Godfrey's Ninth-Inning Two-Run Double Rallies Vanderbilt
Past No. 10 Mississippi State, 4-3
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Ryan Godfrey roped a ninth-inning
bases-loaded two-RBI double inside the right-field line
that scored Rucker Taylor and Ryan Klosterman as Vanderbilt
rallied past No. 10 Mississippi State, 4-3, Saturday
at Dudy Noble Field. The win draws the Commodores (11-7,
1-1 SEC) even in their three-game Southeastern Conference
series with the Bulldogs (12-2-1, 1-1 SEC). The series
finale is Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt sophomore reliever John Scott (1-0) earned
the win, his first against a Southeastern Conference
opponent. Mississippi State reliever Robby Goodson (0-1)
took the loss.
Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning, Vanderbilt
took advantage of Goodson's control problems. Goodson
plunked the Commodores' first two batters in the inning
in Taylor and Klosterman. He was then pulled in favor
of MSU reliever Jamie Gant. However, Cesar Nicolas,
who went 3-for-4, followed with a single to center field
to load the bases with no outs. Gant then struck out
Jeff Boutwell and Worth Scott before Godfrey delivered
the game-winning hit.
Vanderbilt starter Robert Ransom did not factor into
the decision, but pitched well. He threw seven innings,
struck out five and walked one while giving up nine
hits and three earned runs.
Mississippi State scored all of its runs in the bottom
of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. J.B, Tucker's double
to deep right field scored Brad Corley and Brent Lewis
to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Tucker, who went 3-for-4
with two RBI, came home two batters later on a sacrifice
fly by Joseph Hunter.
Vanderbilt pulled to within 3-2 in the sixth inning
when Worth Scott scored from second base on a throwing
error by MSU first baseman Matthew Brinson. John Kaye
hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield that
was fielded by Brinson. However, Brinson's throw was
behind pitcher Alan Johnson, who was covering first
base. That allowed Worth Scott to score on the play.
The Commodores scored the game's first run in the fourth
inning. Nicolas led off the frame with a double down
the third-base line. He moved to third on a balk by
Johnson. After Boutwell forced a walk, Worth Scott hit
a ground ball double play to second base that scored
Klosterman was hitless on the day but walked twice,
was hit by a pitch in the ninth and recorded three stolen
bases against the Bulldogs.