Vanderbilt downs Michigan, 5-2

ATLANTA- Senior righthander Matt Buschmann pitched a complete game to lead Vanderbilt to a 5-2 win over Michigan in the first game of the Atlanta Regional Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Vanderbilt next faces the winner of the Georgia Tech-Stetson game.

"Obviously (Matt) Buschmann was very good," said VU head coach Tim Corbin. "The seventh, eighth and ninth innings, he really got the job done. We were about to pull him before the ninth, but he wouldn't let us. Offensively, we had a few big hits, but we could never break the game open."

Buschmann (6-4) gave up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in his third complete game of the year.

"I really wanted to finish the game," said Buschmann. "When I felt good in the seventh, that gave me the confidence to say to myself, I can finish the game so we can save our pen for the rest of the tournament."

"He pitched really well," said Michigan head coach Rich Maloney. "To his credit he did what he had to do. He used both sides of the plate, had the ball running in on the right-handers and had the breaking pitch."

The Commodores (37-25) will play the winner of the Stetson/Georgia Tech game tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET, with the winner of that contest advancing to the regional championship on Sunday.

The Wolverines (42-20) will play the loser of the above contest tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, with the loser of that contest eliminated from the tourney.

The Commodores jumped out to a fast start in the first as David Macias and Pedro Alvarez both walked to lead off the frame. Ryan Flaherty's sacrifice bunt advanced them to second and third, before Brian Hernandez hit a RBI groundout to third to give VU a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines came right back and tied the game in the second on a RBI single up the middle by third baseman A.J. Scheidt.

Ryan Davis' two-run homer in the second put the Commodores back on top by a 3-1 score.

Scheidt's RBI double in the fourth cut the VU lead to 3-2.

Solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Brian Hernandez in the fifth pushed the lead to 5-2. It was Alvarez' 20th of the year and set a new single season homer record at Vanderbilt.

Hernandez and Davis led the Commodores with two RBI, while Scheidt led the Wolverines with two hits and two RBI.

"Buschmann is a good pitcher; he was able to keep us off-balance," said Scheidt. "His fastballs were tailing in on the right-handed hitters and he had a good slider and changeup."

Michigan     010 100 000-260
Vanderbilt   120 010 00x-560

Putnam, Taylor (2) and Kunkel. Buschmann and Hernandez. W-Buschmann 6-4, L- Putnam 6-2. Sv-. HR- VU: Ryan Davis (3), Alvarez (20), Hernandez (3)

Game Notes: Buschmann's seven innings pitched is a new high in the postseason, besting a 6.2 inning outing against Virginia on June 6, 2004. He is 2-0 in two starts all-time in the postseason. His nine-inning complete game ties him with two others for the longest outing in the postseason … The Commodores three homers today is a new high in NCAA tourney games (VU had one against George Mason (June 4, 2004) … VU is now 4-1 in NCAA opening round contests … Pedro Alvarez' homer extended his hit streak to eight games … Shea Robin's base hit in the second extended his hit streak to six games … Vanderbilt is now 7-8 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 17-19 against Michigan in the all-time series.

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