CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Ryan Flaherty hit his 11th homer of the year and Dominic de la Osa added his sixth as Vanderbilt held off Austin Peay late in a 9-8 win Tuesday night at Raymond C. Hand Park.
The Commodores improved to 29-11 on the season, while Austin Peay fell to 18-21.
Flaherty’s two-run homer in the first gave the Commodores an early 2-0 lead. David Macias led off the game with a single, marking the 36th time in 40 games he has recorded a hit.
VU starter Mark Lamm had some control issues in the first, walking two batters with a hit batsmen in between with no outs. Tyler Farrar followed with a sacrifice fly RBI to left to cut the lead to 2-1. Lamm escaped without any additional damage, getting Trey Lucas to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Will Hogue tied the game for the Governors in the second with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the second. It was his fifth round-tripper of the year.
De la Osa’s three-run homer in the third put the Commodores back on top 5-2. It was his sixth homer of the year and 42nd of his career, tying him with Cam Hazen (1985-88) for fifth on the school’s all-time list.
Lamm ended up giving up four runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in three innings of work.
The ’Dores took the lead back in the fifth with two runs courtesy of back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Curt Casali and Jonathan White to make it 7-5.
Trey Lucas’ RBI triple in the bottom half cut the lead to 7-6 with one out. Drew Hayes was able to get out of the inning by striking out Will Hogue looking and getting Daniel Baggett to fly out to right.
Drew Hayes (1-0) gave up four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of relief with six strikeouts and a walk to pick up the win.
The Commodores will face Belmont tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Greer Stadium. Freshman right-hander Taylor Hill (4-2, 4.78 ERA) will take the mound for Vanderbilt.