Trouble in Omaha: Arizona delivers early damage to Kumar Rocker
An eyebrow-raising turn of events came early in Omaha for Vanderbilt as star pitcher Kumar Rocker was roughed up by Arizona in the first inning.
The Wildcats delivered back-to-back doubles to score two runs as Rocker struggled to find a rhythm. Daniel Susac then added an RBI single through the left side of the infield to tack on another run. Overall, Arizona took a 3-0 lead as Rocker gave up those runs on four hits, but just one of the runs was earned because of an error by Dominic Keegan at first base.
Early on, it was a battle of strengths as Arizona brought one of the strongest offenses to the College World Series, while Rocker is widely known as one of the top pitchers in the game. Arizona averages 8.6 runs per game, bat .329, lead the nation in doubles and triples, and have homered 14 times in their last eight games, per the Associated Press.
It took him until the No. 8 batter in the lineup for Rocker to deliver his first strikeout, and he delivered 36 pitches in the inning.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 19, 2021