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Vandy wins College World Series

Vandy wins College World Series

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Allen

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The Virginia baseball team came up just short of winning a national championship Wednesday, falling to Vanderbilt, 3-2, in the deciding third game of the Finals of the 2014 Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

A solo home run to left field in the top of the eighth inning by Vanderbilt’s John Norwood off junior right-hander Nick Howard(Olney, Md.) broke a 2-2 tie, giving Vandy a one-run advantage. Virginia had bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t score the tying run.

The Cavaliers, who advanced to the Finals of the Men’s College World Series for the first time in program history, finished the season with a 53-16 record, the second-most wins in program history. The Commodores close out the campaign with a mark of 51-21, winning just the second NCAA Championship in the school’s history and the first for the baseball program.

Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson hit the very first pitch of the ballgame through the left side of the infield and later came around to score on a throwing error on a double steal in an eventful first inning for sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Josh Sborz(McLean, Va.). Sborz allowed two hits and walked two more while striking out the final batter of the inning to escape with Virginia trailing 1-0.

Senior right-hander Artie Lewicki(Wyckoff, N.J.) took over for Sborz in the second inning, keeping Vanderbilt off the scoreboard until a two-out single to short plated an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning, putting UVa in a 2-0 hole.

Virginia, who had managed just one hit off Vanderbilt starter Carson Fulmer through five innings, got the offense ignited in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single to right center by sophomore catcher Robbie Coman (Lake Worth, Fla.). Freshman shortstop Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ontario) drove in Coman with another single to right center, cutting the gap to 2-1. Junior third baseman Kenny Towns(Burke, Va.), batting with the bases loaded with two outs, ripped a low liner at Vandy shortstop Vince Conde, who couldn’t field it cleanly, with Pinero coming home to score the tying run on the error.

Norwood cranked a Howard fastball into the left-field bullpen with one out in the eighth for just the third long ball of the 2014 College World Series.

Fulmer pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking two while striking out five. Reliever Hayden Stone earned the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, while Adam Ravenelle worked out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth to claim his third save.

Lewicki worked six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. In his four CWS appearances, Lewicki pitched 13.0 innings without allowing an earned run. Lewicki’s six innings of relief was the most by a Virginia pitcher since Shane Halleythrew six innings out of the bullpen in the 2012 season at Miami.

In working the final two innings, Howard took the defeat and fell to 2-2 on the year.

The 2014 Men’s College World Series drew a record 347,740 fans to TD Ameritrade Park in the 16 games that spanned 12 days.

The Cavaliers had five players named to the All-Tournament team with catcher Nate Irving (Yonkers, N.Y.), second baseman Branden Cogswell (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and outfielder Brandon Downes (South Plainfield, N.J.) joining Lewicki and Tuesday’s starter Brandon Waddell(Houston, Texas) on the squad.

2014 Men’s College World Series All-Tournament Team
Catcher: Nate Irving, Virginia
First Base: Kevin Cron, TCU
Second Base: Branden Cogswell, Virginia
Third Base: Tyler Campbell, Vanderbilt
Shortstop: C.J. Hinojosa, Texas
Outfield: John Norwood, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Rhett Wiseman, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Brandon Downes, Virginia
Designated Hitter: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
Pitcher: Artie Lewicki, Virginia
Pitcher: Brandon Waddell, Virginia
Most Outstanding Player: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt

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Vandy falls to Virginia 7-2

Vandy falls to Virginia 7-2

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

Three hours before the most important start of his baseball career, at the UVa team hotel, Brandon Waddell stood inside a lobby teeming with fans, signing autographs for children and posing for photos with family members, unperturbed by the commotion around him.

Across the street at TD Ameritrade Park, the sophomore from Houston showed even more poise Tuesday night before a crowd of 24,308 and an ESPN audience. In a game Virginia had to win extend its season, Waddell was magnificent, scattering five hits in a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.

This is the Cavaliers’ third trip to the College World Series — they were also here in 2009 and 2011 — and not until Tuesday night had one of their pitchers thrown a complete game in Omaha. Waddell, a left-hander who relies on guile as much as on power, struck out five and walked three, and only one of the runs he allowed was earned.

On a night when the Wahoos’ cheering section at the stadium included UVa president Teresa Sullivan, Waddell retired 13 of the Commodores’ final 15 batters in his longest appearance as a college player.

Waddell’s timing was impeccable. And now the `Hoos, who were ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the regular season, are in position to win their first NCAA title in this sport.

