Baseball: Vanderbilt 5 South Carolina 4

HOOVER-- Vanderbilt got back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth inning from Aaron Westlake and Andrew Giobbi and then held on for dear life in the ninth to stun South Carolina, 5-4. Freshman pitcher Sonny Gray struck out 11 and walked just three in seven innings of work.

After South Carolina tied the score at four in the top of the ninth inning, Vanderbilt's Jonathan White was walked in a bases loaded situation to put Vandy back up by one run. White finished the night with three hits in four at backs in addition to the huge walk.

South Carolina loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with one out. However, relief pitcher Chase Reid came in and drew the final two outs to give the Commodores the victory.

During the early morning post-game press conference, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin talked about Jonathan Whites' recent improvement at the plate: "He had a great at-bat at the end of the game, which gave us the go-ahead run. To just get into the situation where we could work the count to 3-2 was great. The way he is using the field too is great. He's hitting balls up the middle, down the line, and off the wall. I'm just happy for him. He deserves it because he has really worked hard. He hasn't had alot to show for it until now."

Vanderbilt, which improved to 33-24, will now play Saturday at 10 a.m. (TV: FSN) against the winner of tomorrows Florida-Arkansas game. South Carolina (38-20) will face LSU tomorrow evening.
               
Vanderbilt     000 202 001 - 5(10)0 
South Carolina 001 100 020 - 4(11)2 

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