The victory moved the Commodores (44-17) within one game of advancing to the NCAA Super Regional round. Vanderbilt will play its next game Sunday at 5 p.m. ET against the winner of Sunday's 1 p.m. Princeton-Virginia elimination game. The Tigers (28-19) will face a Cavalier squad (43-14) that ended George Mason's season with a 7-2 win earlier Saturday.
On Saturday, Vanderbilt rewrote its limited record book for NCAA tournament games in several categories. Scott's productivity at the plate set the school record for hits (four) and RBI (four) in an NCAA Tournament contest. Mullins joined Jeff Peeples as the only two Commodores to register a complete game in the NCAA Tournament. Commodore shortstop Ryan Klosterman, who posted numerous dazzling defensive plays at shortstop against the Tigers, notched six assists for a record school mark.
"(Ryan) Klosterman continues to play very, very good baseball on the defensive side of things as well as offensively," Corbin added. "He has been very consistent all year making great plays, and just takes away some hits which could turn the course of the game."
After striking out three of the first six Princeton batters he faced, Mullins (9-2) surrendered only one extra base hit during the game and did not allow a Tiger runner into scoring position after the fourth inning.
"This is the second week in a row that I really thought he (Mullins) pitched remarkably well," Head Coach Tim Corbin said. "He had a lot of command and basically was able to shut down the hitters."
Princeton starter Gavin Fabian (4-3) gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits without a strikeout in 5-1/3 innings.
The Commodores scored eight runs after the fifth inning to increase a 3-1 lead over Princeton. Vanderbilt scored three times in the sixth frame, on a bases-loaded two-run single by Scott and an RBI groundout by Jonathan Douillard.
The lead grew to 7-1 in the eighth when Scott knocked in Baxter from second with a two-out double to left field.
A fielding error by Princeton third baseman Sal Iacono paved the way for four additional Commodore runs in the ninth. After Iacono's miscue allowed Antoan Richardson to score, Vanderbilt scored again when pinch hitter Matt Zeller was plunked with the bases loaded by a pitch from Tiger reliever Worth Lumry. Tony Mansolino and Douillard later hit RBI singles in the inning to give the Commodores their final margin of victory.
Vanderbilt grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a two-out run-scoring single by Scott that brought in Baxter from third base.
The Commodores loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning and scored twice on a throwing error by Princeton right fielder Andrew Salini. Cesar Nicolas gave Vanderbilt a 2-0 advantage when his sacrifice fly to right field scored Klosterman from third base. Richardson also scored from second on the play, when Salini's throw to third base escaped into the Princeton dugout. Richardson, who was tagging from second base on the play, was awarded home plate.
Scott helped spark a three-run sixth inning that gave Vanderbilt a 6-1 cushion. His bases-loaded single to right center scored Nicolas and Garza. Douillard followed with a run-scoring groundout that plated Mansolino.
"I like the way we swung the bats," Corbin said. "Worth Scott had a great night, and I just thought we were able to put some pressure on (Princeton). The game wasn't out of hand until late, but we put some pressure on them early and increased the margin for ourself."
Princeton scored its only run of the game in the fourth inning when Tim Lahey doubled along the right field foul line to score Salini from first base.
Princeton had earned the opportunity to face Vanderbilt on Saturday after defeating Virginia, 4-2, earlier in the morning. The Tigers-Cavaliers opening-round contest, originally scheduled for Friday evening, was postponed due to rain.
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