The 2011 College World Series started Saturday with the first two games, where Vanderbilt beat North Carolina in the early game, and later the Florida Gators beat the Texas Longhorns. Connor Harrell hit a game-breaking home run to lead the Commodores in the sixth inning en route to a 7-3 victory. That home run was the first CWS home run ever at the brand new TD Ameritrade Park. TD Ameritrade Park succeeds the historic Rosenblatt Stadium, which was the host stadium for 60 years. Vanderbilt pulled away in the sixth and eighth innings with a double by Conrad Gregor, and followed by Harrell’s home run. Vanderbilt added 2 runs in the eighth with two RBI singles. Former US President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at TD Ameritrade Park before the game. Vanderbilt plays Florida next, while North Carolina plays Texas in the loser’s bracket.
Brian Johnson came back from a concussion to hit a two run double in the seventh inning and Florida beat Texas by a score of 8-4. Hudson Randall pitched 6 2/3 strong innings against the 7th-seeded Longhorns, who scored 3 in the third inning, but the Gators followed that up with 2 in the third and 2 in the fourth innings. Taylor Jungmann, the Milwaukee Brewers draft pick, went only 4 1/3 innings and struggled with his command, as he walked many and the baserunners were running wild due to his many wild pitches. He gave up 5 runs, 4 of which were earned.