Middle Tennessee Defeats Vanderbilt, 4-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Josh Archer, Jeff Beachum and Nate
Jaggers had run scoring hits and Blue Raider pitchers
posted 11 strikeouts as Middle Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt
4-2, Tuesday, May 13 at Hawkins Field. Middle Tennessee
improves to 28-24 while Vanderbilt slips to 24-26.
MTSU reliever Travis Horschel (3-2) earned the win.
In three and two thirds innings of work, Horschel scattered
three hits and a run (earned) while striking out four
and walking two. Teammate Chase Swing pitched two and
two-thirds innings to earn his eighth save of the year.
He struck out two without allowing a hit.
Vanderbilt starter Blake Owen (1-2) took the loss.
He gave up five hits and three runs (all earned) while
striking out six and walking five in five and two-thirds
Middle Tennessee took an early 1-0 lead in the first.
Chad Cooper drew a two-out walk and scored on Archer's
RBI double into the right-center field alley.
The Commodores answered back in their first frame.
Ryan Klosterman led off with a double to left field.
He took third on a passed ball and scored on an infield
hit by Cesar Nicolas.
The Blue Raiders jumped ahead 3-1 in the second inning
when Owen ran into control problems. Brett Carroll was
hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jaggers and Marcus
Taylor followed with back-to-back walks to load the
bases with no outs. Owen got the next battter, Troy
Harp, to ground into a double play that brought home
Carroll from third base. Beachum followed with an infield
hit to third base that scored Jaggers and gave MTSU
a two-run lead.
Middle Tennessee added some cushion in the eighth when
Carroll doubled to center field and scored on a double
by Jaggers to make the score 4-2.
Like the Blue Radiers, the Commodores stranded 10 runners
on base. VU left the bases loaded in the second inning
and could not take advantage of back-to-back walks to
start the third. John Kaye was thrown out attempting
to steal home in the fifth and Nicolas was stranded
at second base after leading off the seventh with a
Nicolas was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored for
Vanderbilt. Cooper was 3-for-4 with a run scored and
Jaggers was 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored for
Tuesday's paid attendance of 1,588 marks Vanderbilt's
seventh consecutive crowd of at least 1,100 fans - a
Hawkins Field record.
Despite losing six of their last eight, Vanderbilt
battles for its first berth in the Southeastern Conference
Tournament since 1996 this weekend when its plays host
to Tennessee. The three-game series that concludes the
regular season begins Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday's game
starts at 6 p.m., and will be televised by Comcast Sports
Southeast. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Commodores are in fourth place in the SEC Eastern
Division; two games behind second-place Tennessee. Third-place
Florida leads Vanderbilt by a half-game. The top two
teams in the SEC Eastern Division and the Western Division,
as well as the next four teams with the best conference
win percentage, advance to next week's league tournament
in Birmingham, Ala.