Kumar Rocker scored 11 runs in 7 2/3 innings, while allowing just three hits, and Vanderbilt defeated East Carolina 2–0 to start a best-of-three series at the Nashville Super Regionals.
Nashville, Tenn. – Kumar Rocker scored 11 runs in 7 2/3 innings while allowing just three hits, and Vanderbilt beat East Carolina 2-0 on Friday to begin a best-of-three series at the Nashville Super Regionals.
4 overall seed, Vanderbilt (44-15), could secure his fifth trip to the College World Series – all since 2011 – with a win over East Carolina (44-16) on Saturday. ECU needed two straight victories to proceed to their first trip in the program’s history.
Rocker (13-3) and ECU starter Gavin Williams combined for 24 strikes.
Rocker threw 117 pitches, leading to a two-out single from Conor Norby in the last. Nick Maldonado made the final by an innings and Luke Murphy made his eighth save.
Williams (10-1) lost for the first time this season despite reaching a career high with 13 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Vanderbilt freshman Enrique Bradfield Jr., the nation’s leader in stolen bases, caused problems for the ECU in the eighth. Bradfield led the innings with an infield single, reaching second on the wild pitch and third on the sacrificial bunt. Bradfield was called home on a fielder’s choice, but was declared safe after an official review to make it 2–0.
East Carolina was shut out for only the second time this season.
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