Vanderbilt 2, Ole Miss 1

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Klosterman Hits Walk-Off RBI Double To Send Vanderbilt
Past Ole Miss, 2-1, in 11 Innings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ryan Klosterman's 11th-inning walk-off double to left-center field scored pinch-runner Gil Kim, sending Vanderbilt past Ole Miss, 2-1 Friday, March 21, at Hawkins Field. The win improves the Commodores to 13-8 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss slips to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

The 12th-inning heroics began when Jonathan Douillard was hit by a pitch by Rebel hurler Jeremy Zick (1-2). Rucker Taylor's ground out to the pitcher to move Douillard to second base with one out. Kim then entered the game to run for Douillard. Klosterman then stepped to the plate and provided the game-winning hit.

The win was Vanderbilt's eighth one-run victory of the season and third win in extra innings.

Commodore pitching was outstanding on the night. Reliever Jensen Lewis (2-3) allowed just two singles in four innings of work. He also struck out three in the win.

Vanderbilt starter Robert Ransom struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed only three hits - all singles - to go along with one earned run and three walks in seven innings of action.

Ole Miss pitching surrendered only three hits on the night. Starter Mark Holliman carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Cesar Nicolas laced a single to left field to start the frame. Holliman went on to throw 8.1 innings and gave up two hits, an unearned run and four walks to go along with two strikeouts.

The Rebels took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Bryce Morrison led off the frame with a walk. He scored four batters later when Chad Sterbens singled to left field.

Vanderbilt tied the score at 1-1 in the seventh inning. Nicolas singled to left field to break up the no-hitter. John Kaye followed with a ground ball to first base that went between the legs of Ole Miss first baseman Stephen Head and sent Nicolas to third base. Warner Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Nicolas and tie the score.

Game two of the three-game SEC series is Saturday at 4 p.m. Vanderbilt will start left-hander Jeremy Sowers (0-2, 2.97 ERA) while Ole Miss will counter with right-hander T.J. Beam (2-0, 2.10 ERA).

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 baseball game.



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