The Stanford Cardinal struggled to get anything going at the plate for the second straight day as they were held to three hits by Vanderbilt Commodores starter Jared Miller and three relievers in a 5-1 loss Saturday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn.
The Cardinal (4-6) scratched out their lone run in the fifth after falling behind 2-0.
Vanderbilt (9-2) struck first, getting to Stanford starter Chris Viall in the bottom of the first after Viall walked leadoff hitter Dansby Swanson and balked him to second base. Rhett Wiseman followed with a double into the gap in left-center field to put the Commodores up 1-0.
Vince Conde homered off Viall in the fourth inning—Conde’s first of the year—to put Vanderbilt ahead 2-0.
Zach Hoffpauir drove in Stanford’s lone run in the top of the fifth when he drove a triple into the gap in left-center field to score Austin Barr, who had led off the inning with a walk.
Viall departed with no one out in the top of the fifth after starting off the inning by loading the bases on two walks and a ground-ball single. Logan James came on in relief and after getting one out, balked home Chris Harvey for a 3-1 Commodores lead.
Vanderbilt padded the lead in the eighth. Sam Lindquist relieves James with runners at the corners and no one out and surrendered an RBI single to Nolan Rogers before Harvey squeezed another run home.
Viall (1-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in four-plus innings, walking five and striking out three, jumping his ERA on the season to 4.73
Miller (2-0) worked the first five innings, allowing a run on three hits with three walks and four whiffs. The Vanderbilt relief corps—Hayden Stone, Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller—allowed one base runner over four hitless innings to close out the game.
James was charged with two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three-plus innings while Lindquist was credited with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk, but he did allow both of the baserunners he inherited to score.
Hoffpauir had two of Stanford’s three hits on the day.
The teams close out the three-game series on Sunday with a noon Pacific start from Hawkins Field.