Vanderbilt Takes Game 2 of Baseball Series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Left-hander Grayson Garvin limited LSU to one hit over seven innings Saturday and a four-run Vanderbilt sixth broke a 1-1 tie as the Commodores posted a 10-1 victory over the Tigers at Hawkins Field.
Third-ranked Vanderbilt improved to 34-5 overall, 13-4 in the SEC. LSU is 24-16 overall and 4-13 in conference play.
The series concludes at 2 p.m. CT Sunday. The game will be televised by ESPN2, and it can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. The broadcast will also be carried on satellite radio channels Sirius 122 and XM 143.
Sunday’s game may be viewed at www.ESPN3.com, and audio and live stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.
Garvin earned his eighth win in nine decisions, holding the Tigers to one run on five hits in seven innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.
The Commodores’ 13-hit attack was led by third baseman Jason Esposito, who had two hits and three RBI, and by designated hitter Conrad Gregor, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Garvin and LSU starter Kevin Gausman were embroiled in a 1-1 pitchers’ duel through five innings before Vanderbilt broke the game open with four runs in the sixth.
“It was a great game for the first five innings,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “but you have to give credit to the Vanderbilt hitters; they did a nice job of going the other way and stringing some hits together. The final score is not really indicative of the way the game was played; it got a little out of hand when we went to our bullpen.
“I don’t want our players to be discouraged. Their attitude has been remarkable throughout this season, and we’re going to keep fighting. As long as there’s life in our bodies, we’re going to play as hard as we can.”
The Commodores took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when rightfielder Mike Yastrzemski homered to left field off of Gausman to give Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead.
Vanderbilt erupted for four runs on six hits against Gausman in the sixth inning, sending 10 men to the plate. RBI singles by Esposito, catcher Curt Casali, Gregor and second baseman Riley Reynolds highlighted the rally for the Commodores.
Gregor’s two-run double in the seventh against reliever Tyler Jones extended Vanderbilt’s lead to 7-1. Gregor later scored when second baseman JaCoby Jones misplayed Reynolds’ grounder, increasing the advantage to 8-1.
Esposito added a two-run double in the eighth to account for the final score.
Vanderbilt 10, LSU 1 (Apr 23, 2011 at Nashville, Tenn.)
LSU……………….. 000 100 000 – 1 6 1 (24-16, 4-13 SEC)
Vanderbilt………. 010 004 32X – 10 12 1 (34-5, 13-4 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU – Kevin Gausman; Forrest Garrett(6); Kevin Berry(6); Tyler Jones(7); Chris Cotton(8) and Ty Ross; Jackson Slaid.
Vanderbilt – Grayson Garvin; Will Clinard(8) and Curt Casali; Drew Fann.
Win-Grayson Garvin(8-1) Loss-Kevin Gausman(2-5) T-2:50 A-3541
HR VU – Mike Yastrzemski (2).
Garrett faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Jones, T faced 2 batters in the 8th.