OMAHA, Neb. -- Senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Thornhill was dominant for eight scoreless innings and the offense struck for four runs in the first two innings to carry Texas to a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt Friday afternoon.
The Longhorns (46-20) will square off with Vanderbilt (48-21) again Saturday at 7 p.m. in a winner-take-all matchup to advance to the championship series beginning on Monday.
Pitching was again the story for Texas, which became the first team since Oregon State in 2006 to post back-to-back shutouts in the College World Series. It was also Texas' 10th shutout all-time in the CWS, tied with Arizona State for the most all time.
Thornhill (9-3, 1.51) was magnificent throughout his eight innings, yielding only five singles and one walk while striking out five Commodores. He never allowed a runner past second base in the game and only allowed two runners to reach in the same inning once. The win was Thornhill's third of the postseason and lowered his ERA to 1.53 in NCAA tournament play.