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Kevin Ziomek pitches Vanderbilt to win in NCAA Regional opener

  • Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski (18) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against East Tennessee State in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt Xavier Turner (9) beats out an infield hit at first as East Tennessee State's Clinton Freeman fields the throw in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp tries to field the ball after it hit East Tennessee State's Dylan Tritsch (37) in the foot after Tritch was caught off first in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Tritch was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
  • Vanderbilt pitcher Kevin Ziomek throws to an East Tennessee State batter in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Friday, May 31, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Conrad Gregor and Connor Harrell each drove in two runs and Kevin Ziomek pitched seven strong innings, leading No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt to a 9-1 victory over East Tennessee State in an NCAA regional opener Friday night.

The Commodores (52-9) strung together six singles, including five straight, in the first inning off starter Jimmy Nesselt to take a five-run lead. Gregor’s two-run single up the middle sparked the inning.

Nesselt retired 15 straight batters before giving up three unearned runs in the seventh after a throwing error. His night ended when Harrell hit his team-leading 12th home run, a two-run shot. Nesselt (2-3) started in place of Kerry Doane (13-1), who was a late scratch.

Ziomek (11-2) allowed just one run on three hits, struck out five and threw 101 pitches.

The Buccaneers (36-23), Atlantic Sun tournament champs, were playing in their first regional since 1981.

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