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Preston Tucker's homer leads Florida Gators past Vanderbilt in College World Series

Former Tampa Plant High star Preston Tucker's three-run home run proved to be the difference for the Florida baseball team as the Gators concluded their suspended game against Vanderbilt from Monday night by earning a 3-1 victory today in the NCAA men's College World Series.

The Gators defeated Vanderbilt for the fourth time this season, and set a school record for wins (52-17).

With the win, Florida will be off until Friday. Vanderbilt will play North Carolina on Wednesday and the winner of that game will play Florida on Friday at 2 p.m., while the loser will be eliminated. Friday's game will be televised on ESPN.

The Gators are just one victory away from returning to the best-of-three Championship Series for the first time since 2005.

Scoreless in the fourth inning, Florida's Nolan Fontana walked, then sophomore catcher Mike Zunino reached base on an error, which allowed Fontana to make it to third.

Then came Tucker with his 15th home run of the season (fifth in postseason). He now has 18 RBIs in eight NCAA tournament games this year.

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said the difference was "one swing" — Tucker's.

With the Gators leading 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning and two outs Monday night, the game was suspended due to severe weather in the Omaha area.

Preston Tucker's homer leads Florida Gators past Vanderbilt in College World Series 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:05pm]
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