Sunrise, sunset. The two stars of Vanderbilt’s 6-3 victory over Clanga were cagey senior Stephen “The Sentient Fire Hydrant” Scott and precocious freshman fireballer Kumar “White Castle” Rocker. The freshman was in control for 6 innings of 5 hit, 1 run ball. The senior... well let’s just say I’d be ecstatic if I was as good at anything as Stephen Scott is at hitting monster dongs in June.
The senior slugger struck first with one out in the 2nd inning. Clanga pitcher Peyton “The Adverbial Form of Pitted Fruit” Plumlee looked shaky in the first—allowing back to back singles from Martin and Bleday to lead off the inning—but escaped unscathed. In the 2nd, Stephen Scott... well... he done scathed the pitcher something fierce:
Home run for Stephen Scott!— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 19, 2019
The solo shot gives the @VandyBoys an early 1-0 lead! #CWS pic.twitter.com/ZiHv0WJccH
In the top of the 5th, JJ Bleday doubled in Austin Martin to make it 2-0 Commodores. Then, Clanga Manager Chris “Lemon Party” Lemonis went to the bullpen... and the wheels fell off.
With the bases loaded, Runs-Batted-In-DMC (So. CF Pat Demarco) poked a first pitch right to the first baseman. Rather than turn a relatively easy home to first double play to end the inning, Allen threw to 2nd, getting only one out, and allowing JJ Bleday to score.
Then, with 2 men on and 2 out, Stephen Scott went happy-go-jacky and donged one right out of TD Ameritrade to make it 6-0.
Scott’s trots. #CWS | #VandyBoys— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) June 19, 2019
In the 7th, Corbin replaced Kumar Rocker with Patrick Raby, who promptly turned an easy victory into a nail-biter. Thankfully, after Raby allowed a solo shot, and two doubles, with 2 outs in the 7th, Corbs went to the no-doubter in the pen, So. RHP Tyler “The Deliveryman” Brown.
Brown calmly destroyed all hope in the state of Mississippi with a 7 out save, allowing only one hit, to preserve the 3 run lead.
Vanderbilt will now face the winner of tomorrow’s Mississippi State vs. Louisville elimination game. We will next take the field Friday at 6pm CT.