Vanderbilt Baseball Defeats Valparaiso in Midweek Contest

The Vanderbilt Commodores won a close game to the Vaparaiso Beacons. Let's recap this midweek game.
Vanderbilt center fielder RJ Austin (42) runs the bases after hitting a home run against Florida
Vanderbilt center fielder RJ Austin (42) runs the bases after hitting a home run against Florida / Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA

The seventh ranked Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Valparaiso Beacons in a midweek game. The Commodores got a bounce back win after getting swept by South Carolina, last weekend.

Ethan McElvain got the start for Vanderbilt and did great. In six innings pitched, McElvain struck out five batters and allowed two hits, three walks, and one earned run.

Miller Green got the win out of the bullpen after throwing 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Brennan Seiber got his fourth save on the season with a shutout inning in the ninth.

Kaleb Krier was the starting pitcher for the Beacons and had a short, but solid start. In three innings pitched, Krier struck out three batters and gave up two hits, a walk, and one earned run. Bryce Konitzer got the loss out of the pen.

In the second inning, Vanderbilt got on the board with a solo home run by Matt Ossenfort. This was the first of his young career.

In the third inning, Brady Renfro drove in a run on a groundout. This tied the game at one each.

Vanderbilt retook the lead in the sixth inning after Troy LaNeve walked in a run. This one run lead did not last long as Alex Thurston scored on a run scoring error.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the game remains tied at two. Jonathan Vastine comes up to the plate and smokes a solo home run over the right center fence.

This gave the Commodores a 3-2 lead, letting Miller Green and Brennan Seiber pitch scoreless frames to win the game for Vanderbilt.

This win improved Vanderbilts record to 20-6. This loss made Valparaiso's record drop to 8-15.

The Commodoress will host the Missouri Tigers, this weekend, for a three game series. The Beacons will host Bradley University for a three game series, this weekend.