"It is good to get the win and end the four-game skid," said Vanderbilt assistant coach Erik Bakich.
Reliever Stephen Shao pitched 3.2 innings of two-hit scoreless relief to pick up his first win of the year. He struck out two and did not allow a walk in the effort. Casey Weathers closed out the game with an inning of scoreless relief.
Vanderbilt plated two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Matt Meingasner's double to the left field wall. The Dores added a run in the third on a Shea Robin double to make it 3-0.
Jacob Schroeder's two-run homer to left in the fourth cut the lead to 3-2.
Dominic de la Osa opened the fifth with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, over the leftfield wall to make it 4-2. The score remained that way until the bottom of the eighth, when VU added three more runs to put the game away. De la Osa added a RBI single in the inning to lead the way.
"There were some big at bats in the eighth with David Macias' bases loaded walk, de la Osa's single and Pedro (Alvarez) beating out a double play at first," said Bakich. "Those three insurance runs were huge because Austin Peay is capable of coming back and biting you in the end."
VU starter Nick Christiani gave up two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk. Michael Dunn (1-1) started for the Governors and gave up four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work with four walks and a strikeout in the losing effort.
Ryan Flaherty and de la Osa led the Commodores with two hits each, while Cody Youngblood, Jacob Crass and Jacob Schroeder led APSU with two hits each.
Vanderbilt will be back in SEC action this weekend as No. 13 Kentucky comes to town for a three-game series. The two teams will open play on Friday at 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Wildcats swept South Carolina over the weekend and will face Murray State in a doubleheader on Wednesday before facing the Commodores.
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Dunn, Wilshire (5), Gunter (8), Vicini (8) and Smith. Christiani, Shao (5), Weathers (9) and Robin. W- Shao 1-1, L- Dunn 1-1. SV- None. HR- APSU: Schroeder (3). VU: de la Osa (6).