School World Sequence 2021: stay rating, updates, highlights from Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State Recreation 3
Two games, two blowouts.
Vanderbilt ran up seven runs in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2021 College World Series and set Jack Leiter to cruise control to give the Commodores a 1-0 series lead. Mississippi State scored in all but two innings on Tuesday and shut down Vanderbilt’s lineup to even the series at a game a piece.
A high-scoring affair might not be in the cards for Wednesday as two of college baseball’s best arms toe the rubber against one another as Mississippi State will send out Will Bednar to take on Kumar Rocker and the Commodores in the title game of this year’s College World Series.
Rocker last pitched on Friday to help Vanderbilt defeat NC State and even the bracket play before the Wolfpack were removed due to issues with COVID-19 on the team. He had one of the best starts of his season against Mississippi State back on April 23 when he pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs — one earned — to cross home plate on three hits, one hit batter and no walks with eight strikeouts.
Bednar pitched on Saturday in the elimination game against Texas to lead the Bulldogs to the College World Series finals. He, too, picked up a win earlier in the 2021 season against his Wednesday opponents when he pitched five innings, allowing just one run to score over five innings with three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts.
In addition to the two aces, both teams are going to have their best relievers rested and ready to pitch. Nick Maldonado and Luke Murphy are both going to be available for Tim Corbin and the Commodores, while Mississippi State relief ace Landon Sims has not pitched since Saturday’s win against Texas, allowing him to be fresh and ready to pitch against Vanderbilt.
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College World Series finals live updates, highlights from Game 3
9:09 p.m.: Dubrule follows up the home run with a base hit into right. Runner on first with one out for Skinner.
9:08 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: Tanner launches a home run to left field, his 15th home run this season, to build on the Bulldogs’ lead. Mississippi State extends lead to 6-0.
9:04 p.m. End of Sixth: Bednar, pitching on short rest, has now gone through six innings without allowing a hit to Vanderbilt in the College World Series title game. The Bulldogs are nine outs away from winning a national championship.
8:59 p.m. End Top Sixth: McElvain strikes out James to leave Allen on second.
8:57 p.m.: Allen picks up his second hit of the night with a double roped down the right field line. Runner in scoring position now with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
8:52 p.m. End of Fifth: Bednar continues to dominate. He set the Commodores down in order, capped off with a strikeout of Isaiah Thomas, as he has continued to keep Vanderbilt out of the hit column.
8:46 p.m. End Top Fifth: McElvain catches Clark looking to strand the bases loaded and avoid any more damage. The Mississippi State lead now up to five runs.
8:43 p.m.: Skinner strikes out. Clark now up with two outs and the bases loaded.
8:42 p.m.: McElvain walks Dubrule to load up the bases with one away.
8:38 p.m.: Chris McElvain is the new pitcher for the Commodores.
8:36 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: Allen delivers with a base hit to score the Bulldogs’ fifth run of the game. That will do it for Rocker’s night and his Vanderbilt career. Mississippi State extends lead to 5-0.
8:33 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: Hancock singles up the middle to drive in Jordan and put runners on the corners for Tanner. Mississippi State extends lead to 4-0.
8:32 p.m.: James strikes out swinging. Hancock batting now with a chance to drive in more runs after he hit a sacrifice fly to give Mississippi State the early lead.
8:30 p.m.: Jordan and Allen start the fifth with a pair of singles to put two runners on base for Kamren James with nobody out.
8:26 p.m. End of Fourth: Bednar again sets down the Commodores in order. Vanderbilt has walked three times, but the team remains out of the hit column through the first four innings.
8:19 p.m. End Top Fourth: After the walk, Rocker strikes out the next three in order to strand the runner. Commodores batting hoping to cut back into this deficit.
8:13 p.m.: Another field error by the Commodores as Dubrule reaches on a booted ground ball by Noland. Vanderbilt has 12 errors so far this College World Series.
8:10 p.m. End of Third: Bednar responds with a 1-2-3 inning of his own with three groundouts. Bulldogs hanging on to their 3-0 lead.
8:05 p.m. End Top Third: Rocker sets the Bulldogs down in order, with the first out coming on this impressive running grab by Bradfield.
8:00 p.m. End of Second: Bednar strikes out the next two batters to set down the side.
7:57 p.m.: Jones steals second base to put a runner in scoring position with one away.
7:55 p.m.: Spencer Jones works an 11-pitch walk to give Vanderbilt a leadoff base runner.
7:49 p.m. End Top Second: Allen grounds out to right, but the damage is done. Bulldogs now leading by three runs.
7:48 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: Jordan lines a base hit down the left field line for a double that brings in Skinner. Still two out with a runner in scoring position for Allen. Mississippi State extends lead to 3-0.
7:44 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: Lane Forsythe rolls one out to shortstop that allows Dubrule to score. Now two away with a runner on second for Jordan. Mississippi State extends lead to 2-0.
7:43 p.m.: Clark grounds out to the right side, but the slow roller allows both runners to move into scoring position. One away in the top of the second.
7:40 p.m.: Now Brayland Skinner walks to put a pair of baserunners on for the Bulldogs. Kellum Clark now up to bat with a chance to drive in a run.
7:39 p.m.: Scotty Dubrule leads off the Mississippi State second inning with a walk.
7:34 p.m. End of First: Noland grounds into a 6-4-3 double play as Bednar is able to escape the inning without allowing anyone to score.
7:30 p.m.: Keegan walks to put two runners on base now for Parker Noland.
7:27 p.m.: After striking out Enrique Bradfield Jr., Bednar walks Javier Vaz to put a runner on base for Dominic Keegan.
7:21 p.m. End Top First: Rocker strikes out Logan Tanner to leave a runner on first, but the damage is done as the Bulldogs take the early lead on the Commodores.
7:16 p.m. Mississippi State scoring play: The Bulldogs strike first as Hancock lifts a sacrifice fly to right field that scores Jordan and gives Mississippi State the lead. Third straight game they’ve scored first. Mississippi State takes a 1-0 lead.
7:12 p.m.: What should have been a double play on a ground ball back to Rocker results in a throwing error by the Vanderbilt starting pitcher and puts runners on the corners with one out for Luke Hancock.
7:12 p.m.: Rocker drops a curveball inside to Tanner Allen and gets the call for strike three. First out of the inning.
7:09 p.m.: Rowdey Jordan likes the first pitch he sees and lines a fastball into right field for a leadoff single.
7:07 p.m.: Vanderbilt is taking the field to get ready to throw out the first pitch in this one.
6:45 p.m.: No rain delays in Omaha tonight. The weather is partly cloudy and is sitting at 84 degrees out there, according to the Weather Channel.
6:30 p.m.: Here’s how the two teams will be lining up for the final game of the college baseball season.
How to watch 2021 College World Series finals Game 3
ESPN continues its coverage of the College World Series with the third game of the series set to air on ESPN2.
Viewers will also be able to stream the College World Series finals on ESPN+ or fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
College World Series schedule, scores
Monday, June 28
|Vanderbilt 8, Mississippi State 2|
Tuesday, June 29
|Mississippi State 13, Vanderbilt 2|
Wednesday, June 30
|Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State||7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)|