Vanderbilt forces decisive game

No. 3 Vanderbilt beat No. 1 Louisville 8-4 Sunday night to force a decisive regional championship game Monday night at 7 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Vanderbilt jumped on Louisville early in an 8-4 win Sunday night to force a decisive game Monday night with a berth in the Super Regional (likely at Cal-State Fullerton) at stake. The loss, Louisville's first of the 2009 NCAA regional, was also the second time the Cardinals fell to the Commodores this season.

"It was a frustrating night on our end," Dan McDonnell said. "I thought we got outplayed in every aspect of the game: pitching, hitting, and defense

"You have to give the credit to their hitters. It was a bad game on our part. You have to tip your hat to them. They played well and we didn't. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get ready to play a great game."

Vanderbilt jumped out to a commanding 5-1 lead after two innings. In the first inning, Vanderbilt got two hits with two outs against Louisville starter Bob Revez and scored their first run when John Dao couldn't get the ball out of his glove after a diving stop. After Phil Wunderlich tied the game 1-1 in the bottom one, two Cardinal errors led to a four run second inning for Vanderbilt, the Southeastern Conference Tournament champs.

Louisville never was able to mount any sort of rally after Vanderbilt's big second inning. Vanderbilt built an 8-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth and never looked back, though the Cardinals did score two runs in the sixth inning and one run in the eighth to make the final score 8-4.

Nick Christiani, Vandy's starter, allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings.


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