Louisville 1st in to CWS; Rocker no-hitter keeps Vandy alive

Vanderbilt's Ethan Paul makes a catch of a line drive during the first inning of the team's NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Duke on Saturday

Vanderbilt's Ethan Paul makes a catch of a line drive during the first inning of the team's NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Duke on Saturday

Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker tossed a no-hitter against Duke on Saturday, the first in a Super Regional in NCAA Tournament history.

It was the first no-hitter in the NCAA tournament since Florida's Jonathon Crawford shut out Bethune-Cookeman on June 1, 2012.

Rocker led Vanderbilt, the No. 2 team in the country, to a 3-0 win over the Blue Devils to tie the series up at 1-1, heading into a win-or-go-home Game 3.

The 19-year-old skipped last summer's MLB Draft and instead chose to play for Vanderbilt.

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. Armed with a 97-mph fastball and wicked breaking ball, he allowed just four baserunners - hitting one batter, walking two and allowing one to reach on a wild pitch following a strikeout.

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.

"I guess Duke caught on and they tried it", Rocker told the Tennessean. Price, now with the Red Sox, noted Rocker was trying to keep the Commodores' season alive. "I tip my hat to you sir!" Game 3 is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, with the victor headed to the College World Series. Fans gave Taylor a standing ovation when he sat up, then stayed silent until he stood up and walked off the field.

Damon Lux replaced him as a runner, and Rocker struck out Matt Mervis with Clarke throwing out Lux at second. Paul stole second, then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Jarvis. He scored when Clarke poked a single into right field for the only run Rocker needed.

Jarvis (5-2) struck out nine through seven innings taking the loss.