NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Vanderbilt Commodores put together one of the most explosive offensive performances in NCAA Tournament history, blanking the Radford Highlanders 21-0 Monday afternoon.
With the win, the Commodores advance to the Super Regional for the third straight year and fifth time in the past six seasons.
The Commodores set a long list of school records during contest and also tied the NCAA record for biggest margin of victory in a shutout in NCAA Tournament history.
After four innings, the Dores led the game 10-0 and doubled that mark in the fifth inning alone. By the end of the game, every Commodore in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Eight of the nine starters scored at least two runs.
Xander Wiel went 4-for-6 with a homer, a triple and six RBIs for the Commodores. Wiel’s homer, his 13th of the season, was a three-run shot that helped fuel Vanderbilt’s 10-run fifth inning. Bryan Reynolds added a two-run shot during the frame, and finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Leadoff hitter Ro Coleman had four hits and scored four runs. Coleman reached base 13 times in the three regional games.
Rhett Wiseman hit a two-run homer in the second inning and finished with three RBIs. The Dores scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second and four in the third. Jason Delay finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Dansby Swanson went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and was named the Regional’s MVP. The contest was likely the final home game for Swanson, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
He and several of his teammates were given standing ovations when they were replaced by late-inning substitutions.
Vanderbilt set school NCAA Tournament single-game records for hits (21), RBIs (20), triples (4) and hit by pitch (7). Other school NCAA Tournament single-game records included Wiel’s six RBIs, Coleman’s four runs and Tyler Campbell’s seven at-bats ties. Vanderbilt’s four triples tied for the most in program history in single game.
Vanderbilt will travel to Illinois next week for the Super Regionals after sweeping through the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field for the second straight year.