Outlasts Lipscomb's Four-Run Ninth For 6-5 Win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tony Mansolino knocked in three
runs and John Kaye went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Vanderbilt
built a 6-0 lead over Lipscomb through sixth innings,
but the Commodores had to withstand a four-run ninth-inning
rally by the Bisons before winning, 6-5, Tuesday, March
10 at Hawkins Field. With the victory Vanderbilt records
its sixth win in its last nine games to move to 10-6.
Lipscomb drops to 4-10 on the season.
In his first collegiate start Commodore freshman right-hander
Matt Buschmann (2-1) pitched five perfect innings and
recorded five strikeouts in the win. Lipscomb starter
Logan Good (1-3) allowed three hits, three walks and
four runs (all earned) in the loss.
Vanderbilt scored the game's first two runs in the
second inning on Mansolino's two-out two-RBI double
down the left-field line that scored Worth Scott and
The Commodores pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third
when Rucker Taylor scored from third base on a sacrifice
fly by Cesar Nicolas.
An inning later, Kaye doubled to left-center field
and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Mansolino
to give Vanderbilt a 4-0 advantage after four innings.
The Commodores' lead grew to 6-0 in the fifth when
Kaye's one-out two-RBI single to center field scored
Nicolas and Worth Scott.
Vanderbilt reliever John Scott took over for Buschmann
in the sixth and carried the perfect game into the seventh
before Lipscomb's Brian Passons pushed a bunt over the
head of John Scott on the mound for an infield single.
Nathan McCorkle brought in Passons three batters later
on a double into left-center field to make the score
That was the score of the game entering the ninth when
VU reliever Blake Owen gave up four runs (three earned)
on two hits. Passons, who led off the inning with a
walk, scored the Bisons first run of the inning when
he came home from third base on a RBI single through
the left side of the infield by McCorkle. With one out,
Chris Parker was hit by a pitch and later came home
on RBI single by Todd Boucher. Lipscomb continued the
rally on the next play when McCorkle came home on a
wild pitch by Owen. One out later Lipscomb pulled to
within a 6-5 score when Brett Pack, pinch running for
Boucher, scored after VU shortstop Ryan Klosterman's
throw to first base short hopped Cesar Nicolas, allowing
Patrick O'Rourke to reached base.
Commodore reliever Jonathan Douillard then entered
the game and recorded his first collegiate save, throwing
three consecutive strikes to retire Ryan Royer with
the game-ending strikeout.
Vanderbilt begins play in the Southeastern Conference
this weekend in Starkville, Miss., when it battles the
10th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs in a three-game
series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Game two of
the series is Saturday at 2 p.m. The series finale is
Sunday at 1:30 p.m.