It was “Turn Back the Clock” night with both teams wearing “throwback” uniforms. The Bisons were dressed in the blue uniforms worn by the NAIA National Championship team in 1979.
The Bisons are 13-25 overall. Vanderbilt, No. 15 in the country, is 30-9.
It was the first time a Bisons player has driven in seven runs in a game since Tennyson Dodd did it May 8, 2009 against Campbell.
Hale leads the Bisons with 12 home runs. He is tied with Zach Messer for the team lead in doubles with 10. He is also tied with Messer for the team in multiple-RBI games with 11.
Tyler Wilson had two hits, his 18th multiple-hit game of the season. Lee Wilson also had two hits for this 16th multi-hit game. Tyler Wilson also stole his 30th base of the season. He needs nine more to tie Ted Jamison for the all-time school season high in stolen bases. Jamison, a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame, set the record of 39 in 1971.
The Bisons started the game with a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Hale collected his first three RBI of the game with a three-run homer to center field.
Vanderbilt answered with four runs in the second as Jason Esposito drove in two of his five runs with a single through the left side to highlight the inning.
In the third inning Vanderbilt added one. They scored two in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Esposito picked up two more RBI in the fourth with a two-run round-tripper to left field.
The Bisons came back with two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer to left by Andrew Nickerson. They added another run in the sixth on an RBI-single to left field by Ryan Wilkins.
Drew Hayes remained unbeaten for the Commodores, throwing five innings and giving up four hits and five runs. He walked two and struck out seven.
Will Clinard earned the save for the Commodores. In four innings he allowed seven hits and five runs. He walked three and did not strike out a batter.
The Bisons used four pitchers starting with Chris Nunn who was credited with the loss, his second in as many decisions. Nunn and Josh Cotham each gave up five runs. Blake Fonfara allowed three. Matt Bowling closed out the game with a scoreless and hitless ninth inning.
Cotham was the only Bisons pitcher to record a strikeout. He fanned three in three innings.
The Bisons are back in action at home Wednesday night when Tennessee-Martin visits. The first pitch is scheduled for 6.