Elusive Kemp sparks big inning

April 29, 2013

The biggest play in Vanderbilt's 8-3 win over Mississippi State Sunday isn't your typical jaw-dropping highlight.

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But when that moment involves Tony Kemp, anything is possible.

"That's the one thing Tony can do: he can take something that looks ugly and turn it into something good," head coach Tim Corbin said.

With the speedy Kemp on third with one out in the bottom of the first in a scoreless game, Mike Yastrzemski hit a one-hopper back to the mound. Bulldogs starter Jacob Lindgren caught Kemp dead in his tracks about 30 feet down the line for what looked to be a guaranteed out.

Lindgren chased Kemp towards third and tossed the ball to Sam Frost, but his throw was to the bag's foul side and in the turf. Kemp alertly maneuvered inside, sliding feet first to avoid the tag.

The momentum-changer for Vanderbilt knocked Lindgren out of the game four batters later and triggered five runs on five hits with 10 Commodores going to the plate.

At that point, the sweep was on.

(Thanks to Jimmy Jones for the photo series posted at the top)



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