Commodores Advance!

LOUISVILLE-- It was an amazing comeback weekend for Vanderbilt. After loss to Louisville on Saturday the Commodores battled back and won three straight games including a 3-2 victory tonight over the Cardinals. Vanderbilt will now play Florida State in a best of three series next weekend for the right to advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

A Connor Harrell bunt in the bottom of the tenth scored Curt Casali to give the Commodores the victory.

Taylor Hill picked up the victory after pitching only one inning in the 10th. Vanderbilt also got an outstanding pitching effort from lefty Grayson Garvin who pitched six innings allowing only 3 hits and one earned run. Chase Reid pitched the 7th inning and gave up no hits or runs. Sonny Gray, who threw almost 100 pitches on Saturday, came in the game during the eighth inning and gave up four hits and a run before Hill was summoned.

A Curt Casali single scored Joe Loftus in the fourth. In the seventh inning Stewart Ijames' sacrifice grounder scored Ryan Wright to tie the game at 1-1. However, in the bottom of the seventh Jason Esposito's single scored Brian Harris to put Vanderbilt back on top, 2-1.

In the ninth the No. 7 ranked Cardinals again tied the score when catcher Jeff Arnold's single allowed Ijames to score another run.

During the tenth, Vanderbilt's Casali was hit by a pitch. Freshman Mike Yastrzemski adanced Casali to third with a single to right field. Harrell then made the bunt that brought home Casali.

During the ninth Vanderbilt's Brian Harris broke the NCAA record for times hit-by-pitch.

Vanderbilt improves to 45-18 while Louisville falls to 50-13. Vanderbilt will advance to their second Super Regional appearance in their history. They will face 45-17 Florida State. The No. 1 seeded Seminoles won the Norwich Regional by defeating Oregon 5-3 on Sunday.
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Vanderbilt's Curt Casali leaps after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Monday, June 7, 2010. Vanderbilt won 3-2. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) Top Stories