Zeller's Walk-Off Single in 11th Gives Vanderbilt
3-2 Win Over Austin Peay
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Zeller went 2-for-5 with two
RBI, including a 11th-inning walk-off single to left
center field that scored Jonathan Douillard from second
base as Vanderbilt edged Austin Peay 3-2, Tuesday, April
22 at Hawkins Field.
The win snaps the Commodores' three-game non-conference
losing streak and improves their record to 20-19 overall.
Austin Peay drops to 16-20-1 on the season.
Douillard led off the bottom of the 10th with a single
to left field off Governors' reliever Jeff Mault (1-2).
He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Zach
Simpson. Ryan Klosterman followed with a walk that put
runners on first and second base for Zeller. Mault then
suffered an injury and was replaced with a 0-2 count
by fellow reliever Jake Lund. Zeller hit Lund's first
pitch for the game-winning RBI.
Jeremy Sowers (4-4), who entered in the top of the
11th inning, picked up the win. He struck out two of
the three batters he faced.
Commodore starter Blake Owen pitched well. He allowed
only three hits, two runs (both earned) and two walks
to go along with three strikeouts in seven-plus innings
of work. He retired 13 consecutive batters from the
second inning into the sixth.
Vanderbilt built a 2-0 lead only to see Austin Peay
rally for two runs, on no hits, in the top of the eighth
inning. James Ray walked and scored on a balk by VU
reliever Matt Buschmann to trim Vanderbilt's lead to
2-1. Mitchell Turriglio tied the game at 2-2 when he
scored two batters later on Ron Bethke's fielder's choice
ground ball to Simpson at second base.
Tony Mansolino stretched his current hit streak to
a career-high 11 games when his fourth-inning triple
down the right-field line scored John Kaye from first
base to give Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the seventh when Zeller singled
to left field to bring in Klosterman from second base.
Warner Jones, Klosterman and Kaye joined Zeller with
two hits apiece against Austin Peay pitching. Klosterman
has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. Cesar Nicolas,
the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, went
0-for-3 with a pair of walks. Mickey Kropf made his
first start as a Commodore at third base, but was hitless
at the plate.
Vanderbilt returns to SEC play this weekend when it
welcomes Auburn to Hawkins Field for a three-game series
beginning Friday at 7 p.m. The series continues Saturday
at 4 p.m., and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Joe Fisher
calls the play-by-play action on WNSR 560 AM radio Friday
and Saturday. Sunday's contest will be televised live
by Comcast Sports Southeast.