"I wanted to see the ball up in the zone and get some air under it so Gil could score on a sacrifice fly," Jones said. "This year I've been seeing a lot of balls out of the zone so I have to be a lot more selective with what I swing at."
Junior Ryan Rote picked up his first win as a Commodore in his third appearance this season going .2 innings and striking out one. Matt Buschmann worked 1.2 innings in relief giving up two hits and numbering three strikeouts and one walk. Ryan Mullins started the contest and pitched 7.2 innings giving up four hits and two runs (both earned) with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Rote came into the game in the tenth inning with one out and after Purdue's Mitch Hilligoss reached base on a walk. Rote then struck out Mitch Koester and Jonathan Douillard threw Hiligoss out at second on a steal attempt to retire the side.
"I just rode the effort by Ryan Mullins and Matt Buschmann," Rote said. "That's what a closer is supposed to do. This was a tight game. We knew they would be the best competition we saw this weekend. You have to use the adrenaline to your advantage and stay within yourself."
After five scoreless innings, Purdue scored a run in the top of the sixth when Rob Brockel scored on a single by Mike Coles. Brockel reached base on a walk, advanced to second on a fielder's choice and moved to third on a wild pitch by Mullins.
The Commodores tied the game in their half of the inning with a run from Aaron Garza. Garza reached base on a walk, advanced to second on a balk by Brian Karpel and advanced to third on an error by Koester. Garza beat out the throw from centerfield on a sacrifice fly by Antoan Richardson to tie the game at one.
The Boilermakers took the lead in the eighth inning when Koester hit a solo homerun to left field with two away. The Commodores answered again when Garza scored his second run of the game on a Jones single down the right field line.
In the 10th inning, Douillard drew a walk and Kim entered the game as a pinch runner. With one away, Ryan Klosterman drew a walk and Richardson was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases for Jones, who leads the Commodores with 20 RBI. Jones took two big swings, fouled one pitch and drew four balls from Dan Sattler to walk in the decisive run for the Commodores.
"It was power versus power," Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin said. "Warner took two aggressive hacks and then saw four balls out of the zone. That might not have happened last year with Warner. He's a good hitter and right now he is seeing the ball very well."
The Commodores, who have outscored their opponents 67-18, are now 7-0 following their first extra-inning game of the season.
"They (Purdue) are a very well-coached team and we knew that coming in," Corbin said. "We needed a game like this because we hadn't played any close games and we will have more of these this season."
Vanderbilt hits the road for the first time this season when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky - the site of Vanderbilt's perfect game last season. Gametime is 3 pm. The Commodores host Cincinnati next weekend in a three-game series at Hawkins Field.
SCORING SUMMARY: Purdue 000 001 010 0 – 2 6 1 Vanderbilt 000 001 010 1 – 3 6 0WP: Ryan Rote (1-0)
LP: Dan Sattler (0-1)
Time of Game: 2:29