A leadoff single and a walk started game two for Philip Pfeifer, but fortunately and with the help of some stellar defense, the Commodores were able to get out of the first inning unscathed.
Vanderbilt scored first in the bottom half of the first inning by a Bryan Reynolds RBI single to run home Rhett Wiseman. The lead was short-lived, however, as a Gator two-run bomb over left field put them up 2-1. Pfeifer found his zone shortly after and struck out the side to end the inning.
Another home run in the third by the Gators put their lead to 3-1 with two outs. In the bottom half of the third, Wiel notched a single and a stolen base for the Commodores before making it to third on a wild pitch. He came home on a Will Toffey RBI-double that was beautifully hit to right field.
Pfeifer got out of a jam in the fourth thanks to some help with his defense, but the Commodores couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half of the inning. Pfeifer allowed another RBI-double in the fifth to send him to the dugout, bringing in right-handed reliever Kyle Wright. Wright threw a couple of wild pitches, one allowing a fifth Gator run to score, before getting out of the inning.
The scoring was silent again until the top of the eighth when a passed ball allowed a runner from third to cross the plate. This saw a pitching change for Vanderbilt, with Tyler Ferguson taking the mound in the top of the eighth.
Zander Wiel had a brief shining moment for Vanderbilt when he hit a solo shot in the eighth inning, but that was the end of scoring for Vanderbilt. The Gators led the Commodores 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but unfortunately the Commodores couldn’t rally back.
"Sometimes games get away from us and this one did tonight," Tim Corbin said of the game.
The Commodores play a rubber match tomorrow at noon to find a series victory.