NCAA Tournament live blog: IU vs. Vanderbilt #iubase

NINTH INNING: Vanderbilt retakes the lead after Dansby Swanson lines a two-run homer to the left field bleachers. The rally was started by Rhett Wiseman, who lined a one-out double into the right field corner off IU reliever Luke Harrison. VANDERBILT 6, INDIANA 4.

SEVENTH INNING: Indiana threatened to pull ahead, but couldn’t cash in on a brief two-out rally. Brian Wilhite drew a walk after taking a close fastball on a 3-2 delivery and Casey Rodrigue followed with a slow-rolling infield single. But the inning ended when Nick Ramos lined to right field for the final out of the inning. VANDERBILT 4, INDIANA 4.

SIXTH INNING: After retiring 11 in a row, Vanderbilt starter Philip Pfeifer gave up the lead in the sixth inning. Brad Hartong led off the inning with a single and went station-to-station before Craig Dedelow drove him in on an infield single. It was a slow roller to the right side that Vanderbilt second baseman Tyler Campbell couldn’t handle. Dedelow was credited with a hit on the play and likely would have been safe at first if a throw was made. VANDERBILT 4, INDIANA 4.

FIFTH INNING: Effross has been great out of the bullpen for Indiana, allowing only two hits and striking out two over two and a third innings. Effross has been efficient, too, throwing 21 of his 31 pitches for strikes. The Hoosier bats are having a difficult time solving Effross’ counterpart, Philip Pfeifer, who has now retired 11 consecutive batters after an easy, 10-pitch inning. VANDERBILT 4, INDIANA 3.

FOURTH INNING: After surrendering a leadoff single, Scott Effross retired the next three batters to get out of the inning. Effross blew a 93 MPH fastball past Dansby Swanson to get out of the inning, winning the battle with a player projected to be selected within the first five picks of the MLB Draft. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt left-hander Philip Pfeifer is dealing. Pfeifer has retired eight consecutive batters and has nine strikeouts, but he’s up to 76 pitches. VANDERBILT 4, INDIANA 3.

THIRD INNING: A four-run outburst chased Christian Morris from the game with two outs in the third. Morris allowed back-to-back singles before walking Dansby Swanson to load the bases. Ro Coleman scored the Commodores’ first run on a groundout before Will Toffey tied the game at 3-3 on a two-run double down the left field line. Toffey came around for the go-ahead run on a Jeren Kendall’s single to right-centerfield, leading to Morris’ departure. Scott Effross entered and finished the inning without yielding further damage. Morris, who entered Saturday having yielded only four earned runs over 17 1/3 innings during the month of May, threw 39 of his 64 pitches for strikes. VANDERBILT 4, INDIANA 3.

SECOND INNING: Brian Wilhite’s recent hitting success continued Saturday when he skied a triple off the large triangular wall in left field. Wilhite came around to score moments later on Casey Rodrigue’s groundout to second base. Christian Morris allowed only a two-out walk, but nothing came of it in the top half. INDIANA 3, VANDERBILT 0.

FIRST INNING: Casey Rodrigue botched a routine groundball at second base to start the game, allowing Vanderbilt leadoff man Ro Coleman to reach first. But Coleman was thrown out going first to third on a strong throw by Craig Dedelow in centerfield. Dedelow fielded a hard single by Dansby Swanson and fired the ball to third base for the out. Swanson stole second and Christian Morris walked Zander Wiel before striking out Will Toffey to end the first half inning. Craig Dedelow gave the Hoosiers the lead on a two-out, two-run single to right field. The Hoosiers sent seven to the plate to start things off against Pfeifer. Nick Ramos started the rally by drawing a one-out walk and moved to third on a double down the right field line by Brad Hartong. After Scott Donley was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Dedelow swung at the first pitch and lined it into right field to score two. Ramos scored easily and Hartong only barely avoided a tag by Commodores catcher Karl Ellison. INDIANA 2, VANDERBILT 0.

PREGAME: A quick programming alert before anything else. Due to a rain delay in the Lipscomb-Radford contest on Saturday afternoon, Indiana and Vanderbilt won’t begin until later. The current estimate for first pitch is approximately 9 9:30 p.m. Eastern, so hang with us.

Christian Morris will make the start for Indiana. He’ll be opposed by Vanderbilt left-hander Philip Pfeifer (4.06 ERA, 71 IP, 57 H, 36 BB, 91 K).

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