The first semifinal matchup of the 2011 College World Series is set and it's an all SEC affair. The Vanderbilt Commodores took control early and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the North Carolina Tarheels. The win moves Vanderbilt into the semifinals where they will face the Florida Gators on Friday for the sixth time this season. The Gators are 4-1 against Vanderbilt this season.
Vanderbilt jumped on top of UNC quickly scoring one run in the first, three in the second and a fifth and final run in the third inning. The big damage came in the three-run second inning as Connor Harrell hit a three-run blast that sucked some of the life out of UNC. The Tarheels managed a run in the fifth inning but were otherwise shut down. They grabbed four hits and four walks off starter Taylor Hill and then managed a single walk against Corey Williams.
Florida and Vanderbilt will meet on Friday June 24 at 11:00am pacific. If Florida wins they advance to the CWS Championship Series. If Vanderbilt wins, the teams will meet on Saturday in a winner-take-all elimination game. The winner of this semifinal will face the winner of South Carolina-Virginia/California in the 2011 College World Series Championship Series.
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