NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luke Hoskins and Justin Loer combined to throw a four-hitter, Jared Cushing scored the go-ahead run when Matthew DePrey was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and Xavier beat host Vanderbilt 2-1 Sunday in a loser-out game at the Nashville Regional.
Xavier (39-24) advances to play Oregon later Sunday and must beat the Ducks twice to advance to the super regionals. Oregon is a win away from advancing.
DePrey, who came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, was hit by the first pitch he faced to bring home Jared Cushing and give the Musketeers their first lead of the game at 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Hoskins (7-2) allowed a run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings pitched for Xavier. Justin Loer (7 saves) gave up a hit with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief.
Jonathan Vastine led off the third with a double and then scored on single by Davis Diaz to give Vanderbilt (42-20) a 1-0 lead.