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.