May 31, 2009

*Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Commodores used the old fashion ingredient of timely hitting and strong pitching to top the No. 1 seeded Louisville Cardinals, 8-4 at Jim Patterson Stadium Sunday night. With the win, Vanderbilt (37-26) will advance to its third regional final in its last four years.

Vanderbilt will play Louisville in the regional finals Monday night at 6 p.m. CT.

For the second game in a row, Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead to take some of the pressure off starting pitcher, Nick Christiani. After giving up a first-inning run, Christiani found a groove and threw four-straight scoreless innings while the Commodore hitters did damage of their own.

Vanderbilt got on the board in the top of the first inning when Curt Casali, Steven Liddle and Andrew Giobbi collected consecutive two-out singles. Casali scored the first run of the game when he scored on Giobbi's RBI single to shortstop.

The Commodores pushed its lead to 5-1 in the second inning when they took advantage of two Louisville errors with timely hitting. Riley Reynolds, Brian Harris, and Casali all recorded RBI singles in the inning.

VU added one more run in the fourth and two in the six while Louisville plated two in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Chase Reid pitch the last 1.2 innings, fanning four of the five batters he faced for his second save of the season.