Meinhart hits slam to back Middle Tennessee

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Stuart Meinhart hit a grand slam and Taylor Dennis added a solo shot in the seventh inning, helping Middle Tennessee beat in-state rival Vanderbilt 5-4 on Friday in the Louisville regional.

The victory snapped a 7-game NCAA tournament losing streak for second-seeded Middle Tennessee (44-16) and made a winner of Kenneth Roberts.

Meinhart's homer was the 100th this season for the Blue Raiders, who came in tied for 10th nationally. Dennis, the No. 9 hitter, hit his fourth of the season.

Designated hitter Aaron Westlake had three hits and Jason Esposito a pair of RBIs for third-seed Vandy (34-26), which split a pair of regular-season meetings with Middle Tennessee.

The Commodores' Mike Minor allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in the loss.

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