Baseball: Vanderbilt 4 Pitt 3

NASHVILLE-- The number one ranked Vanderbilt baseball team improved its record to 8-0 with a less than impressive 4-3 victory over 0-4 Pittsburgh. The Commodores struggled early on as pitcher David Price gave up 5 early hits leading to a 3-0 deficit going into the bottom of the third inning.

Pitt's Nick Mullins had 2 hits and 2 RBIs to help the Panthers take the early lead. Price pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving striking out 10 batters but not having one of his better performances.

Vanderbilt rallied in the third and fourth inning to salvage a win.

David Macias got things started for the Commodores with a walk in the third. Pedro Alvarez's single got two men on base for Vandy. After a balk was called on Pitt pitcher Paul Nardozzi, Shea Robin's single scored both Alvarez and Macias to bring the home team to within one run at 3-2.

Vanderbilt continued its onslaught in the fourth as Jonathan White doubled down the first base line. Brad French's single advanced White to third. Kurt Lipton's hit scored White and knotted the game score at 3. David Macias' bunt advanced runners to second and third. A sacrifice groundout by Alex Feinberg scored the winning run by French.

In the ninth scrappy Pitt got two runners on base off a single and a batter hit-by-pitcher but reliever Casey Weathers held on to get the save for the Commodores. Weathers had 4 strikeouts in 2 innings of work. Ty Davis also saw some action during the seventh inning, giving up one hit to the Panthers.

Although Vanderbilt pounded out 12 hits, Commodore head coach Tim Corbin was not pleased with the team's hitting, "The bats looked slow, to be honest, we were getting beat by fastballs . . . the kid had a pretty good arm but we were tardy and we weren't making very good adjustments at the plate. The 12 hits were hollow, there was nothing behind them. We didn't piece anything together. I just thought it was not a very good showing offensively," said Corbin.

David Price (2-0) picked up the victory for Vanderbilt. Nardozzi (0-2) took the loss for Pitt.

Vanderbilt will take on Ball State tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second game of the Music City Classic.

Pittsburgh            012   000   000-3 7  0
Vanderbilt            002   200   00x-4 12 1

Photo by Stan Jones.


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