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Commodores capture Regional

Hill fans career-best 13 en route to win


Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt captured the team’s second straight regional with a 6-1 win over Belmont Sunday night at Hawkins Field.


Senior Taylor Hill dominated the Bruins over eight innings setting a career-high with 13 strikeouts. The right-hander allowed only a solo home run to Tim Egerton in the second inning and scattered five hits over his eight innings to earn his fifth win of the year. Hill struck out at least one batter in seven of his eight frames and fanned multiple batters in five separate innings while allowing only one base runner to reach scoring position after the home run. Senior Mark Lamm worked a scoreless ninth to finish off the Regional Championship.


The Commodores offense responded in the third inning after Belmont tied the game on Egerton’s home run in the bottom of the second inning. Jason Esposito’s RBI-double followed by Conrad Gregor’s sacrifice fly put the Dores up 3-1. Anthony Gomez’s RBI-double and Curt Casali’s sacrifice fly in the sixth stretched the lead to 5-1 and Esposito’s solo homer in the seventh capped the night’s scoring. Esposito finished the night a triple shy of the cycle leading all hitters with three hits. Riley Reynolds, Gomez and Gregor all had two hits in the win. Judah Akers had two hits to pace the Bruins.


Following the game Vanderbilt had eight players honored on the Nashville Regional All-Tournament team with Sonny Gray, Taylor Hill, Aaron Westlake, Riley Reynolds, Jason Esposito, Anthony Gomez, Mike Yastrzemski and Conrad Gregor earning honors. Esposito was named the Tournament MVP after going 7-for-13 with four RBI. The Commodores outscored their opponents 26-3 in the team’s three games of the tournament. 



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