Brian Harris’ three-run homer in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and catapulted Vanderbilt to an 8-1 win over Lipscomb Tuesday night at Ken Dugan Field.
Curt Casali and Parker Hanks had back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth and after a fly-out, Harris blasted a 1-2 pitch by reliever Taylor Merry over the wall in left field. It was his first career home run in his 136th at-bat.
“It was a fastball up and in,” said Harris. “I just tried to put the barrel on it and put the ball in play. I am just glad the homer happened and I was able to hit one before I got out of here.”
The Commodores won its season best sixth straight to improve to 25-10 on the year, while the Bison fell to 20-16.
VU added two more runs in the seventh when Dominic de la Osa roped a RBI triple to left-center and scored on a wild pitch by Kyle Tognazini.
The Commodores closed out the scoring in the ninth, scoring a couple of runs on RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Casali.
Vanderbilt starter Taylor Hill (4-2) gave up one run on four hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts in the winning effort.
Richie Goodenow came on and struck out two in an inning and Drew Hayes followed with 1.2 innings of one-hit scoreless relief. Sean Bierman struck out a batter with the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth and Brett Jacobson struck out two in a scoreless ninth to end the game.
“The guys we sent out there today were all first-timers except for Jacobson,” said VU coach Tim Corbin about the pitching staff’s performance. “You put them in tight situations and I like what I see. The more we run them out there in those situations, the better they will be. So far, so good. It hasn’t been ugly and that is all that really matters.”