The 2011 College World Series entered its first day of elimination games on Monday as North Carolina battled Texas in the losers' bracket of Bracket One. The Tar Heels had lost to Vanderbilt while Florida had knocked off the Longhorns on Saturday. On Monday, UNC kept their CWS hopes alive as they defeated Texas 3-0. UNC took a 2-0 lead on a walk and three singles in the third inning. They added a third run in the top of the ninth on a walk and a double, but the run proved unnecessary. UNC starter Kent Emanuel was lights out for the Tar Heels as he threw a complete game shutout, striking out five while giving up four hits and a walk.
Florida and Vanderbilt got through six innings of their afternoon contest in the winners' bracket before weather forced a delay that will push the wrap-up of this game to Tuesday. The Gators will hold a 3-1 lead when the game resumes in the bottom of the sixth inning at 8:06am pacific time on Tuesday. Florida took their lead on a three-run home run by Preston Tucker in the fourth inning.
Based on the tournament bracket, it looks North Carolina would face either the loser of Florida-Vanderbilt, or the loser of South Carolina-Virginia. The bracket features a dashed line for the loser of each winners' bracket, which in the Women's College World Series meant they went to the other half of the bracket. We'll know more once we get into Tuesday's games.
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