Duke batter tries to 'ice' stud Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, fails miserably

Paola Ditto
Giugno 12, 2019

Rocker's no-hitter was the first individual no-hitter for Vanderbilt since 1971, eighth in NCAA Tournament history, and first in Super Regional history. His performance marked only the eighth no-no by a single pitcher in NCAA Tournament history, with the last one coming in 2012 from Florida's Jonathan Crawford in a Regional game.

Rocker, the son of former Auburn football star Tracy Rocker, threw 131 pitches, 89 for strikes.

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin anxious when Kumar Rocker came off the mound after a first inning when the freshman pitcher hit Duke center fielder Kennie Taylor with a pitch near the left eye.

The elite starting pitcher struck out 19 batters and walked just two men.

Rocker struck out side in fifth inning to tie his career-high with 10 strikeouts, though Ethan Murray reached base on a pitch Clarke couldn't handle.

Price, who won his start Saturday night for the Red Sox, shouted out Rocker on Twitter. "I tip my hat to you sir!"

"Candidly, Kumar Rocker was just better than us tonight, " Duke coach Chris Pollard said. He went down in pain with the sellout crowd silent while trainers treated him. Taylor was back in the dugout icing the left side of his face by the eighth inning.

Damon Lux replaced him as a runner, and Rocker struck out Matt Mervis with Philip Clarke throwing out Lux at second. Paul stole second, then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Jarvis. Pat DeMarco thought he had a two-run home run to follow only to be robbed by Lux with a great catch at the wall. Jarvis (5-2) struck out nine through seven innings.

The Commodores backed Rocker with 10 hits, scoring a run in the fifth on Philip Clarke's RBI single and two in the eighth on Stephen Scott's sacrifice fly and Julian Infante's RBI bunt single.

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