Christiani improved to 6-3 on the year with four strikeouts and two walks. It was his longest outing in the three tourney appearances, besting the four innings he recorded against Tennessee a year ago today on May 23, 2007.
"The story for us was Nick's pitching," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "He was able to control the middle part of their order for the most part and we didn't allow any freebies."
The Commodores struck for two runs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. VU took advantage of two hit batters and a base hit to load the bases when Ryan Flaherty singled up the middle to score two runs. SC shortstop Reese Havens stopped the ball from going into the outfield, but David Macias was still able to score the second run from second base.
Phil Disher's solo homer in the fourth, his 18th of the year, cut the deficit to 2-1.
VU added three runs in the sixth courtesy of a RBI triple by Alex Feinberg and a two-run homer by Pedro Alvarez to make it 7-1. It was Alvarez' eighth homer of the year and 48th of his career, moving him one homer shy of the school record of 49 set by Scotti Madison.
Disher's second homer of the day, a three-run shot in the eighth, capped off a four-run inning to cut the VU lead to 7-5. Richie Goodenow came on with one out in the frame and struck out DeAngelo Mack for the second out. Russell Brewer then struck out Parker Bangs to end the inning and closed out the ninth for his seventh save of the year. It ties him with Casey Weathers for the fifth most saves in school history.
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Cooper, Atwood (5), Todd (7) and Disher. Christiani, Reid (7), Goodenow (8), Brewer (8) and Robin. W-Christiani 6-3, L- Cooper 5-6. Sv- Brewer (7) HR: SC: Disher 2 (19) VU: Giobbi (3), Alvarez (8)