March 7, 2010
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Gomez gives Vanderbilt
extra-inning win over Indiana
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
NASHVILLE, TENN.---The Indiana Hoosiers and
Vanderbilt Commodores gave fans their money's worth with a
four-hour extra-inning contest that featured a combined 12
pitchers, 24 hits, 20 strikeouts and 11 runs before a winner
could be declared in the marquee game of the Music City Classic
at Hawkins Field.
Freshman Anthony Gomez put an end to the marathon in the bottom
of the eleventh inning with a solid single to right field off of
Hoosier closer Chris Squires (0-1) to plate Connor Harrell and
give the Commodores (10-1) a 6-5 win. It was Gomez's third hit
of the game.
"Anthony (Gomez) came up big three times tonight in three
at-bats," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "He had some
clutch RBI and jumped on some high fastballs and put them into
The Hoosiers Michael Earley started things off with a single in
the first inning and first baseman Jarrud Sabourin followed with
a base hit to right field.
Dickerson (left) then hit the first pitch he saw from VU starter
Jack Armstrong over the right-center field wall to give Indiana
(4-6) a 3-0 lead.
Vanderbilt scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first
without the benefit of a hit when Bryan Johns walked, stole
second and advanced to third on a fly ball to center. The relay
throw to get him at third sailed into the dugout area to allow
him to score to make it 3-1.
The home team tied the game in the bottom of the second off of
Hoosier starter Ethan Wilson when Andrew Giobbi walked, stole
second, and went to third on a wild pitch. After a Riley
Reynolds base on balls, Joe Loftus singled to score a run and
Gomez followed with a single right back where it came from to
tie the game.
(right) settled down nicely after a shaky first inning to pitch
three and two-thirds inning of scoreless baseball afterwards. He
gave up three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings with five
strikeouts while walking just one hitter in a no-decision
The Hoosiers retook the lead in the sixth, scoring two runs with
two outs in the frame. Reliever Corey Williams, a redshirt
freshman, plunked shortstop Michael Basil on a 2-2 pitch to
start the rally. Basil stole second, advanced to third on a wild
pitch and scored on Tyler Rogers single to right.
Drew Hayes replaced Williams and was greeted by a single off the
bat of Wes Wilson and a RBI double to Micah Johnson to push the
Hoosier lead to 5-3.
VU battled back to within a run on a walk by Reynolds who
advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches and scored an RBI
single by Gomez.
The Dores tied the game in the seventh when Jason Esposito
doubled down the left field line and scored on an RBI single by
Andrew Giobbi. VU had a chance to take the lead, loading the
bases with one out but failed to plate the go-ahead run as
Reynolds grounded out and Loftus flied out to center.
The Commodores stranded a total of 16 base-runners in the game.
"We had the bases loaded three times with one out and couldn't
pick up a run," said Corbin when asked about the missed
opportunities. "Everyone's been there before, it happens, we
just pressed too much. We hit too many balls in the air after
the sixth inning and didn't put much pressure on them."
Indiana wasted a golden opportunity in the 11th when Basil lined
a double into left field with one out. Commodore reliever Chase
Reid struck out Tyler Rogers, who had two hits prior to stepping
in, and then threw three straight by Wes Wilson to end the
Harrell bunted his way on in the bottom of the 11th and stole
second. He moved to third on a grounder by Reynolds to set up
Gomez's heroics to close the game.
Chase Reid (2-0) pitched 3.2 innings of three-hit scoreless
relief with five strikeouts to record his second win of the
"I thought Gio (Andrew Giobbi) did a great job of calling
pitches, while also cutting down two base-runners," said Reid
after the game. "We will put everything together and then
hopefully start to click on all phases heading into SEC play."
Gomez led the Dores with three hits and three RBI with Jason
Esposito and Riley Reynolds chipping in with two each.
Rogers, Micah Johnson and Sabourin led the Hoosier offensive
effort with two knocks each.
It may prove to be a costly win for Vanderbilt as its number
three and four hitters, Aaron Westlake and Curt Casali, left the
game early due to injuries. Their status is day-to-day at this