Ducks struggle against Vandy

By Charles Pulliam / The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bryan Reynolds had three hits and drove in two runs, and Vanderbilt used a five-run fifth inning to take control of the game and beat Oregon 7-2 in the Nashville regional.

The Commodores (43-18) are a win away from returning to the super regionals and will face either Oregon or Xavier tonight. They shut out the Musketeers 11-0 on Friday.

The Ducks will face the Musketeers in today’s early game at 10 a.m.

Carson Fulmer (6-1), facing an Oregon team that exploded for a season-high 20 hits in Friday’s 18-1 win over Clemson, limited the Ducks to two triples and an infield single, and finished with two walks and five strikeouts while improving to 6-0 in his six starts this season.

Reynolds ignited Vanderbilt’s fifth-inning barrage with an RBI single. Rhett Wiseman added a ground-rule double that drove in two runs to open up a 6-0 lead.

Oregon (43-19) got a run back in the bottom of the inning when A.J. Balta, who tripled, scored on a fielder’s choice. The Ducks added another run in the bottom of the seventh.

Steven Packard drove in both runs for Oregon. Jeff Gold (10-3) took the loss, surrendering six runs — only two earned — on eight hits in 4 2⁄3 innings.