Vanderbilt Wins Third Straight by Holding Off Michigan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Warner Jones hit a two-run homer
and a RBI triple and Robert Ransom pitched eight solid
innings before running into trouble in the ninth as
Vanderbilt held off Michigan State, 5-4, Thursday, March
6, at Harmon Stadium at the University of North Florida.
With the win the Commodores claim their third consecutive
victory and move to 9-5 on the year. The Spartans slip
Ransom (2-0) scattered six hits through the first eight
innings, retired eighth straight and took a 5-1 lead
into the ninth inning before giving up four singles
in a row to Travis Gulick, Buddy Burill, Scott Koerber
and Jim Deliz. Deliz's single through the left side
of the infield plated Gulick. Burrill scored on the
next play when MSU's Eric Morris hit into a fielder's
choice to VU third baseman Tony Mansolino. However,
Mansolino's throw to second base short-hopped second
baseman Rucker Taylor and kept the bases loaded with
no outs. MSU's Brett Wattles then grounded out to short
that scored Koerber from third base to trim Vanderbilt's
lead to 5-4. Ransom then walked Alan Cattrysse intentionally
to reload the bases with one out.
Ransom was pulled for Jensen Lewis who stopped the
Spartan rally and picked up his second save of the season.
Lewis struck out Charlie Braun and caught a soft pop
up from James Moreno to end the game.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings.
In the first inning Matt Zeller scored from first base
on a single by Cesar Nicolas and a throwing error by
Morris in left field. VU went ahead 2-0 in the second
when Jonathan Douillard doubled to left-center field
and scored on a single by Taylor.
Jones provided the rest of Vanderbilt's scoring, crushing
a two-run homer off the top of the scoreboard in left
field in the fourth inning and knocking a RBI triple
into the alley in right-center field in the eighth.
Michigan State starter Bryan Gale (2-1) gave up seven
hits and three earned runs in seven innings and took
Vanderbilt plays its fourth and final game during its
Spring Break stay in Jacksonville, Saturday, March 8,
against nationally ranked Notre Dame at 3 p.m. ET at
the University of North Florida.