baseball-d1 flag

Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | June 9, 2019

Kumar Rocker throws 19-strikeout no-hitter to keep Vanderbilt's College World Series hopes alive

Watch: Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker throws 19-strikeout no-hitter against Duke

Kumar Rocker kept Vanderbilt's season alive in historic fashion.

The 6-4 freshman righty threw the first no-hitter in NCAA baseball Super Regionals history in a 3-0 win over Duke. The Super Regional format was first introduced in 1999.

Rocker finished with 19 strikeouts and walked just two in nine innings on 131 pitches. He struck out the side to finish the game. The no-hitter is the first in program history since Doug Wessel in 1971.

CWS 2019: Full tournament bracket | Printable CWS bracket | CWS info & tickets | Shop latest CWS gear

A night after a deflating 18-5 loss to the Blue Devils, the No. 2 overall seeded Commodores needed Saturday's win to stay alive in the best-of-three series. Vanderbilt and Duke will now play a decisive Game 3 on Sunday.

Rocker now has a 10-5 record and 3.50 ERA in his freshman season. He's allowed just one earned run in 15.2 innings of the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament. In regionals, he tossed 6.2 innings, recording eight strikeouts on one earned run in an 8-5 win over Indiana State.

Rocker's historic no-hitter was actually almost the second of the day. Louisville's Bobby Miller made it through eight hitless frames before giving up a single in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 12-0 win over ECU.

Rocker's gem is the eighth no-hitter in NCAA baseball tournament history. Two have come in College World Series play.

Vanderbilt baseball looks to mature in 2021, despite the presence of Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter

Vanderbilt has the most electrifying one-two punch in college baseball leading its rotation, headlining a supremely talented roster that just needs to gain experience.
READ MORE

Vanderbilt's Rocker, Leiter headline Collegiate Baseball's 2021 preseason All-Americans

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released its 2021 preseason All-America teams on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Here are all three teams.
READ MORE

Sarah Fuller makes history as first female to score in a major conference football game

Sarah Fuller, a SEC champion in women's soccer, kicked an extra point in the first quarter of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game on Saturday to make college football history.
READ MORE
Division I
Baseball Championship
June 19-30, 2021
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners