Vanderbilt withstands Lipscomb rally, wins non-conference slugfest

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:23pm
Staff reports

Jason Esposito had four hits, including a home run, two stolen bases and five RBIs as Vanderbilt opened a five-game, intra-state road trip with a 13-10 victory over Lipscomb at Ken Dugan Field on Tuesday.

Esposito put Vanderbilt ahead to stay with a two-run single that capped a four-run second inning. He followed with a two-run home run in his next at-bat and added an RBI single in the fifth.

Lipscomb rallied in the ninth, though, when designted-hitter Corey Hale hit a two-out grand slam, his second home run of the game. Hale finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and seven RBIs.

The Commodores will be back on the road Wednesday, when they play at Middle Tennessee State. They will conclude the week with a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Tennessee beginning Friday.

Vanderbilt (30-9) scored at least one run in six consecutive innings beginning with the second, and out-hit the Bisons 15-11 for the game.

First baseman Aaron Westlake and catcher Drew Fann had three hits apiece. Fann drove in two runs and scored two more. The Commodores also drew 14 walks, including three each by shortstop Brian Harris and designated-hitter Curt Casali.

Westlake was the hero of last weekend’s SEC series victory over Auburn. His walk-off home run gave the Commodores a 3-2 victory in the decisive game Sunday.

Lipscomb (13-25) led 3-0 on Hale’s three-run home run in the bottom of the first.