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Vanderbilt edges Arizona 7-6 in 12 innings

Arizona to face Pac 12 rival Stanford in an elimination game at 11 a.m. Monday
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 3:14 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 11:54 PM MST
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OMAHA, Neb. (KOLD News 13) - Vanderbilt got a bases-loaded walk-off single in the 12th inning to edge Arizona 7-6 in the opening round of the College World Series late into the night Saturday, June 19.

Arizona scored three runs in the first inning off standout starter Kumar Rocker before adding two more in the sixth on Ryan Holgate’s home run. Rocker struggled at times, getting pulled after Holgate’s shot, but he still struck out seven and retired 13 straight at one point.

Vandy kept fighting and took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh on Carter Young’s two-run homer.

Arizona responded and tied it at 6-all in the top of the ninth inning.

Both teams squandered opportunities in the extra frames.

Arizona got a lead-off double in the top of the 12th, only to see the inning end with back-to-back strikeouts. The Wildcats also went down swinging in the 10th and wasted a walk in the 11th.

Vandy stranded two runners in the 10th and three in the 11th inning.

The teams stayed knotted at 6-6 until the bottom of the 12th inning, when Jayson Gonzalez hit the walk-off single.

Vandy will play NC State in the second round at 4 p.m. Monday while Arizona will face Pac 12 rival Stanford in an elimination game at 11 a.m. Arizona’s game will be on ESPNU while Vandy will be on ESPN.

Branden Boissiere and Holgate led the Wildcats two RBIs and one run scored each while Jacob Berry added two hits and a run scored. But the Wildcats struck out 19 times, compared to 10 times for Vandy.

Vince Vannelle was charged the loss after giving up a run on three hits in one inning. Arizona’s Chase Silseth was strong in the start, giving up four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez led Vandy with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Young added two RBIs and a run scored on one hit.

Chris McElvain earned the win for the Commodores. He shut out the Wildcats and gave up a lone hit in one inning. Rocker, expected to be a first-round draft pick in July, gave up five runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

NC State 10, Stanford 4

NC State routed 10-4 earlier in the day.

NC State put Stanford away with a four-run ninth inning. Jonny Butler led the Wolfpack with three hits, two runs and five RBIs. Reid Johnston got the win after giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.

Christian Robinson led Stanford with two RBIs and a run scored while started Brendan Beck was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

College World Series Schedule

Saturday-Sunday, June 19-27

Double Elimination

Saturday, June 19

Game 1: NC State 10, Stanford 4

Game 2: Vanderbilt 7, Arizona 6, 12 innings

Sunday, June 20

Game 3: Virginia 6, Tennessee 0

Game 4: Mississippi State 2, Texas 1

Monday, June 21

Game 5: Stanford vs. Arizona, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Game 6: NC State vs. Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 22

Game 7: Tennessee vs. Texas, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Game 8: Virginia vs. Mississippi State, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, June 23

Game 9: Arizona-Stanford winner vs. NC State-Vanderbilt loser, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, June 24

Game 10: Tennessee-Texas winner vs. Virginia-Mississippi State loser, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, June 25

Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. NC State-Vanderbilt winner, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

Game 12: Game 10 winner vs. Virginia-Mississippi State winner, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 26

*Game 13: Teams TBA, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

*Game 14: Teams TBA, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

* -- if necessary

Championship Series

Best-of-three Series

Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30

Monday, June 28

Game 1: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, June 29

Game 2: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, June 30

*Game 3: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

* -- if necessary

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