Through five innings, Beede looked sharp in limiting the Cavaliers to one run on three hits and two walks. The 14th overall draft pick by the San Francisco Giants had been struggling with his control and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his previous CWS start against UC Irvine.

He left with two outs in the seventh after allowing six runs on 10 hits and three walks.

In the final game of the best-of-three CWS Finals, UVa (53-15) will be the home team against Vandy (50-21) on Wednesday night. ESPN will televise the game, which starts at 8 o’clock Eastern.

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Vandy takes Game One Against Cavaliers

Vandy takes Game One Against Cavaliers

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Allen

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A nine-run third inning propelled Vanderbilt (50-20) to a 9-8 victory over the Virginia baseball team (52-15) in the first game of the Men’s College World Series Finals on Monday (June 23) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

Virginia will need to defeat Vanderbilt on Tuesday night when the two teams face off at 8 p.m. ET to keep the best-of-three series alive. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

“That was a tough one, but I’ll say first that, I’m really, really proud of our guys,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “The fight in us just did not stop. We even had opportunities in the eighth inning to tie the ballgame, and got both (Joe) McCarthy and (Derek) Fisher put good swings on the ball and unfortunately we could not get that tying run in.

“But the game was defined in the third inning. Nathan Kirby has done the job all year long for this team, and I thought he was pretty sharp the first couple of innings, and the third inning, it just kind of came unraveled and the two doubles by Campbell I thought were pretty big.”

Vanderbilt sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the third inning, scoring nine runs, including three that scored on bases-loaded walks and another on a fielding error, to take a 9-2 lead. Virginia scored three runs in the third, two in the fifth and a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 9-8.

Sophomore starting pitcher Nathan Kirby (Midlothian, Va.), took the loss, working 2.1 innings, allowing eight runs, five earned, on two hits with five walks and four strikeouts as he took the loss and fell to 9-3 on the year. Reliever Jared Miller (7-2) earned the win with two innings of relief, while Adam Ravenelle pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save. Vandy starter Walker Buehler worked three innings, allowing five earned runs.

The Cavaliers’ bullpen held the Commodores to one run over 6.2 innings to keep UVa in the game. Senior Whit Mayberry (Alexandria, Va.) worked 3.1, allowing one run on three hits, striking out two and walking none. Senior Austin Young (Mechanicsville, Va.) worked a season-high 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out four.

Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) finished the game 3-of-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) was 3-of-5 with an RBI. Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) was 2-for-4, including a triple, with a run scored and two driven in. UVa finished the game with 15 hits, while Vanderbilt had six.

Virginia held an early 2-0 lead after Cogswell knocked the first offering of the game from Buehler into centerfield. After sophomore right fielder Joe McCarthy (Scranton, Pa.) hit a two-out double to advance Cogswell to third, junior left fielder Derek Fisher (Rexmont, Pa.) singled to right center to give UVa a 2-0 lead at then end of the first inning.

The Cavaliers mounted another two-out rally in the bottom of the third. McCarthy was hit by a pitch, coming around to score after back-to-back hits by Fisher and junior third baseman Kenny Towns (Burke, Va.). Downes, batting with the bases loaded, singled through the left side to score two more, cutting the deficit to 9-5.

In the fifth inning, Downes got another two-out hit, smashing a triple over the head of the center fielder. Junior catcher Nate Irving (Yonkers, N.Y.) doubled into the right field corner to score Downes. Irving scored from second on a single by Pinero.

Cogswell and Pinero started the eighth inning with back-to-back hits. After being bunted over to third, Cogswell scored on a groundout by McCarthy to pull the Cavaliers to within one, 9-8.

The 17 runs scored by the two teams were the most scored in a College World Series game played at TD Ameritrade Park.

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Texas down Commodores 4-0

Texas down Commodores 4-0

Posted on 21 June 2014 by Allen

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Senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Thornhill was dominant for eight scoreless innings and the offense struck for four runs in the first two innings to carry Texas to a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt Friday afternoon.

The Longhorns (46-20) will square off with Vanderbilt (48-20) again Saturday at 7 p.m. in a winner-take-all matchup to advance to the championship series beginning on Monday.

Pitching was again the story for Texas, which became the first team since Oregon State in 2006 to post back-to-back shutouts in the College World Series. It was also Texas’ 10th shutout all-time in the CWS, tied with Arizona State for the most all time.

Thornhill (9-3, 1.51) was magnificent throughout his eight innings, yielding only five singles and one walk while striking out five Commodores. He never allowed a runner past second base in the game and only allowed two runners to reach in the same inning once. The win was Thornhill’s third of the postseason and lowered his ERA to 1.53 in NCAA tournament play.

