Vanderbilt put together a furious rally over the last two innings to give coach Tim Corbin his 500th victory and -- more importantly -- to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Commodores scored five runs in the eighth and tacked on two more in the ninth for a 9-7 victory Sunday over host Alabama.
Corbin picked up his 500th win in his 16th season as a college head coach. He has compiled a 394-211 record in 10 years at Vanderbilt. He also coached at Division II Presbyterian College from 1988-93.
The Crimson Tide (16-26, 6-12) entered the weekend with the SEC’s worst record but won the first two games of the series. They came from a behind on Saturday and won with a walk-off three-run home run.
They were in control early Sunday and led 7-2 after seven innings.
Anthony Gomez’s leadoff triple in the eighth started the rally for the Commodores (18-22, 7-11). Conrad Gregor singled home Gomez and freshman pinch hitter Chris Harvey later delivered with a two-out, three-run double.
After Andrew Harris pinch ran for Harvey, Tony Kemp tied the game with an RBI-double down the left-field line.
In the ninth, Connor Harrell’s single knocked the game-winning run in with a single through the left side. Vince Conde later singled to bring in an insurance run.
Right-hander Drew VerHagen allowed two runners in bottom of the ninth before he got a game-ending double play. VerHagen (4-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The Commodores pulled starter Kevin Ziomek off the hook after he allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits in 3.2 innings.
Vanderbilt travels to Murfreesboro play Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. Wednesday.