NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Vanderbilt Commodores won the annual Battle of the Barrel with a 5-2 victory over No. 2 Louisville Tuesday night.
The Commodores jumped out to an early lead with a leadoff homer from Bryan Reynolds in the first inning. Starting pitcher Ryan Johnson took it from there, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. Johnson completed four innings before allowing a base runner on a leadoff single in the fifth inning. The Commodores managed to keep the game scoreless through the inning.
Meanwhile, Dansby Swanson started a streak of four straight third-inning Vandy hits with a RBI-triple off the right field wall. Zander Wiel followed with a single to score Swanson. Will Toffey notched a single and a stolen base before Jaren Kendall delivered a two-out, two-run single to left field.
Louisville found the score sheet in the sixth inning when three straight singles scored two runs to cut the Vandy lead to 5-2. However, John Kilichowski entered the game and quieted the threat. He was perfect over the final three innings to earn his second save in just his second relief appearance of the season.
Vanderbilt travels to Hoover, Ala. Thursday to take on Alabama in the final Southeastern Conference series of the regular season.