Kumar Rocker followed up his no-hitter in the super regional with another strong start in his College World Series debut, and Stephen Scott homered twice and drove in four runs in Vanderbilt’s 6-3 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
The Commodores (56-11), the No. 2 national seed, gained the inside track to the best-of-three finals next week. They need a victory Friday or Saturday to advance.
Rocker, who struck out 19 in his no-hitter against Duke on June 8, held the Bulldogs (52-14) scoreless until Rowdey Jordan’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning.
• Also, Brian Klein homered and Texas Tech beat Florida State 4-1 to close the 40-year coaching career of NCAA all-time wins leader Mike Martin. … Louisville held Auburn to two runs over five innings and the Cardinals eliminated the Tigers 5-3, completing a game suspended by rain one day earlier. Louisville plays another elimination game against Mississippi State on Thursday.
Soccer: Andres Guardado had two goals in the second half, Roberto Alvarado also scored and Mexico beat Canada 3-1 in the knockout round of the Gold Cup in Denver. … Martinique beat Cuba 3-0.
• At the Copa America in Brazil, Argentina could manage only a 1-1 draw against Paraguay … At Sao Paulo, Duvan Zapata scored with an 86th-minute header to give Colombia a 1-0 win over Qatar and a spot in the knockout stage.
NBA: Memphis sent point guard Mike Conley to Utah for three players, a person familiar with the deal said. The Grizzlies reportedly swapped Conley for forward Jae Crowder, guard/forward Kyle Korver and guard Grayson Allen.
WNBA: Seattle Storm had coach Dan Hughes, 64, is back as head coach after missing a month because of treatment for cancer.
• Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 28 points and the host Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 88-78.
Found: Former NFL running back Rod Smart, who earned notoriety when he wore “He Hate Me” on the back of his XFL jersey in 2001, has been found safe after missing for the last six days, according to Lancaster County police in South Carolina.
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