Not since South Carolina won in 2010 and 2011 has a team won the Men’s College World Series in consecutive tournaments.
Vanderbilt is one win away from making history and becoming the sixth team to achieve the feat. Mississippi State, on the other hand, now hopes to take two straight from the Commodores to finally reach the peak of the college baseball world and win the program’s first national championship.
The Bulldogs had a promising start Monday, taking an early 1-0 lead, but a seven-run spot in the bottom half of the first inning gave Vanderbilt and starting pitcher Jack Leiter all they needed to claim the first game of the series.
Mississippi State won’t have to worry about Leiter on Tuesday. Kumar Rocker pitched Friday, so he will either be pitching on short rest or be held until an as-needed Game 3 appearance Wednesday. And the the Bulldogs know their bullpen is capable of shutting down the Commodores after allowing just one run and two hits over the final seven innings of the game on Monday.
The Commodores might be ahead in the series, but it is way too early to count out Mississippi State. It will be Christian Little on the mound for Vanderbilt against Houston Harding for Mississippi State.
College World Series finals live updates, highlights from Game 2
Updates will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET
How to watch 2021 College World Series finals Game 2
ESPN continues its coverage of the College World Series with the second game of the series set to air on ESPN. ESPN2 will show the third game of the series, should Mississippi State even up the series Tuesday.
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
Tuesday, June 29
Wednesday, June 30
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