Baseball: Vanderbilt 1, Middle Tennessee 0

On Tuesday the Commodores traveled to Reese Smith Jr. Field to face instate rival Middle Tennessee State Raiders. It was another fine pitching performance by T.J. Percoraro who pitched five innings, gave up two hits, struck out four batters and gave up zero runs.

Kevin Ziomek, Jack Armstrong, Corey Williams and Navery Moore tossed a scoreless inning each to hold the Blue Raiders to just three total hits on the night.

In the bottom of the third, a single by Ryan Ford followed by a walk by Johnny Thomas put runners on first and second. Vandy may have gotten a little help from the wind when a deep sacrifice fly by Hank LaRue which advanced Ford nearly cleared the right field wall. Commodore stunner Pecoraro followed it up with a groundout by Guidry to get out of the inning.

Vandy's small ball game struck a sour note in the fourth after Aaron Westlake and Jason Esposito singled followed by a sacrifice bunt by Yastrzemski that advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Casali was then hit by a pitch which loaded the bases for Reynolds, whose bunt turned into a 2-5 double play to end the inning with runners stranded.

Vandy's only run of the day came in the sixth off Matt Drake. A Gomez single, which extended his streak to 29 games, accompanied by a wild pitch to advance him to second set up a Mike Yastrzemski double to drive Gomez home with two outs. It would be all Vandy needed on the night after another solid pitching presentation by the Commodore bullpen.

The 'Dores faced another scoring threat in the ninth after a lead off walk by Will Skinner followed by a sacrifice bunt by Hunter Dawson. A ground out by Trent Miller advanced Skinner to third. Moore ended the game with a flyout by Jorden Rorex to left to end the game.

Next up for the Commodores (31-3) is a trip to defending champion South Carolina this weekend with Friday's game scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, Saturday at 6 p.m. CT and Sunday at noon. The Gamecocks 26-6 are coming off a 2-0 loss to The Citadel. The winner of this series will be in at least a tie for the top spot in the SEC East. Saturday's game will be televised on CSS and Sunday's on ESPN2.
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Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 8 0
MTSU       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 1

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