June 18, 2011
Randall pitches Florida past
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Neb. - Two of the premier pitchers in the country hooked up
in game two of the College World Series as Florida's Hudson
Randall outdueled Texas' Taylor Jungmann (left) as the Gators
posted an 8-4 victory in front of 25,521 faithful fans.
Randall (11-3) was strong in the opening innings, retiring six
of the first seven hitters he faced but was touched up by three
unearned runs in the third when his defense let him down with
Tant Shepherd delivered an RBI single to put the Longhorns
(49-18) up 1-0 and move runners to the corners with no outs.
Mark Payton and Eric Weiss then hit consecutive sacrifice flies
to bump the score to 3-0.
Jungmann (13-3) was just as dialed in early on. The
right-hander, a Milwaukee Brewers first-round draft pick,
matched his opponent pitch by pitch as he too retired six of the
first seven batters before running into trouble in the third.
He issued walks to Daniel Pigott and Cody Dent to open the
third. After a failed sacrifice bunt resulted in Pigott being
thrown out at third, Bryson Smith got the Gators on the board
with an RBI single. Moments later, a passed ball cut the lead to
It was all Randall from there as he scattered five hits over 6.2
innings, walked none and struck out five. Only one of the four
runs against him was earned. He retired 13 straight from the
third to seventh innings before departing to a standing ovation
from the Gator faithful.
Meanwhile, Daniel Pigott tied the game at 3-all for Florida
(51-17) with a double to right field and Dent put his team ahead
with a double for a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish.
Jungmann took the hill for the fifth and retired one batter, but
hit Bryson Smith with his first pitch to end his night at just
Tucker (right) made the free base runner hurt when he lined a
pitch from Longhorn reliever Hoby Milner into the right-center
field gap to score a hustling Smith to put the Gators up 5-3.
Texas fought right back to within 5-4 on a double just inside
the left field line by Jordan Etier to chase Randall in the
seventh. Greg Larson came on and preserved the lead when he
struck out Shepherd with the tying run in scoring position.
Controversy reared its ugly head in the bottom of the seventh
when Brian Johnson hit a long drive that appeared to hit above
the yellow line, but was called a double. The hit was good for
two RBI and a 7-4 lead, but replays showed that the ball was
indeed a home run.
After a lengthy discussion, a single by Smith with two outs in
the bottom of the eighth gave the Gators an 8-4 lead to close
out the scoring.
Randall went 6.2 innings, gave up five hits and only one earned
run to earn the win for Florida.
Jungmann suffered his third consecutive loss of the season.
Texas meets North Carolina in an elimination game on Monday at 1
The Gators advance to face familiar SEC opponent Vanderbilt on
Monday night at 6 p.m. CT in the fifth meeting of the year
between the two programs.
Florida has won three of the first four meetings, including a
5-0 decision in the SEC Tournament championship game in Hoover,
Alabama three weeks ago.