Vanderbilt rallies past Georgia, 11-3

NASHVILLE ­­-- Matt Meingasner's two-run double rallied Vanderbilt from a 2-1 deficit en route to a 11-3 win over Georgia Sunday afternoon in front of 2,083 fans at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores captured the series with the win and improved to 25-12 overall and 10-5 in the SEC. The Bulldogs fell to 22-13 and 6-9 in conference play.

"We pitched well at the end today and played good defense all weekend," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "We didn't make an error and had 31 hits in three games, not bad for a young group that is still finding their way."

Shortstop Dominic de la Osa had a career day at the plate with seven RBI, including a grand-slam homer in the eighth that put the game away.

"Today I was relaxed," said de la Osa. "I think the other days I was a little anxious at the plate and swinging at the first pitch every time."

Vanderbilt trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, when Ryan Davis reached on an error and moved to third on a hit and run single by Alex Feinberg. Meingasner then delivered the double down the left field line that plated both runners to give the Commodores a 3-2 lead. He would also score on a double to left-center by de la Osa.

The Bulldogs had a bases loaded scoring threat with one out in the sixth, but reliever Casey Weathers struck out the next two batters to end it.

"To me the Weathers strikeout was huge as it changed the momentum of the game," said Corbin. "Getting the momentum back deflated them a bit and then the grand-slam put the game away."

The Commodores extended the lead to 7-2 in the seventh with another three-run frame, highlighted by Dominic de la Osa's two-run double to left field.

Jonathan Wyatt hit a RBI single in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-3 and have runners at the corners with two outs before reliever Cameron Betourne got Bobby Pelmy to foul out to third on his first offering.

Walks to Ryan Davis and Matt Meingasner and a base hit by David Macias loaded the bases for de la Osa's grand-slam, his fifth round-tripper of the year.

Matt Buschmann (4-3) struck out eight and allowed two runs in 6.1 innings to pick up the win in his return to action after missing his last start due to injury.

Trevor Holder (2-2) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings of work.

Joey Side staked Georgia to a 1-0 lead in the first with a leadoff homer off of Buschmann.

Vanderbilt tied it in the bottom half on a groundout by Dominic de la Osa that allowed David Macias to score from third.

Josh Morris' RBI single in the third put the Bulldogs back on top 2-1.

Vanderbilt will start a four-game road swing on Tuesday against Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. in Murfreesboro. The Commodores will then take on SEC West leader Alabama next weekend in Tuscaloosa.

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Holder, McDaniel (7), Moreau (8) and Jacobs. Buschmann, Weathers (7), Betourne (8), Rhoden and Robin. W- Buschmann 4-3, L- Holder 2-2. SV- None. HR- UGA: Side (5). VU: de la Osa (5).


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