May 17, 2003
Nashville, Tenn. - Walter Sevilla's solo home run was all the offense Tennessee could muster as Robert Ransom scattered eight hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Vanderbilt Commodores posted a 9-1 victory over the Volunteers to win their fourth straight home series at Hawkins Field. The Vols will try to salvage the series and reach the Southeastern Conference tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Vanderbilt (26-26, 13-16 SEC) plated four in the third, three in the seventh and added two insurance runs in the eighth as it kept its tournament hopes alive. The Commodores need to sweep Tennessee to secure its berth, while the Volunteers (31-23, 13-16 SEC) also need a victory to reach their first tournament since 2001.
Ransom improved to 4-3 on the season as he struck out eight and walked three.
Warner Jones went 4-for-4 with two RBI, including a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI single in the seventh.
Tony Mansolino drove in three runs on three hits, including a two-run single sandwiched between a pair of sacrifice flies in the third as the Commodores jumped out to a 4-0 lead. His third RBI capped a two-run eighth as Cesar Nicolas also added an RBI double in the frame.
Sevilla hit home run No. 3 in the fourth putting the Vols on the board.
Jonathan Douillard's two-run single highlighted a three-run seventh as the Commodores extended their lead to 7-1. They loaded the bases on a single and two walks which marked the end of starter Derek Tharpe (6-6). Tharpe was tagged for seven runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
The Commodores loaded the bases for the third time in the game before Warner Jones blooped a one-out single, his third hit of the game, to left plating Ryan Klosterman who led off with a single. With the bases loaded again, Douillard lined his hit just over the outstretched glove of the shortstop Brian Cleveland into left center scoring two runs.
Casey Eisemann finished the game for the Vols, giving up two runs on five hits.