The Golden Eagles headed down from Cookeville on Tuesday night prepared to take it at the state's top program in the Vanderbilt Commodores. Even though they had to sit and wait through an almost hour long rain delay, Tennessee Tech (26-9) did just that by dominating on the mound and eventually winning the mid-week match-up, 5-2.
Tech's pitching staff was outstanding as they held the Commodore hitters scoreless through eight innings along with keeping them off balance at the plate with off speed pitches and a command of the strike zone.
Golden Eagle's starter Ty King worked into the 4th until giving way to the bullpen. A collected effort from King, Devin Lancaster, who picked up the win and closer Ethan Roberts, stiffled the Commodores offense and would help the team pick up their 26th win of the season. Tech's pitching staff held Vanderbilt to four total hits while striking out nine. The Commodores offense was missing in action on Tuesday night but it was done by a good pitching staff that could help get the rest of their into the NCAA Tournament.
Vanderbilt (21-13) would show a slight sign of hope in the eighth inning when outfielder Stephen Scott reached on an error and scored after Julian Infante doubled to the outfield. Freshman Alex Brewer knocked in 1st career RBI when he grounded out but it scored sophomore Alonzo Jones from 3rd base.
That would be the end of the scoring as Vanderbilt would put two guys on base against Roberts in 9th but the Golden Eagles closer would strike out Jeren Kendall to end the game. A lack of offense, a long rain delay and a pitching performance from Chandler Day, that was honestly a mixed bag between good and bad but all were factors towards the Commodores defeat.
Day (5-1) lost for the first time this year going four plus innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. When Tech saw the ball, they hit but when they didn't, Day blew them away. In only 4.1 innings of work, Day struck out nine hitters while only walking one. He would give way to the bullpen and five different pitchers but the offense couldn't generate enough hits or runs to help the pitching staff.
Vanderbilt has a quick turn around as the Florida Gators come to town for a three game set, beginning on Thursday evening. Game one is set to start at 8:00 pm Central and it will be aired on ESPNU.