Vandy salvages the third game against MSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt freshman Jeremy Sowers tossed a seven-hit, complete-game shutout Sunday afternoon as the Commodores (19-20, 4-15) blanked Mississippi State (27-16-1) 4-0 in the final game of a three-game series at Hawkins Field. The game was suspended for two hours and 44 minutes in the second inning by a thunderstorm.

Sowers (4-5) was in command throughout, striking out eight, walking one and allowing just two Bulldog base runners to reach second base in the game. The shutout ended a run of 109 MSU games of scoring at least one run, a streak dating back to a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame in the 2000 NCAA Starkville Regional.

Vanderbilt broke open a close battle with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to salvage a win in the series finale and snap an 11-game SEC losing skid.

Chris Broadus went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs. MSU starter Joey Collums (3-4), gave up a walk, hit a batter and an RBI double to Broadus in the fourth inning.

Jacob Blakeney replaced Collums in the fifth and shut out Vandy through the seventh. But in the eighth Tony Mansolino opened the inning with a double to right-center field. Cesar Nicolas was hit by a pitch and Sean Luellwitz followed with a single to center field that loaded the bases. Scott Shapiro walked with the bases loaded to score a run, ending Blakeney's mound stint. With Jonathan Papelbon on in relief, Vandy got a sacrifice fly from Chris Broadus and a run scoring single off the glove of rightfielder Enrico Jones to expand the lead to 4-0.

The Bulldogs out-hit Vanderbilt 7-6, getting a pair of singles from left fielder Michael Brown.

Mississippi State returns to action at Dudy Noble Field Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m., opening a three-game SEC series against Eastern Division rival Florida (32-16, 13-8 SEC).

MSU (27-16-1, 11-9 SEC) 000 000 000 - 0-7-0
VU (19-20, 4-15 SEC) 000 100 03x - 4-6-0
WP - Jeremy Sowers (4-5). LP - Joey Collums (3-4) T - 2:26 (Game suspended in the second inning for two hours, 44 minutes due to rain). ATT - 609.

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