Dores knot series with 7-4 win over Ole Miss

Nashville, Tenn. – Mike Baxter and Warner Jones both hit home runs Saturday in Vanderbilt's 7-4 come-from-behind victory over #6 Ole Miss in front of a sellout crowd at Charles Hawkins Field. Jones' two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth put the Commodores in front to stay and Baxter's three-run blast in the seventh provided the winning margin. The Commodores had hit only one home run in their previous seven Southeastern Conference games this season (Jones at Miss State, March 18).

Vanderbilt trailed 3-0 after four innings. Sophomore Aaron Garza led off the fifth with a triple and scored when Rucker Taylor reached on a fielder's choice. Baxter singled through the right side scoring Richardson who reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Jones then took the first pitch from Stephen Head over the 35-foot left field wall for the 4-3 Commodore lead.

With one away in the seventh, Richardson walked and moved to second on a single by Taylor. Baxter took the first pitch from Head over the right field fence (bounced on 25th Avenue) for his fourth RBI of the game and fifth home run of the season.

The Rebels took a 3-0 lead with runs in the second, third and fourth innings, including a solo home run by Head. Ole Miss added one run in the eighth inning when Chris Coghlan reached on a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

Senior right hand reliever Jeff Sues earned his third win of the season (3-3) in relief of starter Ryan Mullins. Sues went 3.1 innings and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out four and walked two. Mullins went 4.1 innings in his first start since March 5 and gave up three runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three. Michael Wagner earned his first career save facing five batters in 1.1 innings. He did not allow a hit and struck out one. Cody Crowell faced one batter in the eighth before Wagner entered the game.

Stephen Head recorded his first loss of the season going 6.1 innings. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits, walked three and struck out six. Will Kline went 1.0 innings with two hits and Tommy Baumgardner recorded the final two outs giving up a walk.

A combined total of 23 players were left on base – 13 for Ole Miss and 10 for Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt tied the series at 1-1 and owns a 19-7 overall record, 4-4 in the SEC. Ole Miss is now 21-6, 5-3 in league play.

Freshman left-hander David Price is on the mound Sunday for the Commodores with Anthony Cupps (RHP) gets the start for Ole Miss. Gametime is 1 pm.


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