The University at Buffalo forced Vanderbilt, the No. 2 ranked college baseball team in the country, to go deep into its bullpen in the ninth inning before dropping a 4-2 game to the Commodores (16-2) Wednesday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. The Bulls were limited to three hits for eight innings by a pair of Vandy freshman pitchers, Walker Buehler and Carson Fulmer. Trailing, 4-1, UB threatened in the ninth. Jason Kanzler led off with a bunt single and came around to score on a two-out single by Mike Burke. However, Brian Miller, the third Vandy pitcher in the inning, retired pinch-hitter Nick Sinay on a fly ball to end it with the tying run on first. Vandy scored in the second when Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer, reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, moved to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Commodores got their second run in the fourth when Connor Harrell doubled, moved up on a single by Yastrzemski and scored on a sacrifice fly. Tony Kemp tripled home two runs for Vandy in the sixth against losing pitcher Zach Stephens. Ben Hartz pitched two innings of shutout relief for UB The Bulls got their first run in the fifth inning when Kyle Figgins walked with two outs and scored on a wild pitch by Buehler. UB (7-8) moves on to Dayton, Ohio for a doubleheader Friday against Oakland and Dayton.
No. 2 Vanderbilt holds off UB in baseball