The Vanderbilt Commodores scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth and completed a weekend sweep of the Stanford Cardinal with a 4-2 win at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday.
The Cardinal (4-7) had tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh after the Commodores (10-2) had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Stanford scored just four runs in the three-game set.
The bottom of the eighth didn’t get off to a promising start when catcher Wayne Taylor, who had moved behind the plate in the seventh after starting the game in right field, dropped a foul ball by Zander Wiel. Marcus Brakeman wound up walking Wiel and one out later issued back-to-back walks to Rhett Wiseman and Vince Conde to load the bases.
The control problems didn’t stop there as Brakeman issued a free pass to Nolan Rogers to force in the go-ahead score. Tyler Thorne came on for Brakeman (0-2) and got a strikeout but then hit John Norwood to force in another run.
Stanford’s seventh inning rally started with an infield single by Alex Dunlap to lead off the frame. Brant Whiting walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Jonny Locher and Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson was done after allowing five hits and two walks in six-plus innings, striking out six.
Brett Michael Doran, pinch-hitting for Zach Hoffpauir against reliever Carson Fulmer, worked a walk to load the bases and Taylor lofted a fly ball to center field deep enough to score Dunlap and move Locher to third. One out later, Danny Diekroeger knocked in Locher with a ground ball out.
Vanderbilt got its first run in the fourth with an RBI single by Wiseman and got a run in the sixth on back-to-back errors by Cardinal third baseman Alex Blandino and second baseman Tommy Edman.
Stanford starter Cal Quantrill took a no-decision after allowing two runs, one earned, in five-plus innings. He surrendered four hits and four walks while striking out four. Brakeman walked four and struck out three in 2.1 innings, surrendering two unearned runs despite not allowing a hit. Thorne struck out one and hit a batter while working two-third of an inning.
Blandino, Dunlap and Austin Slater had two hits each for the Cardinal, who mustered seven hits in all.
Stanford opens Pac-12 play on Tuesday when they visit arch-rival Cal at 6 p.m.