Vanderbilt trailed MTSU 4-3 going to the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday night. Ironically, that 4-3 score was the same score for a game played last month between the two teams; more on that later. Incredibly, at the end of the third stanza the Commodores led 17-3. In 39 at bats, Vandy had 15 hits and 19 walks. The 19 walks broke a 67-year school record. That third inning was probably the longest in the history of college baseball.
The game may have served up a dose of karma for Middle Tennessee which defeated Vanderbilt in April in Murfreesboro. In that game, the Commodores had seemingly taken the lead in the eighth inning off a Alonzo Jones grand slam home run. However, after a hard rain began to fall in the bottom of the eighth the game was called and the score reverted back to what it was in the seventh and Jones' grand slam was erased. The Blue Raiders won 4-3. The way that game ended likely created bitter feelings and questions as to why, with these two schools located just 30 miles apart, that the game could not be completed at a later date. The answer likely is that the Middle staff took the win and ran. But on Tuesday there would be no rain to bail MTSU out.