Vanderbilt dropped the three game finale on Sunday to Texas A&M 6-4 but the Commodores won the series and moved their overall record to 16-9 overall and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
The Aggies took game three behind a good starting pitching performance from Corbin Martin. The junior right hander kept the Commodore bats in check the majority of the game while also receiving help from his offense.
Vanderbilt junior Collin Snider made a spot start in replacement of Drake Fellows and took the loss after pitching three plus innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out three. A three run homer from Aggies outfielder George Janca in the third inning blew the game open and put A&M in the lead for good.
The Commodores would keep the game close throughout, chipping away inning by inning. They pushed across a single run in the 4th but could of had more after leaving the inning with the bases loaded.
Vanderbilt would bring the game to within two in the 5th inning after a double from Jason Delay but the Aggies would gain the run right back in the top half of the 6th. Every time Vanderbilt would inch closer, A&M would push right back and maintain their lead advantage.
The Aggie pitching staff did a solid job on Sunday of working out of jams and keeping the Commodore hitters off balance. Vanderbilt struck out 12 times at the plate and was only able to generate seven hits in the game. They did receive a multi hit day from outfielder Jeren Kendall. It's not seven games in a row that Kendall has put together a multi hit game and that's a great sign for the Vanderbilt offense going forward.
Vanderbilt would score two runs in the 8th inning to bring the game to within two but the Aggies would close things down in the 9th to win game three. Texas A&M was able to salvage the series by winning their first SEC game of the 2017 season. Kaylor Chaffin picked up the win for A&M, working three plus innings out of the bullpen.
The Commodores return to the diamond and return to First Tennessee ballpark on Tuesday night as they are set to face off with Lipscomb. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm Central.