The offensive performance of Meingasner, Vanderbilt's left fielder, was more than enough offense for the Commodores pitching staff, which held Alabama to two runs and three hits. The Crimson Tide lost its third straight Southeastern Conference game and third straight SEC series.
Alabama has managed only two runs and six hits in the series this weekend in Nashville, but has had chances to win both games.
"We are not swinging the bats very well right now," a frustrated Bama Coach Jim Wells said following the loss. "We have not put good swings on good pitches in a long, long time. It's very frustrating."
Vanderbilt starter, freshman left-hander Mike Minor (5-0) held the Crimson Tide to two unearned runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings for his fifth win of the season. The Vandy bullpen, consisting of Cody Crowell and Casey Weathers, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to seal the win.
Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez and designated hitter Dominic de la Osa swatted back-to-back, two-out home runs to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. It was Alvarez's 11th home run of the season, while de la Osa hit his seventh of the year.
The Commodores made it 3-0 in the fourth inning when catcher Shea Robin drew a leadoff walk and scored on Meingasner's two-out double.
Alabama snapped its 15-inning scoreless streak with two runs on two hits and two Vandy errors to narrow the margin to 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning.
Senior left fielder Brandon Belcher reached on an error by Vandy first baseman Brad French to open the inning and moved to second on Emeel Salem's one-out single through the left side of the infield. After a double steal of second and third, Belcher then trotted home on catcher Shea Robin's throwing error.
Matthes followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners and Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
Vandy starter Mike Minor left the game after the Tide loaded the bases and was replaced by Crowell. Rhoden followed with an RBI ground out and Bentley ended the inning with a ground out as Crowell preserved the lead.
"We had the bases loaded and 2-0 count and we hit a ground ball to third base," Wells said. "Again, we had a shot, we just did not come through. We were able to stay in the game. It was a winnable game. Vanderbilt's pitching is outstanding. It is very hard to win a college baseball game without scoring runs."
A two-out walk cost the Crimson Tide a run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Commodores stretched its lead to 4-2 to chase starter Bernard Robert.
Ryan Flaherty reached on leadoff single and moved into scoring position when Ryan Davis drew a two-out walk. Meingasner followed with an RBI single to left to extend the lead and chase Robert.
Robert allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Josh Copeland replaced Robert and stranded two base runners when first baseman Matt Bentley made a nice play on Brad French sharp grounded down the line to end the inning.
Crowell worked two scoreless innings and Weathers added 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his third save as the Commodores clinched the series win.
The two teams will wrap up this three-game series Sunday, April 8 with 1 p.m. (CDT) game at Hawkins Field. Alabama will send sophomore right-hander Austin Hyatt (2-1, 1.96 ERA) for his second career start and first SEC. Vanderbilt will counter with sophomore Nick Christiani (5-2, 3.92 ERA).
*Alabama has managed just four runs and 11 hits in its last three games.
*During its last four games, Alabama is 1-for-29 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-7 with the bases loaded. Alabama has not had an RBI hit since the fifth inning against LSU April 1, a span of 31 2/3 innings.
*The Crimson Tide juggled it batting order significantly for Saturday's game at Vanderbilt. Only four players -- sophomore RF Kent Matthes (4th), sophomore C Ryan Rhoden (6th), junior 1B Matt Bentley (7th) and senior SS Greg Paiml (9th) -- hit in their usual spots in the order against Mike Minor.
*Senior center fielder Emeel Salem (Mountain Brook) dropped to third in the batting order for today's game with Vanderbilt, marking the first time in his career he has hit third in the batting order. Salem has been the Tide's leadoff hitter 140 times in his 170-game career.
*Senior left fielder Brandon Belcher (Ruston, La.) moved from eighth to to the leadoff spot on Saturday, marking just the fifth time in his career he has hit first in the batting order. Belcher went 0-for-5 in the loss and saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end.
*Sophomore DH Alex Avila (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) batted eighth in the order for the first time in his career.
*Vandy's Pedro Alvarez and Dominic de la Osa hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, marking the first time since May 22, 2005 when Auburn's Josh Bell and Karl Amonite hit back-to-back home runs against T.J. Large in the final game of the regular season.
*Senior right-hander Bernard Robert (Denham Springs, La.) added his sixth pickoff of the season when he erased Vandy center fielder David Macias at first base with one out in the third inning. Robert leads all SEC pitchers with those six pickoffs, including three in the last two games.
*Both bullpens combined for six scoreless innings Saturday afternoon. Alabama's Josh Copeland (0.1 IP, 1 BB) and Will Stroup (2 IP, 4 H, 1 K) had 2 1/3 scoreless frames. Vanderbilt's Cody Crowell (2.0 IP, BB, K) and Casey Weathers (1.2, 2 BB, 2 K) added 3 2/3 scoreless innings.