Vanderbilt baseball closes out series sweep — eventually — of Ole Miss

Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 11:40pm

For the first time this season, Vanderbilt closer Brian Miller blew a save opportunity.

For the 10th straight game, though, the Commodores found a way to win.

Connor Harrell scored on a throwing error in the 11th inning and No. 3 Vanderbilt capped of a sweep of Ole Miss with 7-6 victory Sunday at Oxford, Miss.

At 11-1, the Commodores are off to their best Southeastern Conference start. They surpassed the previous mark of 10-2 set in 1972. They sit in first place in the East division and are tied with LSU for the best mark in the league.

Overall, Vanderbilt is 29-4 with eight series — conference and non-conference — wins.

The Rebels (23-9, 4-8) tested the Commodores all weekend. On Friday, Kevin Ziomek (6-1) prevailed in a pitcher’s duel as Spencer Navin and Harrell delivered with big RBIs late in a 3-1 victory. On Saturday, Tyler Beede (8-0) followed suit with six innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory.

Miller picked up saves in both, running his season tally to 10.

On Sunday he got into a jam. A two-run lead quickly disappeared. With the bases loaded and two outs, he hit a batter to bring in the tying run. But he induced a groundout to avoid further damage. He regrouped over the next two innings, putting the Rebels down in order to improve to 5-0.

Harrell offered the only run support he needed in the top of the 11th. The senior smacked a double off the third base bag. Then he moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw by Stuart Turner.

Navin led the Commodores with a career-best four hits and drove in two runs. Harrell, Mike Yastrzemski and Vince Conde each had three hits. Conde also drove in three runs. Vanderbilt matched a season-high with 17 hits.

The Commodores return to Hawkins Field on Tuesday for a non-conference game against Tennessee-Martin.