Four-Run Sixth Carries Vanderbilt Past Liscomb,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt registered four hits
and took advantage of a Lipscomb error, scoring four
times in the sixth inning to rally past the Bisions,
5-2, Wednesday, March 19 at Hawkins Field. The win improves
Vanderbilt's record to 12-8, while Lipscomb slips to
6-13 on the season.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth inning, four of
Vanderbilt's first five batters reached base. John Kaye
led off the inning with a single through the right side
of the infield. After Warner Jones sacrificed Kaye to
second base, designated hitter Robert Ransom reached
base after Lipscomb pitcher Seth Kuwik bobbled a slow
chopper in front of the mound.
Tony Mansolino immediately tied the score at 2-2 when
he doubled down the right-field line, scoring Kaye.
Jonathan Douillard, who ended the day 3-for-4, followed
by lacing a single through the left side of the infield
to plate Ransom and move Mansolino to third base to
give the Commodores a 3-2 lead. Vanderbilt pushed across
another run when a passed ball by Lipscomb catcher Kyle
Jackson scored Mansolino. Two batters later Ryan Klosterman
singled in Douillard from third base to give the Commodores
a 5-2 advantage.
Vanderbilt reliever Matt Buschmann (3-1) earned the
win. He allowed only two hits and struck out three in
2.2 innings of work. Fellow Commodore reliever Blake
Owen pitched the ninth, walking one and striking out
two, to register his first collegiate save. Kuwik (2-2)
pitched eight innings in the loss for Lipscomb. He surrendered
10 hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts.
Cesar Nicolas gave the Commodores a 1-0 lead in the
third when he hit a solo home run inside the left-field
foul pole. It was his third long ball of the season.
The Bisons answered in the top of the fourth when
Nat McCorkle doubled and scored on a single to left
field by Jackson.
Lipscomb grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth when McCorkle
singled to right field to plate Brian Passons.
Right-hander Jensen Lewis started the game for Vanderbilt
and allowed only three hits and one earned run in four
innings of action. He also had one strikeout.
Vanderbilt plays its Southeastern Conference home series
opener this weekend against Ole Miss. Game times for
the three-game series are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday
at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. On Saturday, admission
and concessions are $1 and those fans who attend the
Vanderbilt football spring game, beginning at 2 p.m.
at Vanderbilt Stadium, receive free admission to the