Photo of the 1st game of the Super Regional NCAA Championship between Vanderbilt and Stanford. (Steve Green / Vanderbilt University)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The road to Omaha became considerably shorter for the Vanderbilt baseball team on Friday afternoon after the Commodores scored an 11-6 victory over Stanford in the opening game of the Super Regionals at Hawkins Field.

Using an early outburst by the offense to jump out to a convincing 10-0 lead, Vanderbilt went on to secure the victory and go 1-0 up in the best-of-three series.

The two teams will meet again in Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the “if-necessary” Game 3 scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.

The winner of the series advances to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

Freshman Bryan Reynolds went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Vanderbilt in the win on Friday.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling (to be one win away from Omaha),” he said. “We’ve just got to play how we play and everything will work out.”

Vanderbilt, which is playing in the Super Regionals for the fourth time in the past five years, is seeking its second appearance in the CWS. The Commodores reached Omaha for the first time in 2011.

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