Right-hander Tyler Beede held the Stanford Cardinal to three hits over seven innings Friday and the Vanderbilt Commodores opened a three-game series with a 4-1 win at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn.
Brett Hanewich, another of the Cardinal’s bevy of freshman starters, didn’t pitch badly, surrendering four runs, three earned, in five innings while falling to 0-1.
The Commodores (8-2) took the lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Vince Conde after Bryan Reynolds doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch by Hanewitz.
Vanderbilt made it 2-0 in the third on an RBI groundout by Xavier Turner.
Stanford (4-5) got its lone run in the fourth. Danny Diekroeger drew a one-out walk, went to third on a double by Austin Slater and scored on Alex Blandino’s ground ball to third.
The Commodores got the score back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Chris Harvey and took a 4-1 lead in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Dansby Swanson.
Beede (3-0) struck out six and walked three while allowing just a run on three hits over seven innings, throwing 99 pitches. Carson Fulmer allowed a hit and fanned three over the final two innings to earn his third save.
Slater had two of the Cardinal’s four hits on the day,
The teams are back at it Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field at noon Pacific.