Fans of pitching are in for a treat in the 2021 College World Series finals.
The two surviving teams in the gauntlet of the NCAA baseball tournament are No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Mississippi State, two teams that have leaned on their pitching to find success this season and postseason.
The Commodores are led by the imposing duo of Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker, with Leiter set to start on Monday, while the Bulldogs boast their own sturdy one-two punch with Will Bednar and Christian MacLeod, the latter scheduled to oppose Leiter on the hill. Vanderbilt and Mississippi State collectively rank No. 1 and 2 in pitching strikeouts-per-nine-innings this season at 12.3 and 11.9, respectively. However, the Commodores come in having the better OPS (.872 to .815) and ERA (3.27 to 4.07).
Sporting News is going to be providing live updates and highlights from the first game of the College World Series.
College World Series finals live updates, highlights from Game 1
6:40 p.m.: The start of the College World Series is delayed.
6:38 p.m.: The lineups are set for tonight’s College World Series matchup.
How to watch 2021 College World Series finals Game 1?
ESPN continues its coverage of the College World Series with the first game of the series set to air on ESPN2. ESPN will show the second game of the series, while ESPN2 will again carry the third game if necessary in the best-of-three series.
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
|Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State||7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)|
Tuesday, June 29
|Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State||7 p.m. ET (ESPN)|
Wednesday, June 30
|Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (if necessary)||7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)|