Vanderbilt's power was too much for Michigan this afternoon. Behind the strength of three homeruns, the Commodores beat the Wolverines, 5-2. Michigan did have opportunities to climb back into the game, they left eight runners on base, but couldn't muster enough offense to keep pace with Vandy's longball attack.
Drew Taylor came on in relief of the injured Zach Putnam (6-2) and pitched pretty well. Taylor did, however, give up two homers in the fifth to extend Vandy's lead from 3-2 to the final score. Matt Buschmann (6-4) tossed a complete game for Vanderbilt.
Pedro Alvarez, Brian Hernandez and Ryan Davis all went yard for the Commodores. A.J. Scheidt had a solid game driving in both Michigan runs and playing some fine defense at thirdbase. Adam Abraham scored twice for the Wolverines.
The loss knock Michigan into the loser's bracket where they will play the loser of tonight game between host Georgia Tech and Stetson. Michigan's next game in the Atlanta Regional will take place tomorrow at 1pm. For those in southeast Michigan, Comcast Local is scheduled to air the game.
I have not heard whether regular number two starter Chris Fetter will take the hill Saturday or if Paul Hammond, who got bumped from starting today, will pitch in the elimination game tomorrow.