Baseball: VU takes series with 6-1 win

NASHVILLE ­­-- Cody Crowell pitched seven strong innings and Vanderbilt took advantage of seven walks and four balks to defeat Ball State 6-1 in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Crowell (1-0) scattered seven hits over seven innings of work and allowed only a run while striking out five. Tyler Rhoden threw two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.

"Cody did a good job today and holding Ball State to only a run was important," said head coach Tim Corbin. "Tyler did a solid job coming in and closing out the game. It's tough for him to be very sharp because he hasn't pitched a lot, but he is a guy that is really going to help us."

Vanderbilt captured the series and improved to 6-5 on the year, while Ball State fell to 2-6.

The Commodores took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly RBI by shortstop Dominic de la Osa.

VU added two more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-0. Parker Hanks led off the frame with a double to left and scored on Brian Hernandez' double to left-center. Hernandez moved to third on a balk and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Meingasner.

The Cardinals got on the board in the seventh on a RBI groundout by shortstop Matt Gard.

The Commodores plated three more runs in the eighth to put the game away. Two of the runs came via balks by BSU reliever Richie Fralick, while the other run came on a bases loaded walk to Ryan Davis.

Parker Hanks led Vanderbilt with two hits, while Kyle Dygert and Justin Rogers paced the Cardinals with two hits each.

"We were more patient at the plate today but offensively we are still not where we want to be yet," said Corbin. "We were better yesterday, but today we had some chances to blow some innings open and we didn't get it done."

Vanderbilt will be back in action on Tuesday as Creighton visits for a single game starting at 4 p.m. at Hawkins Field. The Commodores will then host Brown next weekend in a three-game series.

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DeGeeter, Fralick (6) and Singleton. Crowell, Rhoden (8) and Hernandez. W- Crowell 1-0, L- DeGeeter 0-2. SV- Rhoden (1). HR- None, .

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