Baseball: Kent St. 2 Vanderbilt 1

NASHVILLE-- Centerfielder Joe Tucker's RBI double in the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Kent State to a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt in the second game of the Music City Classic Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores (3-3) led 1-0 going into the eighth behind the solid pitching of Cody Crowell and Nick Christiani.

KSU (2-3) tied it in the eighth on a bloop RBI double by Jason Patton that fell in between third baseman Pedro Alvarez and leftfielder Matt Meingasner. With two outs in the ninth, shortstop Emmanuel Burris was hit by reliever Nick Christiani on a bunt attempt and then proceeded to steal second and third. Tucker then laced a double down the left field line to give Kent State the lead.

KSU starter Chad Wagler (1-1) went the distance allowing one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Crowell pitched 5.1 shutout innings and gave up just five hits with a walk and a strikeout in the no decision. Christiani (1-1) was charged with the loss after giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 3.2 innings of work.

"Our pitching is one element of the team that has done well for us thus far into the season," said head coach Tim Corbin. They have pitched well enough for us to have just one loss on the year. We just have to get better offensively and we will as the season progresses."

Vanderbilt took advantage of a two throwing errors by Emmanuel Burris in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.

Vanderbilt will play Kansas in the final game of the Music City Classic tomorrow afternoon at Noon. The Jayhawks (9-4) defeated Lipscomb 15-10 on Saturday and are 2-0 in the tournament. Senior righthander Matt Buschmann will start for the Commodores, while Kansas will counter with righthander Kodiak Quick.

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