- Vanderbilt can seal the championship with a win tonight
- They ran out comfortable winners with an 8-2 victory last night
The Vanderbilt Commodores are a win away from a second consecutive College World Series title following their 8-2 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Monday night. The Commodores now have two chances to get a win in the best-of-three series, while MSU fights to keep their season alive on Tuesday night.
Vanderbilt vs Mississippi State Schedule
- Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
- When: Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 PM ET
- How to Watch: ESPN
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Vanderbilt In a Great Spot
The Commodores coasted to victory on Monday as they were up 7-1 by the end of the 1st inning. That’s more than enough run support for future MLB pick Jack Leiter, who cruised to 6.0 IP of 2 ER ball. It was the first convincing win of the tourney for Vandy, who beat shorthanded NC State 3-1 and has 1-run wins over Arizona and Stanford this CWS.
Vanderbilt didn’t have the typical offense going that you’d expect in an 8-2 win. The Commodores had just 5 hits, led by a Jayson Gonzalez HR and 3 RBI. CJ Rodriguez also added 2 RBI as Vanderbilt walked four times in the 1st inning before collecting their first hit.
The Commodores likely won’t turn to co-Ace Kumar Rocker on Tuesday night, saving him for a possible elimination game on Wednesday if Mississippi State can pull off the win. Tim Corbin hasn’t named the game 2 starter yet, but Patrick Reilly is a candidate even though he’s spent time as a starter and reliever this season.
Mississippi State’s Season on the Line
The scoreboard looks like Vanderbilt had their offense going on Tuesday, but it really was an implosion by Mississippi State pitcher Christian Macleod that did the damage. The Commodores had only 5 hits in the game – the same as MSU – but Macleod walked two batters, hit two more, and gave up 6 ER while lasting just 0.2 IP.
Looking back, it may be the failure to eliminate Texas on Friday night may be the most crucial loss of the tournament for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs then had to use ace Will Bednar on Saturday instead of having him for game one of the CWS vs. Leiter and the Bulldogs.
There are still reasons to be optimistic for Mississippi State backers heading into Tuesday night’s contest. For one, the Omaha crowd on Monday night was decisively pro-Bulldogs, and a Kamren James HR in the top of the 1st inning was said to have the same atmosphere as a TD in the fall in Starksville. Another positive is that the opener was fairly close after the 1st inning, with the Commodores managing just 2 hits the rest of the way.
Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State Prediction & Pick
Who will win this CWS game tonight:
The final 8 innings of the opener were basically a dead heat, so game 1 could’ve ended a lot differently if Macleod had any type of command. The Bulldogs will be playing their 4th game in the last five days, but an amped-up crowd can get them to game 3, which will ultimately likely be where the Commodores capture the title.
Mississippi State 5 – Vanderbilt 3
- Mississippi State win