Jason Esposito had two hits, including a fourth-inning home run, but the remainder of Vanderbilt’s lineup had just two more as the Commodores fell 7-1 to Louisville on Saturday at the Louisville Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.
The one run matched VU’s lowest total in an NCAA tournament game, originally set May 24, 1974 in a 7-1 loss to Miami.
Louisville scored three in the first on a two-out, three-run home run by Phil Wunderlich and never trailed. Wunderlich added an RBI double in the eighth when the Cardinals finally chased Vanderbilt starter Sonny Gray, who allowed nine hits, two walks and struck out eight in 7.1 innings.
Esposito’s home run got the Commodores to within three, 4-1.
They did not get another hit, though, until Esposito’s single in the eighth. In between they got five on base – two walked and three were hit by pitches.
Aaron Westlake had a two-out single in the first, and Joe Loftus had a lead-off single in the second but never made it to second base.
Vanderbilt left seven on base, including two each in the seventh and eighth innings.