Vandy threatened to blow the game open in the seventh when the first three batters of the inning all reached base. Gomez scored a run on a wild pitch that also put runners at second and third base with no outs but the Tigers bullpen responded with a groundout and two strikeouts to end the threat. The Commodores kept the pressure on, scoring two more runs in the eighth to take a 6-1 lead. Kemp walked with one out and stole second, one of the Dores' five stolen bases on the night, and again came around to score on a Gomez base hit this one a double into the left-center field gap. Gregor scored Gomez with a single to left one batter later.
LSU (39-12, 17-9) attempted to get back in the game scoring twice in the eighth but Will Clinard worked out of a jam in the eighth then turned in a scoreless ninth to notch his third save of the season.
Sam Selman (8-3) was strong over five-plus innings giving up just one run on four hits and four walks to go along with five strikeouts. The left-hander picked up an inning-ending double play to end the first inning then used a strike out, caught stealing double play to end the fifth inning. LSU starter Aaron Nola (6-3) was pinned with the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
The win clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament for Vanderbilt and was the team's third win against a Top 5 team this season.
The Commodores and Tigers will decide the series tomorrow afternoon with game time scheduled for 1 p.m. on FSN. Vandy turns to freshman Tyler Beede (1-4) with the Tigers sending Ryan Eades (5-2) to the hill. For ticket information visit vucommodores.com or call 615.322.GOLD.
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