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.