April 25, 2012

Homers, hidden ball play help VU beat Middle

The longest performance of the season for pitcher Sam Selman, plus a season-high three home runs, pushed Vanderbilt to a 8-2 win over Middle Tennessee.

The win was the eighth consecutive mid-week victory for Vanderbilt, which is hanging on by a thread in their quest to qualify for the NCAA Tournament field of 64. Teams must have a plus-.500 record to receive an at-large bid to the tournament. Vanderbilt now stands at 19-22.

Selman threw a career-high 109 pitches, and punctuated his outing by striking out the side in the sixth with a fast ball that appeared to be well into the 90s. It was the fifth straight win for Selman after moving to midweek last month.

On the offensive side of the ball, Vanderbilt hit three home runs in a game for the first time this season. Spencer Navin, Conrad Gregor and Connor Harrell each homered for the Commodores.

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