Baseball: Vanderbilt 7, Missouri 6

Hoover, Ala. – No. 9 Vanderbilt flexed its muscles Wednesday afternoon in a 7-6 comeback win over Missouri in the SEC Tournament at the Hoover Met.

The Commodores (40-17) entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing Missouri (30-27) 6-2 with Vandy’s lone runs coming on a two-run Dansby Swanson home run in the first inning. Jeren Kendall started the comeback with a two-run homer of his own in the seventh inning, belting it out to right field. Swanson struck again in the eighth with this second home run of the game, bouncing a ball off the top of the fence and into the Mizzou bullpen to bring he Dores within a run.
The Tigers called on closer Breckin Williams in the ninth inning and the right-hander quickly recorded two outs before walking pinch hitter Nolan Rogers. The Commodores sent a second straight pinch hitter to the plate in Penn Murfee. The freshman delivered a solid single to center field that Mizzou center field Jake Ring misplayed off his leg with the ball ricocheting into left-center field to allow Rogers to race home from first and tie the game. Williams escaped the inning without further damage but a shutdown inning followed from freshmen Jordan Sheffield and Kyle Wright to put the Dores back at the plate in the bottom of the 10th with a chance to win it.
Rhett Wiseman wasted little time leading off the inning, hitting a towering fly ball deep to center field that landed just out of reach of a leaping Ring to give the Commodores their sixth walk-off win of the season and season-best fourth home run of the game. Vanderbilt rallied for five runs over the final four innings to complete the comeback and advance in the winner’s bracket.
Swanson led the way with his second multi-home run game in his last six games, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Wright picked up the victory after entering in the 10th and striking out both batters he faced. Sheffield was solid out of the pen with five scoreless innings. The right-hander fanned four and allowed only a single.
Williams took the loss for the Tigers giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits. Ryan Howard had three hits to pace the Mizzou offense.
The Commodores advance to take on No. 7 Texas A&M tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on SEC Network. Carson Fulmer gets the ball for the Dores.

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