We came into Friday with Vanderbilt one win away from the College World Series championship series, which starts Monday, and Ole Miss two victories away from playing for the national title. And as we enter Saturday, that's essentially where we are.
Vanderbilt remained one game short the old-fashioned way: Losing to Texas, 4-0, in a game that the Longhorns had to win to extend the series. Texas scored all four runs in the first two innings: two runs on one hit in the first inning, thanks to a virtual parade of walks and hit batsmen that drove starter Tyler Ferguson from the game; then two more on back-to-back triples and an error in the second. The Dores and the Horns meet again Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN in an elimination game, with the winner playing for the title and the loser going home.
That game will start in the evening in part because of the reason Ole Miss and Virginia remain stuck in status quo: A rain out -- or, more precisely, a lightning out that resulted in the game being suspended in the top of the second inning with no score. They will resume play Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2. If Virginia wins, the Cavaliers go to the title series; if Ole Miss wins, they play again on Sunday in a winner-take-all elimination game. That would probably be just fine with the Texas-Vanderbilt winner, which will take Sunday off regardless.