Vandy threw their ace of the staff, Mike Minor, against the ace of the Blue Raiders , Kenneth Roberts. Minor was rudely welcomed with a grand slam homerun by Stuart Meinhart in the first inning. Vandy battled back with two runs in the top of the fourth. The game remained that way with Vandy often threatening but unable to get anything across the plate. MTSU got there next run on a solo shot by Taylor Dennis in the top of the 7th.
Vandy scored two more runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth and threatened again in the 9th with bases loaded and two outs but reliever Codie Woods got Jason Esposito to ground into a game ending fielder's choice.
Roberts was the outstanding player in the conference championship for the Blue Raiders and he showed why today. He is now 11-1.
Vandy showed moments of brilliance and to their credit down 4-0 in the first inning they did not quit. Still, the failure to produce the big runs with runners in scoring position proved once again their achilles heel. Vandy left 12 runners in scoring position. That my friends is the reason they lost. Give it to the Blue Raiders they played with confidence and guts and did not flinch.
Vanderbilt will play the loser of tonight's game (No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Indiana) on Saturday at at 2 p.m. CT.