Alvarez lifts Commodores past Michigan

Updated: June 2, 2006, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Matt Buschmann threw a six-hitter, and Pedro Alvarez set a school record with one of Vanderbilt's three homers in the 5-2 win over Michigan.

Alvarez, a freshman, hit a solo homer in the fifth, his 20th of the season to break a four-way tie for Vanderbilt's season record.

Ryan Davis hit a two-run homer in the second to break a 1-all tie, and Brian Hernandez went deep two batters after Alvarez to account for the game's final run. Buschmann (6-4) threw 134 pitches in his third complete game of the season.

A.J. Scheidt drove in both Michigan runs, but the Wolverines (42-20) lost pitcher Zach Putnam (6-2) to a potentially serious injury in the second. He lasted only 1 2-3 innings, leaving the game after feeling something pop in his elbow.

Vanderbilt (37-25) advanced to face the Georgia Tech-Stetson winner, while Michigan will play the loser.


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