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March 26, 2013NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt used some old fashion Diamond Dores baseball on Tuesday to down the Lipscomb Bisons 4-1 at Hawkins Field.
Playing in less than ideal sub-40 degree temperatures, the No. 3 Commodores used its speed and cunning on the base paths to take a 2-1 lead over the Bisons in the third and hold on with another strong performance from the pitching staff.
Lipscomb's Griffin Moore got the scoring started in the second when the first baseman doubled down the right field line to score Zach Lowery. Vanderbilt sophomore Chris Harvey kicked off the third inning rally with a lead-off double down the left field line. The Pennsylvania native advanced to third a few moments later after Tony Kemp singled to left. A four-pitch walk to Connor Harrell loaded the bases, and Conrad Gregor knocked the very next pitch to center to sacrifice Harvey and get the Commodores on the board. Vanderbilt took the lead soon after when Kemp scored off of a Jacob Knott balk.
Vanderbilt added a run in the fourth with a rare triple steal after the Bisons loaded the bases once again. Freshman Xavier Turner led off the inning with a single to right, and senior Jack Lupo was plucked a few batters later. Tony Kemp walked following a Harvey ground out to advance each runner. Moments later, Turner stole home, just getting under Taylor Stewart's tag attempt.
The Commodores added one more run in the sixth when Mike Yastrzemski singled to drive in Kemp.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Ferguson worked 4.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Commodores, surrendering just one hit while walking three. The California native also struckout three to improve to 2-0 on the season. Veteran T.J. Pecoraro got the start but the junior lasted just two innings, walking three and allowing the Bisons only run in the second. It was Pecoraro's first appearance since February 17th.
Sophomore Brian Miller closed the game with 2.1 innings of hitless relief, striking out three. He picked up his 8th save of the season.
The Commodore hitters generated just 5 hits on the day while the Bison posted only a pair.
Vanderbilt begins its annual three-game series against in-state and SEC rival Tennessee on Friday at Hawkins Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.