Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Cincinnati; Adds Game
with Murray State For Tuesday at 3 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt baseball team
split a doubleheader with Cincinnati, winning game one
3-1, then dropping game two 7-2, Sunday, Feb. 23, at
Hawkins Field. With the split Vanderbilt moves its record
to 4-2 overall, while Cincinnati is 3-7 on the season.
Vanderbilt baseball also announced the addition of
a game to this week’s schedule. The Commodores
will play Murray State Tuesday at 3 p.m., at Hawkins
Field. Vanderbilt also plays Belmont (2/26), Rutgers
(2/28), Kent State (3/1) and Kansas (3/2) at home this
The Vanderbilt pitching staff limited Cincinnati to
four hits in the first game to help propel the Commodores
to the win. Right-hander Robert Ransom (1-0) pitched
six strong innings as the starter, allowing only two
hits and one earned run while striking out four. Three
other Commodores pitched one inning apiece to close
out the win, including John Scott, Jensen Lewis and
Matt Buschmann. Buschmann pitched the ninth and registered
his second save of the season.
After UC’s Drew Saylor hit a RBI double in the
second inning put the Bearcats ahead 1-0, Vanderbilt
rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Worth Scott started the comeback with a one-out double
to right field. Warner Jones followed with a RBI double
down the left-field line to plate Scott. After Jones
moved to third base on a single to left field by Matt
McGraner, Jones scored on a RBI ground out by Rucker
The Commodores added an insurance run in the fifth
when Taylor singled to left, stole second and scored
on a RBI double by Cesar Nicolas.
Bearcat starter Kyle Markle (0-3) took the loss, pitching
seven innings while giving up seven hits and three earned
runs to go along with a walk and a strikeout.
Cincinnati did not allow a comeback in game two of
the doubleheader, jumping ahead 5-0 before Vanderbilt
could get on the scoreboard. Vanderbilt starter Ryan
Mullins (1-1) was roughed up for three runs in the second
inning when the Bearcats took advantage of a throwing
error by Tony Mansolino and followed with four hits.
Aaron Moll singled in Brad Dorrmann and Justin Niefer
and later scored himself on a RBI single by Mark Muscenti.
The Bearcats went ahead 5-0 in the fifth when Mullins
was called for a balk with runners on second and third
base, scoring Dorrmann. Steve Pickerell then followed
with a RBI double down the left-field line to score
The Commodores got on the board in the fifth inning
when Ryan Klosterman hit his first home run of the season
over the left field wall.
UC first baseman Jon DeLuca put Cincinnati ahead 7-1
with RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings, scoring
Moll and Pickerell, respectively.
Vanderbilt managed to score one additional run in
the eighth when John Kaye hit a sacrifice fly to center
field that scored Klosterman from third base.
Cincinnati starter Nat Bouldin (3-1) pitched seven
innings and earned the win. He scattered seven hits
and allowed only one earned run while striking out four.
Commodore relievers Jeff Sues, Blake Owen and John
Scott also saw action in game two. Sues recorded the
longest outing in relief, throwing 3.2 innings while
striking out seven.