June 20, 2014


Thornhill, Curtiss of Texas combine to blank Vandy


In Omaha, Neb., Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss combined on a six-hit shutout as Texas blanked Vanderbilt in the 2014 College World Series in front of 18,287 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.


The Longhorns (46-20) and the Commodores (48-20) will play again on Saturday to determine one spot in the CWS championship series.


Thornhill (9-3) scattered six hits over eight innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Curtiss worked a perfect ninth with one strikeout to secure the victory.


Texas scored a pair in each of the first two innings. C.J. Hinojosa had an RBI single and Madison Carter drew a bases-loaded walk in the first to give the Longhorns a 2-0 advantage.


Zane Gurwitz (2 for 4) had a leadoff triple in the second and came home on a three-bagger by Brooks Marlow to make it 3-0. Mark Payton reached on a sacrifice bunt to plate Marlow, giving the Longhorns a 4-0 lead.


John Norwood and Tyler Campbell both had two hits for Vanderbilt.