OMAHA, Neb. — Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss pitched Texas' second straight shutout at the College World Series, and the Longhorns forced a second bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 win Friday.
The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) meet again today, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three final against Virginia or Mississippi, whose later game was suspended in the second inning because of lightning and rain, and was scheduled to resume this afternoon.
For the second straight game, Texas pitchers didn't allow a runner past second base. The Longhorns have held opponents scoreless 19 straight innings and have given up four runs in their four games in Omaha.
Thornhill left after the eighth inning, having thrown 131 pitches on an 88-degree afternoon against a team that was set on going deep into counts.
"It was a dominating performance," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "I do think (Vanderbilt was) trying to run his pitch count up because of the heat to get him out of the game. He has the kind of command where he can capitalize on something like that."
Texas scored twice in each of the first two innings to lead 4-0. Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson lasted two-thirds of an inning.
Vanderbilt was without third baseman Xavier Turner, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the rest of the Series for an unspecified rules violation.
The Virginia-Mississippi game was suspended after a 93-minute delay with the score tied 0-0. Virginia was batting in the top of the second with runners on first and second. Virginia would advance to next week's best-of-three final with a win. A Mississippi win would mean the teams would play again Sunday.
Florida: The school won the Capital One Cup for having the nation's top women's athletic program in 2013-14. It won national titles in gymnastics and softball. UF is the first school since the Cup was introduced for 2010-11 to win the women's and men's awards; it won the first two men's Cups. UF will be honored at the ESPY Awards on July 16. … Tight end Colin Thompson is transferring after two injury-filled seasons. Thompson, a redshirt freshman last year, was one of the top tight end recruits in 2012. He redshirted his first season because of foot injuries and played in the first three games last year before being sidelined with more foot injuries.
Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.