A four-run lead quickly vanished and with it went another opportunity for Vanderbilt to win an SEC series.
The Commodores lost 8-7 at Mississippi State on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series. Vanderbilt (13-19, 4-8) has dropped two straight league series and three of four.
Anthony Gomez’s two-out single in the top of the ninth tied the game. The deadlock was short-lived, though.
Friday ace Kevin Ziomek took the mound in relief in the bottom half of the inning. It appeared he had worked around a lead-off walk by getting two straight outs. But Darly Norris drove in the winning run with a double in the right-center field gap.
After the Bulldogs (20-12, 5-7) erased a four-run deficit, they took a one-run lead in the seventh.
Tony Kemp and Gomez each collected three hits and Gomez added two RBIs as Vanderbilt led 4-0 after three innings. But Mississippi State chased starter Drew VerHagen after just 3 1/3 innings as he gave up three runs on three hits.
The Bulldogs scored seven runs over the next four innings as the Commodores used six pitchers and stranded 14 runners.
Vanderbilt fell to 1-9 away from Nashville after picking up its first road victory on Saturday. The Commodores squandered another lead — this time a three-run advantage — as Mississippi State tied it in the ninth.
However, Gomez singled in Kemp in the 12th and Will Clinard worked a 1-2-3 inning to cap off 3.1 innings of scoreless relief pitching.