A five run fifth inning blew the game wide open for the Commodores as they eventually would go on to win game one over Central Arkansas, 10-5.
Trailing 3-1 early, Vanderbilt busted out in the 5th beginning with a Stephen Scott double to left, followed by a two run single by designated hitter Reed Hayes to tie the game at 3-3, then the inning was capped off by Ethan Paul knocking the ball up the middle to bring the score to 6-3. Vanderbilt would not look back from here on out.
Senior catcher Jason Delay put the exclamation point on the game in the 7th inning with his first home run of the season and a three run shot that put the Commodores up 9-3. Delay matched a career high on Tuesday night with a total of four RBI's.
Newcomer Reed Hayes might have been the star of the night. He went 3-3 at the plate with 3 RBI's and even came into the 9th inning on the mound to close things down.
UCA would add a few more runs late to bring the final score to 10-5. The Vanderbilt bullpen did an admirable job of keeping things steady in relief of starting pitcher Maddux Conger. The sophomore right hander had some struggles on Tuesday pitching 4.2 innings, striking out two hitters, while walking five and giving up three earned runs. It was Conger's worse performance thus far on the season but he was helped by bullpen, especially Zach King.
The Tennessee native came into the 5th inning and shut down UCA. The freshman pitched three innings, striking out three guys while allowing no runs. King picked up his first career win with his work out of the bullpen and continues to improve as the season goes along.
Vanderbilt and Central Arkansas return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch set for 4:00 pm Central. Vanderbilt will go with sophomore Chandler Day on the mound today.