Yastrzemski leads Vandy past Illinois 10-4

Yastrzemski leads Vandy past Illinois 10-4 (Image 1)
Yastrzemski leads Vandy past Illinois 10-4 (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Mike Yastrzemski doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs to lead No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt to a 10-4 victory over Illinois in an NCAA regional Saturday night.

Tony Kemp, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, added four hits and scored three runs as the Commodores (53-9) rallied from a two-run deficit to advance to their fifth straight regional final. Four players had at least three hits as Vanderbilt outhit Illinois 17-5.

In the fifth, Yastrzemski smacked a tying two-run double. The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski then stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Conrad Gregor's groundout. 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 by batter's interference.

Vanderbilt freshman Carson Fulmer (3-0) allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.

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