Wins Second Straight From No. 7 LSU, 5-4 in 10 Innings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cesar Nicolas laced a 10th-inning
walk-off single to left field, scoring Ryan Klosterman
to give Vanderbilt a 5-4 victory over No. 7 LSU, Saturday,
April 19, at Hawkins Field. The win, Vanderbilt's fourth
in a row against the Tigers, assures the Commodores
of the series win. The three game set with LSU concludes
Sunday at 1 p.m.
The victory, in front of a record sellout crowd of
1,647, was Vanderbilt's sixth over a ranked league opponent
in its last eight games. The Commodores' record improves
to 19-18 overall and 8-9 in the Southeastern Conference.
LSU slips to 25-13-1 overall and 11-5-1 against league
The Commodores will enter action Sunday a game behind
South Carolina in the SEC Eastern Division standings.
The Gamecocks won a pair of games over Mississippi State
(4-3 and 2-1) Saturday to pick up a half game on Vanderbilt.
Matt Buschmann (4-1) pitched four solid innings in
relief, earning his team-best fourth win. He retired
10 of the 13 batters he faced, allowing only two hits
and a walk.
With the score knotted at 4-4, Jonathan Douillard coaxed
a lead off walk off LSU reliever Jake Tompkins (1-4)
to start the 10th inning. On the following play, Zach
Simpson advanced Douillard to second base with a sacrifice
bunt. Klosterman forced a one out walk to put runners
on first and second. After Gil Kim replaced Douillard
as a pinch runner, he was retired at third base on Matt
Zeller's fielder's choice ground ball to second base.
With Klosterman at second base and Zeller at first,
Nicolas sent a 1-1 pitch sharply into left field that
easily scored Klosterman for the game-winning run.
Nicolas posted a 3-for-4 performance at the plate for
the Commodores, including a solo home run off LSU starter
Bo Pettit in the first inning that sparked a four-run
frame. After Nicolas hit his team-best fifth home run
of the year, Warner Jones singled to right center and
John Kaye walked. Tony Mansolino, who went 3-for-4 in
the game, then followed with his second home run of
the year, a three-run blast to left center field.
Despite walking five batters in the first four innings,
Vanderbilt starter Robert Ransom pitched out of early
trouble and took a no hitter into the fifth frame before
LSU's Ryan Patterson hit a one-out double off the wall
in center field. Ransom ended the day, allowing four
hits, four runs (three earned), five walks and five
strikeouts but did not factor in the decision.
Pettit settled down for LSU and scattered only four
hits and faced only three batters over the minimum during
the next eight innings.
LSU began its comeback in the sixth inning, scoring
one unearned run. Bruce Sprowl led off the frame with
a fly ball to the outfield that hit off the glove of
Zeller in center fielder. Sprowl scored two batters
later on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hill. The Tigers tied
the game in the seventh with three runs thanks in part
to four straight hits and a Commodore fielding error.
Blake Gill and Clay Harris reached on back-to-back singles.
Patterson then brought in Gill with a single to left
field that moved Harris to second base. VU's Buschmann
then entered the game for Ransom.
LSU's Jon Zeringue followed with another single to
left field. However, the ball rolled under Jones' glove,
allowing Harris to score easily, making the score 4-3.
Zeringue tried to advance to second base on the play,
but was thrown out by Jones. With two outs, Sprowl tied
the game at 4-4 when he singled to left field to bring
The series finale will be televised by Jumbo Sports
Network for viewers in Louisiana. The contest will also
appear on Comcast Sports Southeast on a delayed basis