Unearned runs lead to Vandy defeat at APSU

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 11:33pm
Staff reports

CLARKSVILLE — Riley Reynolds reached base in each of his first four plate appearances but did not score a run as Vanderbilt was defeated 9-8 by Austin Peay on Tuesday.

Reynolds, a freshman second baseman, had two doubles, one single and one walk. The rest of the Commodores combined for just seven hits — five singles and one double.

Designated hitter Curt Casali added two singles, two walks and two RBIs but struck out with the tying run on second to end the game. Vanderbilt trailed 9-6 after seven innings but scored once in the eighth and ninth innings.

Austin Peay took advantage of an error and went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth. Two of those runs were unearned. The Governors added one more unearned run in the seventh.

All of the unearned runs were scored against Commodores’ relief pitcher Nick Christiani, who allowed three hits in four innings. Sean Bierman started and allowed five runs (all earned) on 10 hits in three innings.

Similarly, Vanderbilt scored four unearned runs, including the last three, on four APSU errors.

Catcher Trey Lucas was 2-for-2 with a home run, one run scored and two RBIs for Austin Peay.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to play its final non-conference game Wednesday at Louisville.

1 Comment on this post:

By: frank brown on 4/22/09 at 6:00

Did I read this correctly? Vanderbilt the baseball team on the move (formerly rated as the number 1 team in the nation two years ago) was defeated by a commuter college. If this is not a mis-print I think we can safely say that the rebuilding program at Vanderbilt is ficticious.