Here is your Day 3 Recap from the Louisville Regional.
Vanderbilt 6 Middle Tennessee State 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Caleb Cotham threw a complete-game four-hit shutout to lead Vanderbilt to a 6-0 win over Middle Tennessee in an elimination game Sunday afternoon at Patterson Stadium.
The Commodores (36-26) moved into its fourth NCAA Regional finals in five trips under Tim Corbin and will have to defeat host Louisville twice in order to advance to the Super Regionals.
“This was a very important game obviously, an elimination game,” said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. “The performance we got from Caleb was nothing short of outstanding. I told him he needed to be Lance Armstrong on a bike in preparation for this heat, but he went out there and pitched against a very good hitting team and kept it down.”
Vanderbilt 8 Louisville 4
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vanderbilt used a four-run second inning and a strong starting pitching performance by senior Nick Christiani to defeat Louisville 8-4 in NCAA tournament action Sunday night at Patterson Stadium.
The win extended the Commodores (37-26) season at least for another day as the teams will play on Monday at 6 p.m. CT with the winner advancing to face Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regionals next weekend.
Christiani (6-6) gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings of work with four strikeouts and two walks. It was the 20th win of his career, tying him with Mike McLochlin for 10th on Vanderbilt’s all-time list.