The Belmont Bruins fell short of beating the Vanderbilt Commodores Tuesday with a score of 3-0 at First Tennessee Park.
Before this game, Vanderbilt lost two out of three games against Texas A&M, while Belmont picked up three victories against UT Martin.
In Tuesday’s game, Belmont rotated through seven pitchers. This included freshman Aaron Hubbell — who gave up one hit and a run — sophomore Stone Selby — who gave up three hits — and junior Michael Matter — who gave up two hits and a run. Senior Kyle Klotz, who sacrificed two hits, an error and a run, took the loss.
Sophomore Commodore pitcher Mason Hickman reached a career high with twelve strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
The Bruins earned four hits of their own thanks to freshman Grayson Taylor in the first, senior Zach Ehrhart in the third, sophomore Hunter Holland in the fifth and freshman Tommy Crider in the ninth.
Senior Commodore Stephen Scott earned all three of the Commodores’ runs with a solo home run in the second inning, a pass ball in the sixth, and a base hit by senior Ethan Paul in the ninth. This was Scott’s second season home run and 19th career.
Belmont looked hopeful to make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, when Crider crushed a line drive to left center field for a double. However, the Bruins’ rally was cut short with three quick outs, leaving Vanderbilt to celebrate.
The Bruins will stay in Nashville to play against SIU Edwardsville in the best of three starting Friday at 4 p.m..
This article written by Laura Privott. Photos by Colby Crosby.