Hard-hitting Vanderbilt tops Stony Brook, 9-4

Mike Minor (VM/Don Yates)

Vanderbilt pounded out 16 hits including a combined 11 hits from Andrew Giobbi (5), Pedro Alvarez (3) and Steven Liddle (3) as the Commodores kept alive their NCAA title hopes while beating Stony Brook, 9-4. Mike Minor pitched 8 innings striking out 7 to pick up the postseason victory. UPDATE: Arizona State defeated Oklahoma, 15-3. Vanderbilt will play Oklahoma on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.

After a lackluster hitting performance against Oklahoma on Friday, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin shuffled his batting lineup, moving recently struggling third baseman Pedro Alvarez to the No. 2 hitting spot. The move worked great as Alvarez picked up 3 hits, including a big triple in the first to help Vandy get a 1-0 lead.

Vanderbilt added 2 more runs in the second to build a 2-0 lead. A triple and a double by Steven Liddle in the 6th and 7th innings respectively helped Vandy build a 9-1 seventh inning lead.

Stony Brook plated 3 runs in the 7th but it wasn't enough as Minor shut down the America East Champions in the eighth inning. Freshman Chase Reid finished off Stony Brook in the ninth to pick up the save.

Stony Brook executed a rare triple play in the second inning when Jonathan White's bunt was a short, fly ball. The pitcher, Gary Novakowski, made a diving catch and then threw to first to get Shea Robin out. The Stony first baseman then threw to second to get Giobbi out. Neither Commodore had tagged up as it appeared Novakowski would not be able to make the catch.

On Sunday Vanderbilt, 41-21, will face the winner of tonight's Arizona State-Oklahoma match up.

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