Baseball: U-M Advances Past No. 1 Vanderbilt

Michigan second baseman Kevin Cislo's two-out single in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Wolverines baseball team to a 4-3 win over Vanderbilt, the nations top team, on Saturday night at Hawkins Field in Nashville, TN. Nate Recknagel added three more runs batted in for the Wolverines in the victory. Starting pitcher Mike Wilson went 7.1 innings allowing just three earned runs against.

After dispatching of No. 3 seed Memphis on Friday, the second-seeded Wolverines upset the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Vanderbilt, 4-3 in the late hours of Saturday night to move within a single win of the Wolverines first trip past the regional round since a birth in the 1984 College World Series.

As was the case on Friday, the Wolverines fell behind first in Saturday's contest. After trading scoreless innings through the first four frames, VU jumped on top of Michigan with a solo home run from Parker Hanks.

Like the night before, however, it didn't take long for the Wolverines to answer back. In the top half of the next inning, the maize and blue quickly loaded the bases with nobody out. Vanderbilt pitcher Mike Minor attempted to pitch his way out of the inning by striking out Brad Roblin, but, for the second time in as many days, Recknagel cleared the bases, this time with a double, to put Michigan on top 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Michigan pitcher Mike Wilson almost gave the runs back in the bottom of the inning. After Ryan Flaherty reached base with an infield single, the Commodores runner advanced to third base with just one out courtesy of a wild pitch and a passed ball. Unlike in the top half of the inning, though, the pitcher recovered with a strikeout and a pop out to escape the inning.

Vanderbilt moved a runner to third base again in the bottom of the seventh inning, but this time Wilson shut the door with a strike out to move the Wolverines within six outs of the upset victory.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Commodores were finally successful at knotting the score 3-3. With one out and a runner on first, Vanderbilt left fielder Matt Meingasner fired a rocket over the left center field fence.

However, as has been the case all tournament, the Wolverines answered back, this time to send Vanderbilt packing. Adam Abraham opened the top of the ninth with a single up the middle. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, Abraham scored the winning run on Cislo's infield single.

After scoring the game-winning run, Abraham moved from third base to the pitchers mound to record the save for the Wolverines.

With the win, the No. 2 seed Wolverines advance to the final round of the Regional Tournament to face the winner of the Austin Peay vs. Vanderbilt game scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. As the last team undefeated in the regional, the Wolverines would have to win just one of two games to advance to the NCAA Super-Regional.

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