NCAA Baseball Tournament 2019 : Vanderbilt baseball suffered a major blunder in its Nashville Super Regional opener, losing 18-5 to Duke. It marked the most runs the Commodores have allowed in a Super Regional game and the largest losing margin in 19 Super Regional games in program history.
“You guys saw the game,” coach Tim Corbin said. “They drilled us.”
Now Vanderbilt (52-11) must rally from a 1-0 deficit for the first time to reach the College World Series. In eight previous Super Regionals, the Commodores lost the series each of the five times it dropped the opening game.
Louisiana — The LSU baseball team continued play in the 2019 NCAA Tournament by facing Florida State in the Baton Rouge Super Regional on Saturday, June 8.
FSU won the game 6-4.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is scheduled to start Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.
Here are highlights from Saturday’s game.
They’ll talk about this one for as long as they talk about Vanderbilt baseball, and when Kumar Rocker is old enough to order a drink in this town, he shouldn’t have to pay for it.
Of course, Rocker will be able to buy a few million rounds when he’s 21.
The 19-year-old Vanderbilt freshman pitcher, who could be a well-paid professional already but decided to sign up for three years in Tim Corbin’s program instead, just gave Corbin’s program an all-timer of a performance, one that had Corbin saying afterward: “In the 17 years I’ve been here, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that.”
Rocker did it under immense pressure — it was beat Duke or pack it up for the season Saturday night at Hawkins Field — and he did it with fire and poise and a slider that bedeviled the Blue Devils to the point that they may see it in future nightmares.
One thing they didn’t see Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Vanderbilt to set up Sunday’s decisive third game of this Super Regional: a hit. Rocker put Vanderbilt (53-11) within one win of its first College World Series since 2015 with the eighth individual no-hitter in NCAA tournament history – the first in the Super Regional round, which was added in 1999 – and first for Vanderbilt since 1971.
Louisville became the first team to clinch a spot in the College World Series, but it was Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker who provided the biggest highlight on the second day of the NCAA super regionals.
The freshman pitched the first no-hitter in the super-regional era that started in 1999, and the No. 2 national seed Commodores kept their season alive with a 3-0 win over Duke on Saturday night.
No. 9 Oklahoma State also will play a decisive Game 3 on Sunday after scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to get past Texas Tech 6-5.
In super regional openers, Florida State, Auburn, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 6 Mississippi State won and can clinch CWS bids Sunday.
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Louisville’s Bobby Miller carried a no-hitter through eight innings in a 12-0 win that wrapped up a two-game sweep of East Carolina. He gave up a hit in the ninth before Michael Kirian finished to preserve the shutout for Louisville (49-16), which reached the CWS for the fourth time since 2013 and fifth overall.
Vanderbilt’s Rocker dominated Duke 24 hours after the Blue Devils won the series opener 18-5. Rocker used a devastating breaking ball to strike out 19, including 12 of 14 in one stretch and the last four. He threw the first individual Vanderbilt no-hitter since 1971 and the eighth in NCAA Tournament history.