'Dores Shut Down Heels In CWS Opener, 7-3

OMAHA, Neb. - Connor Harrell hit the first College World Series home run in the new TD Ameritrade Park to break a sixth-inning tie and first-time qualifier Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina 7-3 on Saturday.

Harrell's two-run homer off Patrick Johnson over the left-field bullpen followed Conrad Gregor's tying double off the top of the wall.

Corey Williams (2-0) worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Vanderbilt starter Sonny Gray. Johnson (13-2), who had allowed three earned runs in his previous 45 innings, was tagged for four earned -- five total -- in six innings.

Vanderbilt (53-10), the No. 6 national seed, advanced to a Bracket 1 game Monday night against the winner of Saturday night's Texas-Florida game. No. 3-seeded North Carolina (50-15), which left 16 on base, plays the loser of that game Monday afternoon.

The 24,500-seat TD Ameritrade Park opened to much fanfare, but the crowd of 22,745 was well short of a sellout on a warm, humid afternoon. The $131 million ballpark replaces Rosenblatt Stadium, which had hosted the CWS from 1950-2010.

Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch after his father, former President George H.W. Bush, delivered a video message declaring a new era for college baseball at the $131 million stadium. The elder Bush played for Yale in the first CWS in 1947 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Vanderbilt didn't act like a newcomer after the final out, which came when first baseman Aaron Westlake made a diving stop of Chaz Frank's hard grounder and touched the bag. There were just normal handshakes and backslaps behind the pitcher's mound.

The Commodores held North Carolina scoreless after the fourth inning. The Tar Heels left 16 runners on base.

Williams came on in the fifth to get Vandy out of a tough spot after Gray, the Oakland Athletics' first-round draft pick, walked the bases loaded.

Gray lasted 4 2/3 innings, the shortest of his 18 starts since going 4 1-3 in the season opener. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walked a season-high five and hit Colin Moran with a pitch that forced in a run in the fourth.

Vandy tied it at 3 in the sixth when Gregor drove a ball off the yellow line atop the wall in left center, and then Harrell hit his eighth homer of the season for a two-run lead.

The Commodores scored two runs with two outs in the eighth on back-to-back singles by Kemp, who went 3 for 4, and Gomez.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Grimesland on Jun 21, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    To those who wount share their names... Hello, meet sarcasm. I was saying Texas is a very quality team that Carolina should be proud to beat.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to
      sorry about that
  • by to Justin on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    OK, you host and win a regional as a number 1 seed, then host and win a super-regional. You have 82 CWS wins (more than any other school), you have been to the CWS 34 times (more than any other school), you have 6 national championships (tied 2nd in the country with LSU) and are back in the CWS again this year and some yahoo from Grimesland calls them "average"?? You should have to pass a test about baseball before being allowed to post comments here. Justin, do you even watch sports?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 08:50 AM in reply to to Justin
      Thank you for that. I also thought his comment was about the dumbest I have ever seen. He obviously knows nothing about college baseball, CWS or CWS history. Texas is the most seccessful program of all time, USC has won more titles than Teaxs but Texas is the most successful when you look at the numbers and he calls them average, Justin needs to stick with snipe hunting and garr fishing
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        by To You on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to
        How about I hunt you, or fish for your wife.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:13 AM in reply to To You
          come getcha some
  • by Justin Location: Grimesland on Jun 20, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    Yeah Texas is just your average team...
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      by TarHeel on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM in reply to Justin
      Texas is an average CWS team. I wouldnt say they are an average team. They are in the CWS for a reason.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to TarHeel
        HELLO.... sarcasm
  • by Justin Location: Grimesland on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    There will always be haters. Maybe one day you can appreciate what your team has done instead of obsess with what our team hasn't. Maybe one day, I doubt it. I don't care how much you and other fans hate the First Public University, I will still pull for yours and my ECU.
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      by TarHeel on Jun 20, 2011 at 09:24 AM in reply to Justin
      Justin, being from Eastern NC I do pull for ECU to win. The only exception is if they are playing UNC. I don't understand how people can come on here and complain about every single school or game they don't win. Proud UNC fan who isn't ashamed to say GO Piratesssss.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 09:57 AM in reply to TarHeel
        I am with you and there are a lot of UNC fans in ENC that also pull for the Pirates, Go Heels and Pirates
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        by Justin on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to TarHeel
        TarHeel, "First Public university" is UNC. I bleed Carolina Blue, but i also have love for ther Pirates.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Ol how the tide turns when not playing at home against, there is no Maine, or Standford, only big boys left, get you some tarholes, you suck!
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      by TarHeel on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:01 PM in reply to Dave
      Dave you left out ECU. They aren't there either. How can that be ?
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        by Dave on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to TarHeel
        Tarheel, did ECU play at home for regional and super regional? Not only read my comments but try to understand it as well, do I need to type slower?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to Dave
          ECU didnt earn the right to host a regional and you have to at least win the regional to be able to host a super regional, they did nether. am i typing alow enough for you?
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          by TarHeel on Jun 20, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to Dave
          No, your typing speed is fine. It's your logic I question. UNC earned what they got. They played all teams that the NCAA sent to the regional. What were they to do, refuse to play these teams, travel to G Vegas and beat ECU 7 or 8 times? Some people do not have a clue!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 04:42 AM in reply to Dave
      Stanford is one of the "big boys" and so was Virginia who got swept by UNC, know much about baseball?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    yall stupit peple bc ecu not at the party, i enjoyin evrey pitch of every game and gonna play catch against the side of my grandmas house between the games. go carolina tar heels
  • by UNC fan on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    Eric, thats baseball. It was tough losing yesterday. Tough road ahead getting out of the losers bracket. Its still a great experience for the 7 teams that lose, I wouldnt call them losers though. It is still an accomplishment to get to CWS. The Gamecocks won the title on their 9th trip but it looks like the Heels will have to go at LEAST 10 times unless we have a miracle. Go Heels
  • by Eric Location: Hilton Head on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    ACC has not won the CWS since 1955. SEC has won the last two so no surprise in the outcome of that game.
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    Too bad for the team, but couldn't happen to a more deserving fan base. Jerks.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 07:16 AM in reply to pIRATE
      We feel the same about you.
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      by UNC fan on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to pIRATE
      A lot of UNC fans actually pull for ECU, especially the ones in ENC and thats fine, I am one of them. I am ready for ECU to win something so maybe the ECU fans that hate UNC will shut up about UNC and have something about ECU to talk about.

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