Nashville, Tenn. (VUAD)– No. 7 Vanderbilt battled back from an early deficit to beat No. 19 Kentucky…
Baseball: Vanderbilt 5, Mississippi State 1
The Vandy offense got things going in the seventh with back-to-back singles from Bryan Reynolds and Wiel to open the frame. After Wiel stole third, Rhett Wiseman placed a perfect safety squeeze bunt down the first baseline to score the first run of the game. The Dores tacked on two more in the eighth when Ro Coleman and Xavier Turner singled and came around to score. Vanderbilt put the game away in the ninth with two more runs on three hits. John Norwood singled and stole second before moving to third on Coleman's second single of the game. Turner drove in the run and reached on error by the third baseman. Coleman capped the rally with heads up base running, scoring from second base on a ball the Mississippi State defense attempted to turn a double play on.
Carson Fulmer entered in the bottom of the seventh after Ferguson issued a leadoff walk. Fulmer left the runner at first base, retiring the first three batters he faced. The only blemish over Fulmer's three innings was a leadoff walk in the eighth that came around to score on a sacrifice fly. The right-hander fanned four to record his team-best seventh save.
Reynolds led the way for the Dores with three hits in the win with Coleman and Turner chipping in two hits apiece. The Bulldogs were held to just two hits in the game with Gavin Collins collecting two of the three.
The Commodores return to action Tuesday night at Hawkins Field against Belmont. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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