OMAHA, Neb. — Cedar Park certainly has a lot to brag about these days. The Texas Stars just won the Calder Cup, and Nathan Thornhill just moved the Texas Longhorns one step closer to the national title.
Thornhill, a senior from Cedar Park and one of the Longhorns’ inspirational leaders, threw eight scoreless innings as Texas knocked off Vanderbilt 4-0 at the College World Series.
The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) will now meet again on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park determine who wins Bracket One and advances to the best-of-3 championship series next week. First pitch could either be 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. depending on who wins the Ole Miss-Virginia nightcap on Friday.
Thornhill struggled with his command early but settled into a grove in the middle innings, just as he normally does. He retired eight straight at one point and scattered just six hits, struck out five and walked only one.
Baseball purists will cringe at the most important statistic, though. Thornhill threw 131 pitches, making his availability for next week a question mark. It’s unclear how much rest Thornhill will need should the ‘Horns reach the best-of-3 final series.
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Also, Vanderbilt news outlets are reporting that starting third baseman Xavier Turner has been ruled immiediately ineligible for undisclosed reasons. The Commodores will instead start Tyler Campbell, who has just 15 at-bats all season with an average of .133.
Game 11 lineups. No change for UT. Vandy: Swanson 2b, Reynolds lf, Conde ss, Wiel 1b, Norwood cf, Wiseman rf, Delay c, beede dh, Campbell3b.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) June 20, 2014
Drove by and snapped this. They are lowering the flags on the SE entrance as teams get eliminated. pic.twitter.com/Mb13ABfZAP
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) June 20, 2014
— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkSports) June 20, 2014
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