Three-Run Ninth Sends Kent State Past Vanderbilt,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chuck Moore's bases-loaded two-RBI
single capped off a three-run ninth inning as Kent State
rallied past Vanderbilt, 6-4, Saturday, March 1 at Hawkins
Field. With the win Kent State moves to 4-1 on the year.
Vanderbilt drops to 6-4.
Trailing 4-3, the Golden Flashes started the rally
with one out in the inning. Chris Welsh reached first
base when he hit a ground ball that was mishandled by
VU third baseman Tony Mansolino. Welsh then advanced
to third base when Chad Kinyon followed with a single
to right field. Eric O'Brien singled inside the bag
at third base to plate Welsh and tie the score at 4-4.
After a passed ball by Commodore catcher Matt McGraner
moved both Kinyon and Eric O'Brien up one base, Vanderbilt
elected to intentionally walk Eric Holick to load the
bases. Moore then stepped to the plate and delivered
the go-ahead runs.
Commodore reliever Matt Buschmann (0-1), who was in
line to earn his third save of the season before the
rally, instead took his first loss of the year. All
three runs in the ninth were unearned. Kent State's
Gus Hlebovy (2-0) pitched the final two innings to earn
Vanderbilt rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth
when Cesar Nicolas belted a two-run home run over the
left field wall. The Commodores then grabbed their first
lead in the game in the seventh inning when Mansolino
legged out a RBI fielder's choice that scored Matt Zeller.
Kent State scored the game's first run in the second
inning when Moore hit a sacrifice fly to center field
that scored Kinyon. The Golden Flashes went ahead 3-1
in the top of the fifth when Welsch's double into left
center field scored Matt Sega and Pat O'Brien.
Vanderbilt's Warner Jones and Nicolas each had two
hits apiece. Ryan Klosterman was 1-for-3 with three
stolen bases. Welsch, Moore and Eric O'Brien each had
two hits for Kent State. KSU starter Dirk Hayhurst pitched
seven innings and allowed eight hits, three earned runs
and struck out six.
VU starter Robert Ransom lasted four innings, allowed
five hits, three runs and three walks. Commodore reliever
Jensen Lewis struck out four and walked four in the
Vanderbilt concludes play in the Music City Classic
Sunday when it plays No. 17 Kansas at 1 p.m. The game
also completes the Commodores' nine-game homestand.
VU travels to Florida next week for four games during