CWS newcomer Vanderbilt beats N. Carolina 7-3

June 18, 2011 - 5:59 PM
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Vanderbilt's Connor Harrell, left, celebrates his two-run home run against North Carolina in the sixth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 18, 2011. At right is Conrad Gregor, who also scored on the play, and who had hit an RBI double earlier in the inning. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Connor Harrell hit the first College World Series home run in the new TD Ameritrade Park to break a sixth-inning tie and first-time qualifier Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina 7-3 on Saturday.

Harrell's two-run homer off Patrick Johnson over the left-field bullpen followed Conrad Gregor's tying double off the top of the wall. The Commodores added two runs in the eighth.

Corey Williams (2-0) worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Vanderbilt starter Sonny Gray.

Johnson (13-2), who had allowed three earned runs in his previous 45 innings, was tagged for four earned runs and five total in six innings.

Vanderbilt (53-10) advanced to a Bracket 1 game Monday night against the winner of Saturday night's Texas-Florida game. North Carolina (50-15), which left 16 on base, plays the loser of that game Monday afternoon.