The senior from Cedar Park, Texas, continued an impressive run by Longhorns starters in the CWS. Thornhill, Chad Hollingsworth and Parker French have combined to allow just three earned runs in 31 innings (0.87 ERA). As a staff, Texas has allowed just four runs in the CWS, putting up zeros on the scoreboard in 34 of 36 innings.

The Texas offense struck for two runs in each of the two first innings behind inconsistent pitching in the first and back to back triples in the second. In total, the offense managed five hits, five walks and two hit batters en route to the victory.

Third baseman Zane Gurwitz led the offense with two hits, adding a single in the sixth to his triple in the second, while second baseman Brooks Marlow reached in all four of his plate appearances with two walks, a hit by pitch and an RBI triple in the second. Designated hitter Madison Carter finished 1-for-3 with an RBI walk.

Vanderbilt starting pitcher Tyler Ferguson struggled from the get go, plunking Texas leadoff man Marlow on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. He then walked left fielder Ben Johnson on four straight pitches and hit Payton with a pitch to load the bases with no one out. After a strikeout, shortstop C.J Hinojosa ripped a line drive that hit the second base umpire, and by rule, the play was treated as a dead ball RBI single scoring Marlow and reloading the bases. Ferguson then got another strikeout, but issued a two-out free pass to Carter, making the score 2-0 Texas.

After Vanderbilt brought right-handed pitcher Brian Miller in, the Commodores escaped further damage as he was able to retire Clemens on strikes and leave the bases loaded, keeping the score 2-0 after one inning.

Gurwitz got the Longhorn bats going again in the second inning with a leadoff triple to the left field wall. Marlow followed with a triple of his own, this one to right field to score Gurwitz when Vanderbilt right fielder Rhett Wiseman was unable to make a diving play. Following a pop out, center fielder Mark Payton executed a perfect safety squeeze play to score Marlow, and ended up on first base when the ball flew out of the pitchers glove trying to make a diving tag.

Miller would escape from there, but the damage was done with Texas taking a 4-0 lead. He continued to settle in over the next six innings as both pitchers took turns trading zeros. The only real jam for either pitcher came in the bottom of the sixth for Miller when he stranded the bases loaded after filling them up with just one out.

Texas went to the bullpen for closer John Curtiss in the top of the ninth, who retired the side in order to finish off the victory. The Longhorn pitching staff has not allowed a runner to reach third base over their last 19 scoreless innings.

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Dores beat UC Irvine 6-4

Dores beat UC Irvine 6-4

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

UC Irvine was overtaken by Vanderbilt’s three-run rally in the fifth inning and fell to the Commodores, 6-4, in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha Monday night.

Vanderbilt (48-19) took a 2-0 lead on UCI in the top of the first on a walk, two singles and two sacrifices before the ‘Eaters struck back with four runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Jonathan Munoz was hit by a pitch with one out and he advanced to third on a single to right by Grant Palmer.

Kris Paulino followed with a single to right, scoring Munoz and advancing Palmer to second. Palmer then moved to third on a wild pitch and he scored on a squeeze by Adam Alcantara with Paulino going to second.

Another wild pitch sent Paulino to third and Alcantara to second. After Justin Castro lined out to center for the second out, Taylor Sparks singled up the middle to score Paulino and Alcantara for a 4-2 UCI lead.

The three singles by the ‘Eaters in the second inning would be their only hits of the evening.

The Commodores regained the lead in the top of the fifth with three runs.

Dansby Swanson led off with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on a single by Bryan Reynolds.

Vince Conde grounded out to short, scoring Swanson with Reynolds moving to second. Zander Wiel then doubled to left field as Reynolds scored.

Xavier Turner walked and Rhett Wiseman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Evan Brock then came on relief of Anteater starter Elliot Surrey. John Norwood flew out to right and Wiel was able to score to give Vanderbilt a 5-4 lead. Brock then recorded a strikeout to end the inning.

The Commodores tacked on another run in the seventh as Wiseman hit a two-out double down the right-field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Norwood to put Vanderbilt up 6-4.

Walker Buehler (12-2) picked up the win in relief for Vanderbilt, pitching hitless ball over the last 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight and walking two.

Surrey took the loss for UCI, allowing five runs (all earned) and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in falling to 8-5 on the season.

