delays can really change momentum. Plus relievers aren’t used to starting a game. It can be a little weird for them.

    I felt good about our chances before the delay. This changes everything

  7. Daniel M. says:

    Gators WIN ! 3-1. Set school record for season with 52nd win.

    Go Gators!

  8. John S says:

    Well done fellas. No nerves at all, very impressive. Good coaching job, this break was trouble but they kept focused. Damn I’m excited.

    Go Gators

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