Baseball: Vanderbilt survives Sunday

After losing to Louisville on Saturday, Vanderbilt needed to win two on Sunday to keep their season alive. The Commodores responded to the challenge with two convincing victories over Illinois State and Louisville.


Richie Goodenow pitches two-hit shutout in the win.

LOUISVILLE­­-- Junior southpaw Richie Goodenow, in his first start of the year and just the second start in 68 career outings, held Louisville to only two hits and faced just two over the minimum to lead Vanderbilt to a 7-0 win Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Louisville Regional.

For the second straight year, the Commodores (44-18) will force a second championship game against the Cardinals (50-13) Monday night at 5 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. ET, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Goodenow was outstanding, throwing a career high nine innings that bested his previous high of 4.2 innings set against Oklahoma State in the sixth game of the year. He allowed just two hits, while striking out five and walking two to improve to 3-1 on the year.

"Richie's performance today was as good as what I've seen maybe in 28 years of coaching," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "The importance of it, the fact that he was down in the bullpen for most of the game, the fact that he's never pitched a game that long since he's been at Vanderbilt. He pitched two over the minimum. There's not much more you can say about it."

Vanderbilt held a narrow 1-0 lead for Goodenow heading into the bottom of the fifth before exploding for five two-out runs in the frame to extend the lead to 6-0.

Curt Casali led off the fifth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Yastrzemski. After a strikeout, Louisville starter Justin Amlung walked Brian Harris and Anthony Gomez to load the bases. The Cards went to the bullpen and brought on southpaw Bob Revesz to face Aaron Westlake in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. Westlake hit a single to right to score a run and then Esposito added a two-run single to make it 4-0. Andrew Giobbi capped off the inning with a two-RBI single up the middle.

"Yeah, it's been a struggle this year obviously with lefties," said Westlake of the matchup with Revesz. "They come in throwing the slider, but working with all the coaches, it's progressing. Now I take on the challenge, I'm more confident and more comfortable every day with it."

The Dores added another run in the eighth on a RBI single by Curt Casali to make it 7-0.

Westlake led the team with three hits, while Esposito, Giobbi and Casali each had two in the win.

Amlung gave up four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings to take the loss to drop to 5-2 on the year.

The Commodores got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Aaron Westlake led off with a single, moved to third on a hit and run single by Jason Esposito and scored on a double play grounder to short by Joe Loftus.

"It's who wants it more," said Esposito when asked about tomorrow night's game. "Both teams are going to come out and swing the bats, both teams are going to pitch and both teams are going to play defense. It's going to come down to heart tomorrow and who wants it more, and the better team's going to win."
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Amlung, Revesz (5), Mathis (6), Shaw (8) and Arnold. Goodenow and Giobbi. W- Goodenow 3-1, L- Amlung 5-2. Sv- None.


Commodores advance to championship round against Louisville.

LOUISVILLE­­, Ky.--- Vanderbilt broke open a 5-4 game with five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Illinois State 10-4 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game at the NCAA Louisville Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Commodores improved to 43-18 overall and advanced to the championship round against Louisville for the second straight year. The Redbirds season ended at 32-24.

Aaron Westlake sparked the five-run ninth with a three-run homer to right-center, his second of the tourney and his 14th of the season. Joe Loftus added a RBI double and VU scored another run on the seventh error of the game by the Redbirds to make it 10-4.

The Commodores got on the board in the top of the first when Anthony Gomez reached on an error, stole second and third, and then scored on groundout to first by Aaron Westlake.

Vanderbilt added three runs in the third on just one hit, taking advantage of ISU pitcher Ryan Camp's ineffectiveness. He walked Aaron Westlake and Jason Esposito and hit Joe Loftus to load the bases. Andrew Giobbi hit a fielder's choice grounder to short to bring in a run. Curt Casali then hit a sacrifice fly RBI to left for another run. Mike Yastrzemski then lined a RBI triple to right center to score Giobbi to make it 4-0.

The Commodores added another run in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Curt Casali.

Camp (4-6) allowed five runs, three earned, on three hits in 3.2 innings with seven walks and no strikeouts.

The Redbirds got on the board in the fourth taking advantage of two walks before Zach Amrein doubled to right-center to score a run. ISU added another on Chad Hinshaw's sacrifice fly RBI to center.

ISU came up with two more runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4. Kevin Tokarski walked to lead off the inning, ending the day for VU starter Jack Armstrong. Will Clinard came on and got Ty Wiesemeyer to ground out to third and then struck out Matt Mirabal. Anthony Ruffolo then singled up the middle to score Tokarski. Ruffolo then scored on Ryan Court's infield single to third that Jason Esposito fielded and threw wide of first.

Drew Hayes got the Commodores out of a first and third situation with no outs in the sixth to keep the 5-4 lead. Brett Kay popped up a bunt attempt foul for the first out and Hayes struck out Tokarski for the second out. The runner at first stole second on the strikeout and the Redbirds had the go ahead run in scoring position. Ty Wiesemeyer then hit a slow roller to third that Esposito tried to field but was interfered with by the runner at second. Third base umpire Mike Grace called the runner out due to interference to end the inning.

Hayes continued his strong late season season surge with 2.2 innings of no-hit scoreless relief with three strikeouts and a walk. He has now thrown 8.2 innings of scoreless relief in his last six outings.

Will Clinard allowed one unearned run on four hits in an inning of relief with two strikeouts to pick up the win to move to 4-0. Chase Reid pitched the final 1.1 innings of one-hit scoreless relief to notch his third save of the year.
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Armstrong, Clinard (5), Hayes (6), Reid (8) and Fann, Giobbi. Camp, Sajewich (4), Verbecke (8), Copeland (9) and Mirabal. W- Clinard 4-0, L- Camp 4-6. Sv- HR: VU: Westlake (14)

Vanderbilt pitcher Richie Goodenow throws during the first inning of their NCAA regional college baseball game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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