Vanderbilt Earns 5-4 Win Against
East Tennessee State in Home Opener
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In his first collegiate start freshman
left-hander Ryan Mullins scattered three hits and struck
out six in six innings of work and Warner Jones went
3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored as Vanderbilt
topped East Tennessee State, 5-4, Tuesday, Feb. 18,
at Hawkins Field.
The win came in Vanderbilt's home opener and moved
the Commodores' record to 2-1 while East Tennessee State
suffered its first loss of the season to slip to 2-1.
East Tennessee State scored two runs on two hits off
Mullins (1-0) in the first inning. Andy Howdeshell led
off the game with a double to right center field and
scored from third base two batters later when Blake
Church grounded out to shortstop. The next ETSU batter,
Chad Boruff walked, took second on a passed ball and
scored on Caleb Moore's RBI single to right field.
Mullins then settled down, allowed only one additional
hit and retired seven in a row on two separate occasions
before leaving the game.
Vanderbilt cut the 2-0 deficit in half in the bottom
of the first when Ryan Klosterman led off the frame
with a walk and later scored on a balk by ETSU starter
Mike Bauer (0-1). The Commodores took a 3-2 lead after
two innings when Rucker Taylor scored Jones from third
base on a RBI single off the third base bag and Jonathan
Douillard singled and later scored on Bauer's second
balk of the game.
Vanderbilt pushed the lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning
thanks to RBI singles by Jones and Klosterman.
ETSU moved to within 5-3 in the seventh when VU reliever
Jeff Sues entered the game and walked Bo Calloway who
later scored on a RBI ground out by Howdeshell.
Commodore reliever Matt Buschmann entered the game
in the ninth. He surrendered a one-out double to Shane
Byrne. ETSU pinch hitter Davis Burklin scored Byrne
on the following play with a RBI single to left field.
Burklin, however, tried to stretch the hit into a double
and was thrown out at second base. Buschmann then struck
out Howdeshell looking to earn his first save of the
Besides Jones, three other Commodores registered at
least two hits in the game, including Matt Zeller, Klosterman
Vanderbilt concludes its two-game series with East
Tennessee State, Wednesday at 3 p.m. VU's starter has
not been determined while ETSU will go with freshman
right-hander Jeremy Hall (0-0).