Stop us if you heard this one. The defending champion Vanderbilt Commodores look like they have another stud freshman pitcher on their hands. The Vandy Boys young righty came out and struck out 12 over five no-hit innings on Tuesday night in a 3-0 victory over South Alabama.
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Last year, of course, Vandy’s freshman Kumar Rocker took the college baseball world by storm with memorable appearance after memorable appearance en route to the 2019 College World Series title. Perhaps that’s what makes this start so promising for the Commodores — and frightening for the SEC — that these two will be together for through 2021.
Now, it’s one start, but it was an impressive one. Here’s what stood out.
Leiter strikes out 12 of his 15 outs
That’s impressive right there, especially against a South Alabama lineup that were the favorites to win the Sunbelt Conference this year in the preseason. Leiter came out firing, striking out the side in the first, freezing each batter looking at strike three.
Per our friends at D1Baseball.com, Leiter was sharp. He had three pitches working, “sitting 92-95 mph with his fastball, while…