Baseball: Dores top Ball State, 7-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Jensen Lewis allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday and earned his third victory in as many starts as #13 Vanderbilt defeated Ball State 7-1 at Charles Hawkins Field.

The Commodores scored all but two of their runs during a five-run fifth inning, which included a two-run triple by first baseman Mike Baxter. With the victory the Commodores remained undefeated (9-0) and moved within one game of equaling the best start in program history. VU won its first 10 in 1998. It also opened with nine straight victories in 1987.

Lewis, a junior righthander from Cincinnati, recorded his 150th career strikeout when he set down the game's first two batters. He finshed with nine strikeouts and one walk. He also hit one batter. For the season he has allowed nine hits and struck out 26 in 19 2/3 innings.

Ball State (4-3) got a second-inning single from junior third baseman C.J. Webb but went 15 batters before its next hit. Lewis allowed seventh-inning singles to Webb and Kyle Dygert but ended the threat and his afternoon with a strikeout and a ground ball.

Sophomore lefthander Stephen Shao pitched the final two innings and allowed Ball State's only run on an infield single by Brian Meyer with two out in the ninth. Shao allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one.

Bill Kleinschrodt's fifth-inning single broke a scoreless tie and matched the Commodores' highest-scoring inning of the season. Freshman shortstop Dominic De La Osa led off with a double and scored on the hit by Kleinschrodt, a sophomore outfielder. Aaron Garza, Alex Feinberg and Warner Jones all singled before Baxter's triple. Baxter scored the final run of the inning when the next batter, Brian Hernandez, doubled.

De La Osa, from Coral Gables, Fla., led off the sixth with his second home run of the season and was one of four Commodores with multiple hits. Baxter was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Jones was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Hernandez was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Matt Zeller capped the scoring with a single in the bottom of the eighth that brought home senior third baseman Tony Mansolino, who walked and then stole second and third.

Vanderbilt and Ball State conclude their three-game series 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Field.

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