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Anchor Drop, June 29, 2021: 67 Days to Kickoff

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A seven-run first inning puts Vanderbilt one win away from the title.

Georgia v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Today marks 67 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against East Tennessee State. 67 for the Commodores is sophomore Trent Weaver. A 6’3”, 290-pound offensive lineman from St. Louis, Weaver didn’t play in 2020 after walking on the team.

Last night saw the ultimate “and then what happened?” moment when Mississippi State’s Kamren James took Jack Leiter deep in the top of the first to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in Game 1 of the College World Series final.

Yep. In the bottom of the first, Enrique Bradfield led off with a walk and moved up to second on a Carter Young groundout. And then, the wheels came off for Mississippi State starter Christian MacLeod: Dom Keegan drew a walk, Enrique Bradfield stole third, and then a breaking pitch got away from MacLeod, giving Tate Kolwyck a free base (challenged, for some reason, by Chris Lemonis.) With the bases loaded, MacLeod then plunked Parker Noland to tie the score. A C.J. Rodriguez single plated two, and after Javier Vaz popped out, Isaiah Thomas knocked one just fair down the left-field line to make the score 4-1 — and MacLeod’s night was done. Relief pitcher Chase Patrick then came in and immediately gave up a three-run blast to nine-hole hitter Jayson Gonzalez, and suddenly, Vanderbilt had a 7-1 lead.

And that of course held up. Jack Leiter didn’t have his best outing, but given seven runs of support to work with, his six-inning, eight-strikeout, three-hit, three-walk, two-run performance was more than good enough to give Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead in the College World Series final. I have no idea who’s going to pitch for Vanderbilt tonight, but the Commodores just need to win either tonight or tomorrow to claim their third national title. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN at 6:00 PM CT.

And let’s not ignore that some Mississippi State fans decided to show their asses in the loss:

So, yeah. Win tonight and send them back to Starkville.

Scoreboard

MLB: Rockies 2, Pirates 0 ... Reds 12, Phillies 4 ... Angels 5, Yankees 3 ... Nationals 8, Mets 4 ... Cleveland 13, Tigers 5 ... Red Sox 6, Royals 5 ... Orioles 9, Astros 7 ... Brewers 14, Cubs 4 ... Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 1 ... Dodgers 3, Giants 2.

NBA: Clippers 116, Suns 102.

NHL: Lightning 5, Canadiens 1.

Euro 2020: Croatia 3-5 Spain ... France 3-3 Switzerland (Switzerland advances on penalties).

Copa America: Bolivia 1-4 Argentina ... Uruguay 1-0 Paraguay.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 9:20 AM: FIBA: Mexico v. Germany (ESPN+)
  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: England v. Germany (ESPN)
  • 11:20 AM: FIBA: Venezuela v. Lithuania (ESPN+)
  • 12:50 PM: FIBA: Brazil v. Tunisia (ESPN+)
  • 1:05 PM: FIBA: Serbia v. Dominican Republic (ESPN+)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: Sweden v. Ukraine (ESPN)
  • 5:55 PM: FIBA: Canada v. Greece (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: College World Series: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (ESPN)
  • 6:05 PM: MLB: Angels at Yankees (MLB.tv free game)
  • 6:07 PM: MLB: Mariners at Blue Jays (MLB Network)
  • 6:20 PM: MLB: Mets at Braves (MLB Network)
  • 7:15 PM: MLB: Diamondbacks at Cardinals (ESPN+)
  • 7:30 PM: NBA: Bucks at Hawks (TNT)
  • 9:00 PM: MLB: Giants at Dodgers (ESPN)
  • 9:25 PM: FIBA: Turkey v. Uruguay (ESPN+)