Vanderbilt, behind star P Kumar Rocker, beats Mississippi State in Omaha 6-3
The Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0) have seized control of their half of the bracket by defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs 6-3.
After pitching one of the greatest games in college baseball history in the Super Regional, Kumar Rocker shoved again Wednesday in Omaha. Rocker threw six innings and allowed just five hits and one run. Yes, Mississippi State didn’t hit well, but Rocker is downright nasty and certainly a big part of that.
On offense, the Dores were aided by LF Stephen Scott, who dropped two bombs and totaled four RBIs. Scott knew this one was gone as soon as he hit it:
No doubt about this one, folks!
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 19, 2019
RF JJ Bleday also added three hits for the Commodores.
Mississippi State got something going in the seventh by scoring two runs, but Vandy didn’t allow any more. Patrick Raby replaced Rocker in the seventh and gave up the two runs. Tyler Brown pitched the final 2.1 innings for Vandy and allowed just one hit.
MSU’s Jake Mangum and Marshall Gilbert knocked two hits each, with Gilbert going yard.
Vanderbilt moves on to face the winner of one-loss Louisville and one-loss Mississippi State. The Cardinals and Bulldogs will play Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.