Vandy rallies past Miami (Ohio)

TEMPE, AZ-- David Macias' two-run single in the bottom of the ninth capped a three run rally in the inning to give the Commodores (2-1) a 4-3 victory over the Redhawks of Miami (OH) in the DeMarini Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

"It was a nice comeback, I had a feeling we were in for one of those type games," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "I don't think we got going until the sixth or seventh inning. We really didn't swing the bats well at all. We got beat with one pitch that was kind of tough to see."

The Redhawks got on the board in the top of the first when Evan Armitage led of the game with a walk and was advanced to third on a single by Jon Edginton. Tommy Nurre would drive Armitage home on an RBI groundout to shortstop. The next batter, Chris Nadeau, drew a walk, but with runners at the corners and two out Vanderbilt starting pitcher Nick Christiani struck out Josh Hula to end the threat.

The game would remain 1-0 until the top of the fourth when the Redhawks would get two runs, one on a throwing error by center fielder Macias after a Blake Chaffee single and another on a double by Adam Eaton that scored Chaffee.

Vanderbilt got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI line out by Macias that scored Shea Robin who led off the inning with a double.

Vandy would enter the bottom of the ninth inning down 3-1. Second baseman Alex Feinberg led of the inning with a single up the middle. The next batter, Robin, walked to give the Commodores runners at first and second with nobody out. Parker Hanks would then lay down a bunt single that would score Feinberg on a throwing error by Redhawks pitcher Bobby Oberschlake. The Redhawks would then intentionally walk Brad French to load the bases bringing Macias to the plate who ended the game with a two-run single down the left field line.

Christiani pitched five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and five strikeouts on his way to a no decision. Chase Reid (1-0) got the win by pitching four scoreless innings with three hits, five strikeouts and two walks.

The Commodores will play their home opener on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Evansville.


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