Zander Wiel started a college game for the first time last weekend.
The freshman continues to make case to remain in the lineup.
Wiel blasted his third home run in as many games to lead No. 4 Vanderbilt to a 10-2 victory at No. 12 Louisville on Tuesday. The Commodores (36-6) won the second installment of the Battle of the Barrel rivalry and fifth straight over the Cardinals (30-10).
The Commodores led 2-1 in the sixth when Wiel, the designated hitter, smacked a two-run shot over the left-field wall. Spencer Navin, Vince Conde, Jack Lupo and Xavier Turner followed with consecutive hits that pushed the lead to 6-1.
Wiel, a Murfreesboro native, now has eight RBIs in the last three games. In his first start, Saturday at Georgia, he hit two home runs and drove in five runs.
“He didn’t even travel one weekend and he comes back and is swinging it really well,” Lupo said. “He has had big games for us the last three games. It has been awesome to watch and makes it worth for a teammate.”
Vanderbilt tacked on a few more runs when Conde hit a three-run homer run — his sixth of the year — in the ninth. Conde drove in four runs and Tony Kemp and Lupo each added three hits.
Walker Buehler allowed one run in 5.1 innings in his first start since March 20. The freshman scatted four hits, walked two and improved to 3-1. Philip Pfeifer, Carson Fulmer and Jared Miller capped the Commodores' 17th victory in 19 games.
Vanderbilt returns to Nashville on Friday to host Mississippi State for a three-game series at Hawkins Field.