NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt baseball workforce accomplished the comeback to defeat fourth-ranked Mississippi State, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Discipline. With the win, the Commodores take the collection and enhance to 31-7 on the season, together with a 13-5 in Southeastern Convention play.
Mississippi State carried a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning, earlier than the Vanderbilt offense got here alive throughout the center frames. The Commodores rallied for seven runs throughout the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to grab momentum en path to capturing its second consecutive weekend collection towards a top-five opponent.
After an early exit from starter Patrick Reilly, Chris McElvain supplied Vanderbilt with a stellar outing out of the bullpen to choose up his third win of the season and enhance to 3-0. McElvain labored a career-long 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, permitting 5 hits and two walks whereas choosing up 4 strikeouts.
Nick Maldonado earned his third save of the season, protecting the ultimate 3.1 innings. Maldonado held the Bulldogs hitless throughout the span, whereas placing out 4 batters within the effort.
For a 3rd consecutive day, Mississippi State scored within the first inning to seize an early lead. The leadoff man reached on a stroll earlier than advancing to 3rd on a failed pickoff transfer. After one other stroll positioned runners on the corners, an RBI double to left scored the primary run of the day to place the Bulldogs into the scoring column.
Mississippi State plated two extra within the body on a two-run single to left discipline to maneuver forward, 3-0, after a half inning of play.
The Bulldogs returned to the dish so as to add yet one more within the second on a solo residence run, pushing their result in 4-0.
Vanderbilt started to chop into the deficit with two runs within the fourth. Carter Younger started the body with a leadoff triple to heart discipline earlier than coming throughout to attain on an RBI groundout from Dominic Keegan.
Jack Bulger adopted up by reaching on a throwing error by the Bulldog third baseman and advancing to second. One batter later, CJ Rodriguez lined a single to proper discipline to attain Bulger and make it a 4-2 contest after 4 full.
The Commodores returned to the plate to place up a three-spot within the fifth and take the lead. Jayson Gonzalez reached on a one-out single earlier than Enrique Bradfield Jr. drew a four-pitch stroll to position runners on first and second. One batter later, Younger related on his tenth homer of the season with a three-run shot to proper discipline to position Vanderbilt in entrance, 5-4.
The Vandy offense stayed scorching with one other two-run body within the sixth to increase the hole. Parker Noland drew a leadoff stroll to start the inning earlier than Isaiah Thomas reached on a fielder’s selection to position runners on first and second.
After Cooper Davis superior each runners 90 toes with a sacrifice bunt, Bradfield drove residence a pair with a two-run single to left discipline to push Vanderbilt’s result in 7-4, the eventual last.
Younger and Gonzalez led the Commodore offense, every contributing two hits apiece. Younger added a team-high three RBI and two runs scored, whereas Bradfield completed with two RBI.
Vanderbilt will take the upcoming week off earlier than returning to motion subsequent weekend for its fourth street convention collection of the season. The Commodores will journey to Gainesville for a top-15 matchup with the Florida Gators. The 2 groups are set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch in Friday’s collection opener.