Four Vanderbilt Pitchers Combine For School's First
Commodores Defeat Western Kentucky 4-0
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Four Vanderbilt pitchers combined
for what was believed to be the first perfect game in
school history as the Commodores defeated Western Kentucky
4-0, Tuesday, May 6 at Nick Denes Field.
Freshman right-hander Jensen Lewis (3-5) started for
Vanderbilt (23-23) and tied a career high with six strikeouts
in five innings to earn the win. Freshman right-hander
Nick Pilkington entered in the sixth inning and sat
down all three batters he faced while recording one
strike out. Sophomore left-hander John Scott retired
the side in order in the seventh inning. Freshman right-hander
Matt Buschmann pitched the final two innings, striking
out two in recording his fourth save of the year.
The perfect game is only the eighth in Southeastern
Conference baseball history. It also marks Vanderbilt's
first no-hitter since Doug Wessel vs. Belmont (4/19/71).
Western Kentucky's (24-20) best opportunity to break
up the perfect game came with two outs in the fourth
inning. VU second baseman Rucker Taylor made a diving
catch of a blooper hit behind the first base bag along
the right-field line by Hilltopper right fielder Antone
Commodore third baseman Tony Mansolino gave Vanderbilt
a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when he hit his third
home run of the season, a two-run shot that also scored
Vanderbilt added two insurance runs in the ninth inning
to take a 4-0 lead. VU right fielder Worth Scott hit
a two-run double into the alley in left center field
that scored Mansolino from second base and pinch runner
Gil Kim from first base. Mansolino went 2-for-3 with
two RBI and two runs scored.
Western Kentucky's Igor Roiberg (1-3) took the loss.
Buschmann's save also sets a Vanderbilt team record
for saves in a season with 13.
Vanderbilt returns to the Bluegrass state this weekend
when it travels to Lexington for a three-game Southeastern
Conference series at Kentucky. The series begins Friday
at 6 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 2