Vanderbilt was unable to get on the board until the seventh inning when third baseman Brian Harris single to right center to score first baseman Andrew Giobbi who had singled to lead off the inning.
The Commodores faced a 4-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the ninth on a cold, rainy day at Hawkins Field. Giobbi led of the inning with a single. Designated hitter Jonathan White then grounded out to first. Giobbi advanced to second on the play. Left fielder Parker Hanks then lined out to right field for the second out of the inning. That is when the Commodore offense came to life. The Flames brought Adam Worthington (0-1) in to pitch, and he walked Harris. Center fielder David Macias singled sown the left field line to score Giobbi. After a single by second baseman Alex Feinberg scored Harris, shortstop Ryan Flaherty ended the game with a two run single. Worthington finished the day with a pitching line of 1 walk, 3 hits and 3 runs without retiring a single Commodore batter.
The ninth inning rally by the Commodores spoiled a great outing from UIC starting pitcher Derrick Miramontes. Miramontes threw 6 1/3 innings and gave up just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5.
Vanderbilt got a solid outing from their starting pitcher Taylor Hill who has a 1.04 ERA on the season. Hill pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits, and 3 walks while striking out 7. Chase Reid pitched 2 innings allowing only 1 unearned run to pick up his second win of the season. He struck out 2. Reid has not allowed an earned run in 9 2/3 innings pitched on the season. Russell Brewer pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 2 runs.
Vanderbilt’s baseball game against Illinois-Chicago, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, has been postponed due to snow.
The teams will attempt to conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Whether it will be a doubleheader or single game has yet to be determined.