Knox Homers Twice as Middle Tennessee Hands Vanderbilt
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee designated hitter
Jerry Knox went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three
RBI to send the Blue Raiders past Vanderbilt, 9-5, Tuesday,
April 15 at Reese Smith Field. The win improves Middle
Tennessee's record to 17-19 overall while Vanderbilt
drops to 17-18 on the season.
Knox sparked an eventual MTSU comeback in the fourth
inning. With the Blue Raiders trailing 3-0, Knox led
off the frame with a solo home run to left center field
to trim Vanderbilt's lead to 3-1. Shane Kemp followed
with a single and scored three batters later on a fielding
error by Tony Mansolino to make the score 3-2.
Middle Tennessee completed the comeback in the fifth
inning off Commodore reliever Jonathan Douillard (0-1).
Brett Carroll's RBI single to center scored Josh Archer
and tied the game at 3-3. Shane Kemp brought in Carroll
two batters later with a run scoring triple into the
alley in right center. Derek Phillips followed with
a double to center field that scored Kemp and gave MTSU
a 5-3 advantage.
Vanderbilt climbed to within a 5-4 score in the sixth
inning, but Middle Tennessee put the game away, scoring
four times in the ninth on a pair of two-run home runs
off Commodore reliever Matt Buschmann. Nate Jaggers
was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Archer followed
with a two-run shot over the center field wall. After
Carroll doubled to center field, Knox connected again
for his second home run of the night, a two-run homer
that cleared the wall in right field.
MTSU reliever Travis Horschel (2-2) earned the win.
He gave up four hits and an unearned run while walking
one and striking out one in 3.1 innings. Teammate Chase
Swing picked up his third save of the year. He tossed
2.1 innings, allowing one hit a run (earned) while striking
out three without a walk.
The Commodores built a 3-0 lead after four innings.
Zach Simpson gave Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead in the third
inning when he singled through the middle of the infield
to bring in Tony Mansolino. An inning later, John Kaye
singled to center field to score Cesar Nicolas. After
Kaye went to third base on a single by Warner Jones,
Worth Scott hit a sacrifice fly to right center field
that brought home Kaye to give Vanderbilt a 3-0 lead.
After MTSU rallied for a 5-3 lead, Vanderbilt attempted
a comeback in the sixth frame. Kaye and Jones began
the inning with singles and took second and third base
respectively on a passed ball by MTSU catcher Derek
Phillips. Scott followed with a blooper along the right
field line that was ruled a catch after Clif Thomas
made a diving attempt. Kaye ran back to third base,
tagged up and came home to make the score 5-4. However,
Jones was doubled up on second base for the second out
of the inning. Tony Mansolino then bunted out to the
pitcher to end the inning.
Mansolino went a team-best 3-for-4 at the plate, including
a ninth-inning solo home run to left field. Kaye recorded
two hits while Scott posted two RBI.
The Commodores registered 11 hits against Middle Tennessee.
It marked the fifth consecutive game Vanderbilt has
posted 10 or more hits in a contest. Commodore starter
Jensen Lewis pitched four innings, striking out five
and surrendering six hits, two runs (one earned) and
Vanderbilt plays host to No. 7 LSU this weekend in
a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning
Friday at 7 p.m. Game two is Saturday at 4 p.m. The
series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.