NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Yastrzemski and his Vanderbilt teammates approach two-out at-bats the same way: just extend innings.
On Friday night, the Commodores did just that. Led by Yastrzemski's four RBIs, Vanderbilt scored 10 runs with two outs on their way to an 11-1 victory over Oregon State in the opener of a best-of-three NCAA super regional series."With two outs all we are trying to do is put the ball in play," Yastrzemski said. "When you see a good pitch to hit, all you got to do is be aggressive. That is what everyone did."Yastrzemski, the grandson of former Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski, started the scoring in a four-run first inning with a two-out single. He then gave Vanderbilt (51-10) an eight-run cushion in the fourth when he hit a three-run home run over the right-field wall.Jason Esposito added a two-run homer -- also with two outs -- in the sixth inning and knocked in three runs. The Commodores, playing in their third super regional, are one win away from reaching their first College World Series.On the other hand, the postseason road woes continued for Oregon State (41-18). Since winning back-to-back national championships in 2006-07, the Beavers have dropped seven straight NCAA tournament games on the road. They swept their Corvallis regional last weekend to reach their first super regional in four years."If you told me 11-1 was going to be the final score, I don't know if I would have agreed with that right off the bat," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "We were just fortunate we were able to push across some runs early. I think after that it carried some momentum into the middle part of the game.Oregon State's ace Sam Gaviglio (12-3) got into a bind early. The right-hander walked three and allowed three singles in the first inning. Yastrzemski and Esposito each drove in a run and Connor Harrell knocked in a pair with a shot through the right side of the infield.Gaviglio, a fifth-round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week, was coming off a 136-pitch, complete-game performance against Creighton last week. He allowed 10 earned runs on 10 hits and walked six."That doesn't happen to him," Corbin said. "That was an anomaly."In each of the first three innings, Gaviglio retired the first two batters but then allowed the inning to extend with two-out walks."You can't give a good club extra outs," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "We didn't play well. Sam was not sharp. There is no question about that."Vanderbilt ace Sonny Gray (12-3), meanwhile, was sharp. Four days after being drafted 18th overall by the Oakland Athletics, he allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.He retired the first seven batters and gave up just one hit through five innings. He worked out of a jam in the fifth, leaving runners stranded on the corners after striking out Brian Stamps. Gray spent most of the night throwing faster than 90 miles per hour. The stadium radar gun clocked him at 100 when Andrew Susac chased a high fastball in the fourth inning."Our offense putting a four-spot in the first kind of gets you going," Gray said. "Playing behind an offense like this and pitching behind a defense like this makes it a lot easier on the pitcher."Reliever Corey Williams pitched the last 2 1/3 innings, retiring all seven batters he faced.Vanderbilt practically emptied its bench in the eighth inning. Not counting Gray and Williams, the Commodores used 14 different players and had hits from eight different batters. Yastrzemski, Esposito and Tony Kemp each had two hits.Jake Rodriguez accounted for three of Oregon State's four hits and also drove in the lone run, leading to Gray's exit in the seventh inning.
M Yastrzemski singled to center, A Westlake scored, C Casali to third.
J Esposito singled to right, C Casali scored, M Yastrzemski to second.
C Harrell singled to right, M Yastrzemski and J Esposito scored, C Gregor to second.
C Casali grounded out to second, T Kemp scored, A Gomez to third, A Westlake to second.
M Yastrzemski homered to right, A Gomez and A Westlake scored.
T Kemp singled to left, C Gregor scored.
J Esposito homered to left, C Casali scored.
J Rodriguez singled to right center, D Hayes scored.