Baseball: Vanderbilt sweeps Ball State, 4-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Buschmann and Jeff Sues combined for a five-hit shutout leading No. 13 Vanderbilt to a 4-0 victory and three-game sweep over Ball State Sunday at Hawkins Field. The Commodores improved to 10-0 which matched a school record best start to a season. Vanderbilt started the 1998 season 10-0 before falling to Samford in the 11th game.

The shutout marked the first for Ball State in 110 consecutive games dating back to March 13, 2003, when the Cardinals were defeated at North Carolina, 12-0. The Commodores won their second home series of the season and 12th under Head Coach Tim Corbin holding Ball State to just three runs. The three runs are the lowest run total in a three-game series for the Cardinals under Head Coach Greg Beals (three seasons). The previous low was six last season at #4 Miami.

Buschmann scattered four hits in six innings and struck out three and walked one for his second win of the season. Sues earned his first save of the season going 3.0 innings giving up just one hit and striking out four.

The Commodores scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. After three scoreless innings, Tony Mansolino drove in Mike Baxter who singled and moved to second after Brian Hernandez drew a walk. With two away in the fifth inning, Matt Zeller scored on an Alex Feinberg single to centerfield. Vanderbilt added two runs in the sixth inning for the 4-0 score. Baxter led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second and moved to third on a balk by Kory Bucklew.

Dominic De La Osa was hit by a pitch and Baxter scored when BSU's catcher Matt Singleton's throw on De La Osa's steal attempt was off the mark.

Vanderbilt totaled eight hits in the contest led by Baxter and Mansolino with two each. Baxter also stole two bases. Mansolino and Baxter led the Commodores in hitting for the series. Mansolino was 6-11, including a double and four RBI. Baxter went 5-10, including a triple and a home run, with four runs scored and four RBI. The Commodore pitching staff gave up three runs on 22 hits, struck out 26, walked only four and owned a team ERA of 1.0.

Vanderbilt hosts Oakland Monday (March 7) at 4 pm at Hawkins Field. The game was added to the schedule last week and admission is FREE.


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