Vanderbilt just needed one inning of offense to defeat A&M 4-3 on Friday night and received it off a grand slam blast from pre-season All-American candidate outfielder Jeren Kendall.
The Aggies took the lead early off Vanderbilt starter Kyle Wright. Texas A&M scored one run in the 1st and two more in the 2nd to grab an early 3-0 lead over Vanderbilt. That lead didn't last too long as the Commodores came back in the bottom of the 2nd inning to take a lead that would eventually win them the game.
Outfielder Stephen Scott led off the bottom of the inning with a single to left field then was followed by a walk from Alonzo Jones. Freshman outfielder Harrison Ray worked the count to earn a walk himself, which loaded the bases for Kendall. The junior outfielder blasted the 1-2 pitch into the right field bleachers to clear the bases and give the Commodores a 4-3 advantage.
Everything became about pitching from hear on out. Wright was able to settle in and work through the Aggies lineup with much more ease. He would go five innings, striking out two until he gave way to freshman left hander Zack King.
King had another strong performance throwing two plus innings of no-hit baseball and mainly did a great job of keeping the Aggie hitters in check and maintaining the Commodores one run lead.
He would be replaced in the 8th inning by Reed Hayes and the Commodores closer would lock things down to pick up his 4th save of the season and earn th 4-3 victory over Texas A&M. It was a big win for Vanderbilt as they were only able to gather four hits on the evening but received strong pitching and one big blast that proved to be the difference in the game.
Vanderbilt and Texas A&M will continue their three game series on Saturday afternoon with Game two set to start at 12:30 pm Central. The Commodores will throw righty Patrick Raby while the Aggies will counter with Stephen Kolek.