Baseball: VU beats Tennessee Tech, 9-5

NASHVILLE ­­-- Vanderbilt scored seven runs in the second inning en route to a 9-5 win over Tennessee Tech in the Commodores home opener Wednesday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Vanderbilt improved to 2-2 on the year, while Tennessee Tech fell to 0-4 overall.

The Commodores opened the second with three consecutive singles, followed by a two-run double by rightfielder Parker Hanks. Catcher Brian Hernandez had a three-run double and Shea Robin a RBI single to close out the seven-run frame.

Hernandez was pleased with the way the offense came out today after a tough opening weekend.

"Over the weekend and away from home, I think we were out of our comfort zone a little bit," Hernandez said. "I think we had a lot of young guys coming in and playing immediately as opposed to last year. I think it was mostly nerves and coming back here to familiar settings and having played three games already, I believe helped us out today."

Tech came back with three runs in the third to cut the lead to 7-3, before Vanderbilt tallied two more in the bottom half to extend the lead to 9-3. Centerfielder David Macias had a RBI triple in the frame and finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Parker Hanks and Shea Robin also had two hits to lead the Vandy offensive attack.

Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin liked that the team was able to score early.

"I hope it gives us a little bit of confidence, but it's only the fourth game of the season," said Corbin. "The situation today was really miserable for both teams, but we scored nine runs early which carried us through. I wish we could have hit a little better after the fourth inning, but we didn't. We just have to keep working and practicing hard."

Tennessee Tech scored a run in both to fifth and sixth innings to cut the lead to 9-5, but that was the closest they would get.

Freshman righthander Nick Christiani (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless baseball. He was the first of eight pitchers the Commodores used in a predetermined rotation. Freshman righthanders Brett Jacobson and Josh Zeid pitched a scoreless inning each as did sophomores Ty Davis and David Price. Price closed the game out by striking out the side on just 10 pitches.

"I like the way Christiani bounced back from a tough outing in California and threw two solid innings," said Corbin. "I also liked the way Josh Zeid threw strikes and I thought Ty Davis was pretty good. I really liked the way David (Price) finished out as he also bounced back from a rough outing in LA."

Vanderbilt will be back in action this weekend in the Music City Classic. The Commodores will take on Pittsburgh on Friday at 4 p.m. and will then face Kent State on Saturday at 2 p.m., before closing out the Classic against Kansas on Sunday at noon.

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