Vanderbilt Defeats Ohio, 13-4

Athens, Ohio – The Commodores scored six runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-4 lead and added three runs in the ninth in a 13-4 victory over Ohio University at Bob Wren Stadium Tuesday. Junior left-hander Ryan Mullins went 7.0 innings earning his sixth victory of the season (6-1). Senior right-hander Jeff Sues pitched two hitless innings to finish the game. Vanderbilt improved to 33-18, while Ohio owns a 24-22 record.

With two away in the first inning, Anthony Gressick hit a homerun over the centerfield wall giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

The Commodores answered with three runs in the top of the second. Warner Jones led off the inning with a standup double down the left field line and moved to third when Aaron Garza reached on an error by second baseman Dusty Hammond. Jones scored on a wild pitch by Andrew Shisila. Matt Zeller followed with a two-run homerun over the right field wall for a 3-1 Commodores lead.

The Bobcats tied the game in their half of the inning. Ohio began the second inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. Hammond hit a shot to Mullins on the mound who forced Jon Vondrell out at home. Mullins then threw a wild pitch scoring Brian Colopy and Brian White when the ball rolled to the front of the Ohio dugout.

The Commodores took the lead back in the third inning. Mike Baxter reached base when he was hit by a pitch and stole second. Brian Hernandez singled to left centerfield driving in Baxter for a 4-3 VU lead.

The Bobcats tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth inning when White hit an RBI single to centerfield scoring Vondrell who singled up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Colopy.

Vanderbilt took the lead for good in the sixth inning with six runs. Jones outran a throw from shortstop for an infield hit and moved to second on a single by de la Osa. Both advanced a base on a passed ball. Garza hit the game-winning RBI single through the right side scoring Jones to take the lead, 5-4. Daniel Weiss entered the game replacing Isaacs. Zeller hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring de la Osa. Hawkins took the first pitch to right field moving Garza to third. Alex Feinberg hit a ground out to shortstop scoring Garza. David Macias – who started in centerfield - hit a shot to shallow left field that popped out of a diving left fielder's glove scoring Hawkins. Baxter hit a single to right field on a hit-and-run moving Macius to third. Hernandez singled to right field but advanced to third when the ball rolled to the fence on an error by Sabatini scoring Macius and Baxter. Yale Silverman replaced Weiss and retired the side.

The Commodores added three runs in the ninth inning with runs by Shea Robin, Warner Jones and Rucker Taylor.

Five Ohio pitchers saw action in the game giving up 13 hits.

Mullins gave up four runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Sues went the final 2.0 innings and did not allow a hit while striking out one and walking one.

Macias, Hernandez, Jones and Hawkins each totaled two hits.

Ty Davis is on the mound for the Commodores Wednesday against the Bobcats.

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