Sweeps Tennessee with Walk-Off Home Run to Advance to
First SEC Tournament Since 1996
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Worth Scott's walk-off two-run home
run along the line in right field gave Vanderbilt a
6-5 victory and series sweep of Tennessee to send the
Commodores to the Southeastern Conference Tournament
for the first time since 1996.
The victory, coupled with Kentucky's 7-5 upset of Florida
in Gainesville, gives Vanderbilt (27-26 overall, 14-16
SEC) second place in the SEC Eastern Division. It marks
the Commodores' highest finish in the league since the
SEC split into two divisions in 1992.
Tennessee (31-24, 13-17 SEC) was eliminated from SEC
Tournament consideration with the loss.
The sweep of Tennessee is Vanderbilt's first since
1989 and marks the first time since 1996 that the Commodores
won four SEC series in a season.
Vanderbilt entered the ninth trailing 5-4. Warner Jones
hit a one-out single to left field. Jonathan Douillard
hit a ground ball to second base that could have ended
the game with a double play. But after UT shortstop
Brian Cleveland received the ball at second base, his
throw to first bounced well short of the bag, allowing
Douillard to reach first base. That set the stage for
Scott's dramatics. He took Luke Hochevar's (6-5) second
pitch and hit a towering shot that hugged inside the
right-field foul pole for the game-winner.
reliever Matt Buschmann (5-2) earned the win. He gave
up two hits and Tennessee's go-ahead run in the top
of the eight.
Vanderbilt starter Ryan Mullins limited the Volunteers
to eight hits, four runs (one earned) and a walk to
go along with six strikeouts.
Tennessee starter Brandon Crowe lasted three and two-thirds
innings. He gave up five hits, two runs (both earned),
a walk and a strikeout.
Jones led all VU hitters with three hits. Kaye, Douillard,
Scott and Matt Zeller posted two hits apiece.
Vanderbilt built a 2-0 lead after four innings. Cesar
Nicolas' sacrifice fly brought in Ryan Klosterman to
give VU a 1-0 lead in the third. Zeller hit a RBI single
to right field that scored Douillard for a 2-0 advantage
in the fourth.
Tennessee rallied for three runs in the fifth. Brian
Cleveland's sacrifice fly and Jordan Czarniecki's two-run
double gave the Vols a 3-2 lead.
The Commodores reclaimed the lead in the sixth. Simpson's
RBI ground out scored Zeller to tie the score at 3-3.
Klosterman followed with a solo home run, his fourth
long ball of the season to put VU ahead 4-3.
Czarniecki brought the Vols even in the seventh when
his double into the right-field alley scored Walter
Tennessee then captured a 5-4 advantage in the eighth
when pinch hitter Jimbo Watson smacked a single to right
field to plate Javi Herrera.
Sunday's crowd of 1,751 was Vanderbilt's fourth consecutive
sellout and set a Hawkins Field record for a three-game
SEC series with 5,185 fans.