One rally not enough for Vanderbilt in loss to LSU

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:44pm
Staff reports

Mike Yastrzemski tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second but could not repeat the feat in the bottom of the ninth, and Vanderbilt lost 7-5 to LSU on Thursday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

Half of Vanderbilt’s six hits came in its last at-bat, but Yastrzemski struck out with a runner on second to end the contest.

The loss forced Vanderbilt into an elimination contest against Florida, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, on Friday afternoon.

Aaron Westlake led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and scored on Joe Loftus’ two-out single. Loftus came home on a double by Bryan Johns. Yastrzemki then struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch.

The Commodores’ only base runner between the second and ninth innings was Loftus, who walked with one out in the fourth.

Loftus started the second-inning rally with a one-out double, Connor Harrell followed with an RBI single to right, and Yastrzemski took the first pitch he saw out to deep right field for his second home run of the season.

Harrell left the game in the next inning due to a concussion sustained when he collided in the outfield with Yastrzemski.

LSU scored five runs, including three in the first, against VU starter Taylor Hill, who lasted just 4.2 innings. It was the second time in his last three starts Hill failed to get out of the fifth.

Grayson Garvin allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings, before Will Clinard was perfect through the eighth and ninth innings.