OMAHA—Monday's winners' bracket game between Florida and Vanderbilt was suspended by inclement weather, with the Gators leading the Commodores 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Play will resume at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday; ESPN will televise the action when play resumes.
The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Preston Tucker's massive three-run homer to right field against Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year Grayson Garvin in the fourth inning. The 'Dores got on the board in the fifth, when Anthony Gomez singled home Connor Harrell and knocked UF starter Karsten Whitson out of the game.
Steven Rodriguez took over for Whitson and was on the mound with one out in the bottom of the sixth when tornado sirens started blaring from downtown, at about 8 p.m. CT. Rodriguez got Mike Yastrzemski to fly out, and then the players were called off the field. A bank of black clouds rolled through the city, and hurricane-force winds caused debris to swirl throughout the stadium.
On May 13, Vanderbilt led Florida 4-2 in the sixth inning when play was suspended, knocking Vandy ace Sonny Gray out of the game. Florida reversed momentum when play resumed the next day and won 6-5. Both of these teams have extraordinarily deep bullpens, so neither team gains a distinct advantage from the suspension.
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