TCU tops LSU; rain halts Vanderbilt-Cal St.
OMAHA -- Rain and lightning halted the College World Series on Sunday evening at TD Ameritrade Park.
Sunday's nightcap between Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning at 10:22 p.m. ET because of lightning and later suspended because of rain. Play is scheduled to resume at 12:05 p.m. on Monday, though the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain.
The Titans lead the Commodores, 3-0, in the bottom of the sixth. Vanderbilt has a runner on third and its cleanup hitter at the plate with a full count.
Cal State Fullerton right-hander Thomas Eshelman -- the Astros' second-round pick in the MLB Draft -- outpitched Vanderbilt righty Carson Fulmer (No. 8 overall, White Sox) through the early innings.
Eshelman fanned eight and scattered four hits through 5 2/3 innings, while Fulmer allowed three runs on four hits, two walks and three wild pitches. He struck out seven.
The winner of Cal State Fullerton-Vanderbilt advances to face No. 7 Texas Christian at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, while the loser plays No. 2 Louisiana State at 3 p.m. ET.
TCU beat LSU, 10-3, in the opener behind seven innings of one-run ball by right-hander Preston Morrison (eighth round, Cubs), who scattered five hits and retired the final 12 batters he faced
TCU's first runs came thanks to two errors by LSU left-hander Jared Poche, who retired the first nine batters he faced. The next two Horned Frogs reached via throwing errors Poche airmailed to first base and they eventually scored.
LSU committed four errors total.
Morrison encountered trouble just twice. In the third, LSU's Jared Foster singled and stole second before Jake Fraley singled to center. TCU center fielder Cody Jones (sixth round, Royals) made a one-hop throw to catcher Evan Skoug -- who perfectly blocked the plate -- to nab Foster and end the inning.
"There was no momentum on either side because the pitchers were kind of mowing hitters down," TCU third baseman Derek Odell said. "Just a play like that all in all is uplifting and that really got our dugout going."
TCU right-hander Riley Ferrell (third round, Astros) struck out the side in the ninth, while LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (No. 2 overall, Astros) was 2-for-4.
"He's the winningest pitcher in TCU history for a reason," Bregman said of Morrison. "He got a lot of weak contact. He lived off the barrel toward the end of the bat."
No. 7 TCU, 10, No. 2 LSU 3
Cal State Fullerton 3, Vanderbilt 0*
Cal State Fullerton 3, Vanderbilt 5, 12:05 p.m.
Arkansas vs. No. 5 Miami, 3 p.m.
Virginia vs. No. 4 Florida, 8 p.m.
*Play suspended with two outs in the bottom of the sixth