Yastrzemski's big game catapults Vandy to win vs. Illinois in Nashville Region
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Yastrzemski doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs to lead Vanderbilt to a 10-4 victory against Illinois in an NCAA regional game on Saturday.
Tony Kemp added four hits and scored three runs as the Commodores (53-9) rallied from a two-run deficit to advance to their fifth consecutive regional final. Four players had at least three hits as Vanderbilt out-hit Illinois 17-5.
In the fifth, Yastrzemski smacked a two-run double to tie the game. He stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Conrad Gregor's ground out. The Commodores tacked on five runs in the eighth.
Illinois (35-19) appeared to tie it in the fifth with a double steal, but the run was negated due to batter's interference.
Vanderbilt freshman Carson Fulmer (3-0) allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.