Baseball: Vanderbilt beats Pitt, 2-1

NASHVILLE ­­-- Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh were locked in a pitchers duel for 12 innings, before the Commodores plated the game-winning run on a balk and won by a 2-1 score in front of 823 fans in the first game of the Music City Classic Friday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Junior Matt Meingasner led off the inning with a walk off of Pitt reliever Kyle Landis and then advanced to second on a balk. Centerfielder David Macias then bunted Meingasner to third. With two outs, Landis was trying to intentionally walk first baseman Ryan Flaherty but did not come to a complete stop before throwing home and balked in the game winning run.

VU improved to 3-2 on the year, while Pittsburgh fell to 2-3 overall.

"We will take the win and I think we deserved it from a pitching standpoint," said head coach Tim Corbin.

Vanderbilt starter David Price and Pitt starter Billy Muldowney both pitched superb ballgames for their clubs.

Price allowed one run on four hits in six innings of action with nine strikeouts and one walk. Muldowney did not allow a run on two hits in seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and three walks.

"I just tried to keep us in the ballgame and give us a chance to win," said Price.

Reliever Ty Davis (1-1) pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit scoreless ball to pick up the win, while Landis (0-1) was charged with the loss.

"It's two good outings in a row for Ty," said Corbin. "He came in and closed the door and threw a lot of strikes. I am proud of him and I think he has come into his own."

Rucker Taylor, Flaherty, Adam Cronk and Macias all had hits for the Commodores. Second baseman Jim Negrych led the Panthers with three hits on the afternoon.

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on a RBI single by Negrych off of Price. The Commodores rallied in the eighth to tie the game when Ryan Flaherty hit a RBI double over the Pitt rightfielder's head, allowing David Macias, who reached on an infield single, to score.

"The kids are trying and they know they aren't hitting right now, but at some point it is going to happen," said Corbin. "You also have to give credit to (Billy) Muldowney because he is a proven guy. He knows what he is doing and I thought he pitched a heck of a game. His fastball was good and he mixed his pitches very well tonight."

Vanderbilt will play Kent State in its second game of the Music City Classic tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. The Golden Flashes defeated Lipscomb 13-2 on Friday and are 1-3 on the year. Sophomore southpaw Cody Crowell is slated to start for the Commodores.

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Bi. Muldowney, Cicatello (8), Bassage (10), Landis (11). Price, Rhoden (7), Shao (8), Davis (9) and Hernandez. W- Davis 1-1, L- Landis 0-1. SV- None. HR- None.


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