Trailing 4-3 heading into their final at bat, the Commodores took advantage of a couple of breaks in the top of the ninth. John Prothro led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. The Commodores' next batter, Chris Broadus attempted to sacrifice Prothro to second base but reached safely when Governors' reliever Klint Pommel committed an error fielding the ball. Worth Scott then legged out an infield hit to load the bases with no outs.
Vanderhoff stepped to the plate and delivered a single to center field that scored Prothro and Broadus to give Vanderbilt a 5-4 lead. Nonemaker followed with a grounder to second base that forced Vanderhoff out at second, but scored Scott from third base to make the scored 6-4.
Austin Peay did not go easily in its half of the ninth. After Marcus Pearson reached first base on a fielding error by pitcher Dean Bennett, Chris Hyde and A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases with one out. Travis Beech then hit a fielder's choice to second base that forced out Ellis at second, but scored Pearson from third base to move the Governors within a 6-5 score with two outs. But Bennett coaxed the next batter, Ben Fuller, to pop out to Sean Luellwitz at first base to end the game.
Bennett (1-0) registered his first win of the season, pitching the final 3.1 innings of the game. He gave up one hit and one earned run to go along with three walks and three strike outs. Freshman Jeff Sues made his first collegiate start on the mound for Vanderbilt. He registered a solid outing, giving up seven hits and three earned runs to go along with four walks and two strike outs in a career-high 5.2 innings of work.
Pommel (1-1) took the loss for Austin Peay, giving up three hits and two earned runs with a strike out.
Derrick Dunbar gave Austin Peay a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning with a two-RBI double into center field.
Vanderbilt took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on a RBI single by Prothro and a two-RBI double to left field by Broadus who finished the day 3-for-3. Prothro, Vanderhoff and Nonemaker each recorded two hits.
Austin Peay tied the score at 3-3 in the sixth on a RBI single by Fuller. The Governors took a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Dunbar hit a RBI single to right field. Ellis led all Governors at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance.
The Commodores return to Hawkins Field this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against No. 7 South Carolina. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday's game starts at 2 p.m. First pitch for the series finale on Sunday is 1 p.m.
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