Belmont Blanks Vanderbilt in Pitcher's Duel, 1-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ryan Pettit's third-inning RBI single
proved to be all the offense Belmont needed as six Bruin
pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout to defeat
Vanderbilt, 1-0, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Hawkins Field.
The victory moved Belmont's record to 2-0 while Vanderbilt
slipped to 4-3.
Stephen Sundstrom led off the third inning with a walk
off Commodore starter Jensen Lewis (1-1) and took second
after a sacrifice bunt by Joe Novak. Two batters later,
Pettit knocked in Sundstrom with a base hit to left
Vanderbilt managed to place only four runners in scoring
position the entire game. Its biggest threats came in
the third and ninth innings. In the third, the Commodores
drew two walks off Belmont reliever Alex Renes. But
after a Ryan Godfrey ground out moved Jonathan Douillard
to third base and Ryan Klosterman to second, Cesar Nicolas
popped out in foul territory to first baseman Dan Soukup
to end the inning.
Vanderbilt threatened again in the ninth when Tony
Mansolino drew a two-out walk off Belmont reliever Will
Tucker. Mansolino then moved to second when Worth Scott
singled sharply to center field. However, Warner Jones
struck out to end the game.
Belmont starter Shane Haas (1-0) pitched two innings,
allowing one hit while striking out two to earn the
win. Relievers Alex Renes and Dennis Gomez pitched two
innings apiece, while Justin Jordan, Ryan Herzberg and
Will Tucker threw one inning apiece. Tucker earned his
second save of the season.
Vanderbilt pitchers posted strong efforts as well.
Freshman right-hander Jensen Lewis pitched four innings
and struck out a season-high six batters in his first
collegiate start. He gave up only three hits and the
game's lone run. John Scott came on in the fifth and
threw four innings of three-hit baseball. He struck
out three in his longest outing of the year. Matt Buschmann
entered in the ninth inning and gave up one hit and
struck out one.
Vanderbilt plays again Thursday when Trevecca visits
Hawkins Field for a 3 p.m. game.