Baseball: VU tops Tennessee Tech

Vanderbilt wins first game in the newly completed $5.8 million Hawkins Field.

Cesar Nicolas's three run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Vanderbilt a 6-4 win over Tennessee Tech in both teams season openers. The home run soared over the new 35-foot wall at Charles Hawkins field. First baseman Sean Luellwitz garnered three hits for Vandy.

Vandy out hit the Golden Eagles 13-4. Jeff Sues picks up the win for the Commodores despite only pitching 2/3 of an inning. Jeff Little, Steven Faulkner and Chris Maultsby combined for seven innings pitched, giving up just two runs.

Since 1950, VU is 17-7 in season openers at home. Vanderbilt is now 8-1 in season home openers since 1990.

The Commodores wore a #41 stitched into their caps to honor former Vanderbilt alum and relief pitcher Mark Hindy who died in the tragic events at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Hindy played for Vanderbilt from 1992-95 and worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. The Dores will continue to wear #41 throughout the season.

The Commodores return to action Saturday and Sunday with 1 p.m. start times scheduled against visiting West Virginia.

Tennessee Tech...... 001 100 002 - 4 5  0
Vanderbilt.......... 000 120 003 - 6 13 0

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