Baseball: Four pitchers combine for perfect game
Jensen Lewis (VU AD)
Jensen Lewis (VU AD)

Posted May 7, 2003


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 Towns.

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 Warner Jones.

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 p.m. ET.

  Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky
           May 06, 2003 at Bowling Green, Ky. (Denes Field)

Vanderbilt 4 (23-23)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Ryan Klosterman ss........  4  0  0  0    0  0  1  3 
John Kaye lf..............  4  0  2  0    0  0  2  0 
 Matt Zeller cf............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Cesar Nicolas 1b..........  4  0  0  0    0  1  7  1 
Warner Jones cf/lf........  4  1  1  0    0  0  5  0 
Tony Mansolino 3b.........  3  2  2  2    1  1  1  0 
Mickey Kropf dh...........  3  0  0  0    1  0  0  0 
 Gil Kim pr................ 0  1  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Jeff Boutwell rf..........  2  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Worth Scott ph/rf......... 2  0  1  2    0  0  0  0 
Jonathan Douillard c......  4  0  1  0    0  0  8  1 
Rucker Taylor 2b..........  3  0  1  0    0  0  2  1 
Jensen Lewis p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
 Nick Pilkington p......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 John Scott p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Matt Buschmann p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0 
Totals.................... 33  4  8  4    2  2 27  7 


Western Kentucky 0 (24-20)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Vallejo, Rafael cf........  3  0  0  0    0  0  2  0 
Johnston, Matt 2b.........  3  0  0  0    0  0  1  5 
Towns, Antone rf..........  2  0  0  0    0  1  1  0 
 Keesling, Trevor ph/lf.... 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Miller, Brent dh..........  2  0  0  0    0  2  0  0 
 Ransdell, Matt ph......... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0 
Gunning, Matt 1b..........  3  0  0  0    0  1 15  0 
Grogan, Tim 3b............  3  0  0  0    0  1  0  4 
Brown, Travis ss..........  3  0  0  0    0  1  2  5 
Bearden, Kevin c..........  2  0  0  0    0  0  2  0 
 Robinson, Matt ph......... 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Lower, David lf/rf........  3  0  0  0    0  2  4  0 
Roiberg, Igor p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  2 
 Wilhite, Matt p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Totals.................... 27  0  0  0    0  9 27 16 



Score by innings:                      R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Vanderbilt            000 200 002   -  4  8  0
Western Kentucky      000 000 000   -  0  0  1
----------------------------------------------

E - Keesling. 
DP - Western Ky. 2. LOB - Vanderbilt 4. 
2B - Scott, W.. 
HR - Mansolino. 

Vanderbilt             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Jensen Lewis........  5.0   0   0   0   0   6  15 15 
Nick Pilkington.....  1.0   0   0   0   0   1   3  3 
John Scott..........  1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3  3 
Matt Buschmann......  2.0   0   0   0   0   2   6  6 


Western Kentucky       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Roiberg, Igor.......  6.0   6   2   2   0   1  22 22 
Wilhite, Matt.......  3.0   2   2   2   2   1  11 13 



Win - Lewis 3-5.  Loss - Roiberg 1-3.  Save - Buschmann (4).
Umpires - Home:Brian Donnelly  1st:Johnny Carraro  
Start: 6:01   Time: 1:53   Attendance: 277

Game Notes:
Vanderbilt records its first perfect game in school history and its first  
no hitter since Doug Wessel vs. Belmont (4/19/71).                         

PLAY BY PLAY

Vanderbilt inning 1

  Klosterman grounded out to 2b (0-1).  Kaye singled through the right side
  (1-0).  Nicolas flied out to rf (0-2).  Jones grounded out to p (1-1).  0
  runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 1

  Vallejo grounded out to ss (0-1).  Johnston grounded out to p (1-0).  Towns
  struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,
  0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 2

  Mansolino singled to center field (0-0).  Kropf grounded into double play ss
  to 2b to 1b (0-0); Mansolino out on the play.  Boutwell flied out to lf
  (1-2).  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 2

  Miller struck out swinging (2-2).  Gunning struck out swinging (1-2). 
  Grogan flied out to cf (0-1).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 3

  Douillard singled to right center (1-0).  Taylor flied out to lf (3-2). 
  Klosterman popped up to ss (0-0).  Kaye grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-2).
   0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 3

  Brown grounded out to ss (0-0).  Bearden grounded out to ss (2-2).  Lower
  struck out looking (2-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 4

  Nicolas flied out to cf (1-2).  Jones singled to right center (2-1). 
  Mansolino homered to left field, 2 RBI (1-0); Jones scored.  Kropf grounded
  out to p (2-1).  Boutwell grounded out to 3b (0-0).  2 runs, 2 hits, 0
  errors, 0 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 4

  Vallejo popped up to 3b (1-1).  Johnston grounded out to 2b (0-1).  Towns popped up to 2b (2-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 5

  Douillard grounded out to ss (1-1).  Taylor grounded out to ss (3-2). 
  Klosterman flied out to lf to left center (2-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,
  0 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 5

  Miller struck out swinging (1-2).  Gunning flied out to cf (0-0).  Grogan
  struck out swinging (1-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 6

  Kaye singled up the middle (1-1).  Nicolas struck out looking (2-2).  Jones
  grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (0-0); Kaye out on the play.  0
  runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 6

  Pilkington to p for Lewis.  Brown struck out swinging (0-2).  Bearden flied
  out to cf (3-2).  Lower flied out to lf (0-0).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
  LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 7

  Wilhite, Ma to p for Roiberg.  Mansolino struck out looking (1-2).  Kropf
  grounded out to 2b (1-0).  Scott, W. pinch hit for Boutwell.  Scott, W.
  grounded out to 2b (1-1).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 7

  Scott, W. to rf.  Scott, J. to p for Pilkington.  Vallejo popped up to 2b
  (1-1).  Johnston flied out to cf (3-0).  Keesling pinch hit for Towns. 
  Keesling flied out to lf (2-1).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 8

  Keesling to lf.  Lower to rf.  Douillard grounded out to 3b (3-0).  Taylor
  singled to right center (1-1).  Klosterman grounded out to 3b (1-0); Taylor
  advanced to second.  Kaye flied out to cf (2-2).  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1
  LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 8

  Buschmann to p for Scott, J..  Ransdell pinch hit for Miller.  Ransdell
  struck out swinging (2-2).  Gunning out at first 1b to p (1-1).  Grogan
  fouled out to ss (1-0).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt inning 9

  Nicolas flied out to rf to right center (1-1).  Jones grounded out to 3b (0-0).  Mansolino walked (3-2).  Kropf walked (3-2); Mansolino advanced to
  second.  Kim pinch ran for Kropf.  Scott, W. doubled to left center,
  advanced to third on a fielding error by lf, 2 RBI (1-1); Kim scored;
  Mansolino scored.  Douillard grounded out to ss (0-0).  2 runs, 1 hit, 1
  error, 1 LOB.

Western Kentucky inning 9

  Zeller to cf for Kaye.  Jones to lf.  Brown flied out to lf (2-1).  Robinson
  pinch hit for Bearden.  Robinson fouled out to 1b (1-0).  Lower struck out
  swinging (3-2).  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.




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