Vanderbilt gave its starter Jack Leiter a big early lead and cruised to an 8-2 victory over Mississippi State in Game 1 of the College World Series finals last night. 

The Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the first, but the Commodores responded with a seven-run outburst in their first at-bat.  Leiter allowed two runs on three hits and struck out eight in six innings. 

Vandy tries to win a second straight national championship tonight in Omaha.  First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at T.D. Ameritrade Park.  The game will be televised on ESPN.