Five-run ninth inning rally gets Vandy win, 6-5

Athens, Ga. – Antoan Richardson capped a five-run two-out rally in the top of the ninth inning Saturday when he scored on his own single to right field with Rucker Taylor at first to lead Vanderbilt to a 6-5 come-from-behind win against the Bulldogs at Foley Field. Richardson's line drive to right field got past a charging Bobby Felmy and rolled to the fence. Taylor and Richardson both came home on the play to put the Commodores ahead for the first time in the game.

Junior reliever Matt Buschmann pitched the final four innings of the contest allowing only two hits in his fourth win of the season.

Taylor reached on a single to centerfield scoring Brian Hernandez and David Macius to cut the lead to one, 5-4. Macius was a pinch runner for Carter Hawkins who pinch hit for lefty Stephen Shao against left-hander Will Startup. Hawkins singled and moved to second on a throwing error by third baseman Adam McDaniel enabling Warner Jones to score for a 5-2 UGA lead. Jones began the inning with a single up the middle. Shao scored the first Commodore run of the game when he hit a solo homerun over left centerfield in the fourth inning.

Vanderbilt starter Ryan Mullins went 5.0 innings giving up five runs (all earned) on eight hits. He struck out six and did not allow a walk. Buschmann entered the game in the sixth inning. With one away and runners on second and third, Buschman forced McDaniel to ground out and struck out Matthew Dunn to strand the Bulldog baserunners without scoring. Buschmann struck out five and did not allow a walk.

Bobby Felmy led off the game with a hard hit ball to the right side and stole second. Kyle Keen singled to centerfield on a hit-and-run scoring Felmy. Josh Morris collected his 38th RBI on the season when he hit a standup double down the left field line scoring Keen for a 2-0 Georgia lead.

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Felmy began the inning with a shot up the middle and moved to third on a ground out to shortstop by Keen. Morris hit his second standup double of the game – this time down the right field line – scoring Felmy for the three-run lead.

Shao hit the first pitch in the fourth over the left centerfield wall to put the Commodores on the board, 3-1. Derek Smith led off the Georgia fourth with a homerun in the same place.

Morris led off the sixth inning with his third double of the game and scored when Side hit a shot up the middle. Matt Buschmann replaced Ryan Mullins on the mound with no outs and a runner at first.

The Commodores collected 15 hits in the contest led by Hernandez with three. Taylor, Aaron Garza and Alex Feinberg each totaled two hits. The Commodores stranded 12 baserunners while the Bulldogs left five on base. Georgia committed two costly errors in the contest, both in the ninth inning.

Vanderbilt is now 30-15, 11-12 in the SEC, while Georgia owns a 24-21 record, 8-14 mark in the league.

With the win, the Commodores tied the series at 1-1 with the final game scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm ET. Freshman left-hander David Price is on the mound for the Commodores.


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