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Vandy beats Cards 5-3

Vandy beats Cards 5-3

Posted on 15 June 2014 by Allen

Corbs

Following a slow start and an early four-run deficit, the third-ranked Louisville baseball team fell short in its comeback attempt dropping a 5-3 decision to Vanderbilt in Saturday night’s College World Series opener for both squads at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

With the loss, the Cardinals (50-16) will next face Texas in an elimination game on Monday at 2 p.m., CT on ESPN2, while the Commodores (47-19) will challenge UC Irvine in a winner’s bracket game on Monday at 7 p.m., CT on ESPN2. Both Louisville and Texas will be looking to end four-game CWS losing streaks in Monday’s first ever matchup between the two programs on the baseball diamond.

Allowing three runs in the second inning and another in the fourth, Louisville faced its largest deficit of the NCAA Championship before eventually closing within a single run in the seventh. However, the Commodores added an insurance run and held for the victory to even the season series with the Cardinals at 1-1.

Senior catcher Kyle Gibson (Henderson, Ky.) led the way at the plate for the Cardinals going 2-for-5 with one RBI, while junior shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.) added an RBI triple and scored once in the loss. Senior third baseman Alex Chittenden (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in with a pair of hits, while freshman designated hitter Nick Solak (Woodridge, Ill.) added an RBI single as the Cardinals out-hit Vanderbilt 9-7.

The Commodores struck early on Saturday night with the three runs in the second inning against Louisville sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser (Oak Forest, Ill.). After a two-out bases loaded wild pitch scored outfielder John Norwood for the first run, second baseman Dansby Swanson followed with a two-run double to left center for the 3-0 advantage.

Vanderbilt added to the lead in the fourth on a RBI triple to right center by outfielder Bryan Reynolds to score Swanson for the 4-0 lead. Swanson started things with a two-out single up the middle and stole second before moving to third on a Louisville throwing error.

Louisville broke through for its first runs of the night in the fifth scoring two against Vanderbilt righty Carson Fulmer. After junior first baseman Grant Kay (Omaha, Neb.) led off the inning with a single to center, Whiting sent him home with a RBI triple down the right field line. Later in the inning, Gibson chipped in with a RBI groundout to score Whiting.

The Cardinals pulled closer in the top of the seventh on a two-out, RBI single to right by Solak to score junior second baseman Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.). The inning started with Lucas singling up the middle off Vanderbilt reliever Hayden Stone before moving to second on a groundout to first. However, the Cardinals gave the run back to Vanderbilt in the bottom of the seventh as a passed ball allowed shortstop Vince Conde to score from third for the final 5-3 cushion.

On the mound, Funkhouser was charged with the loss and dropped to 13-3 on the season after allowing four runs, all earned, on six hits with six walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work. Fulmer earned the victory and improved to 7-1 for the Commodores after giving up two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. Adam Ravenelle closed the night striking out two in 2.1 innings of shutout relief.

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Fulmer, Swanson named to Team USA

Fulmer, Swanson named to Team USA

Posted on 10 June 2014 by Allen

Carson Fulmer

Sophomores Carson Fulmer and Dansby Swanson have been added to Team USA’s Collegiate National Team roster for the summer with freshman Bryan Reynolds receiving an invitation to the team’s training camp.

Fulmer and Swanson become the 11th and 12th Commodores to wear the Red, White and Blue during their tenure at Vanderbilt. If Reynolds makes the team it would give Vanderbilt three players on the Team USA roster for the second time in history joining the 2006 squad that featured David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Casey Weathers. Last summer Tyler Beede represented the Dores on Team USA.

Fulmer has been a force for Vandy in his second season on West End and enters the College World Series 6-1 with a team-best 1.78 ERA and 10 saves. The Lakeland, Fla. native began the season as the team’s closer but moved into the starting rotation in mid April. As a starter, the Commodores are 6-1 with the sophomore not allowing a run in his first 29.2 innings of his first five starts. The right-hander tossed the Commodores’ only complete game shutout in a 3-0 win at Florida in early May.

Swanson shares the team lead with Reynolds with 24 doubles on the year to match the fourth-most ever by a Commodore. Swanson heads to Omaha hitting .335 with a team-best 18 stolen bases and 58 runs scored. The Marietta, Ga. native has also been named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a first team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches.

Reynolds has already garnered Freshman All-American status from Collegiate Baseball and first team Freshman All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The freshman from Brentwood, Tenn. leads Vanderbilt with a .343 batting average for the year and is hitting .520 (13-for-25) in the Dores’ six NCAA Tournament games. His 24 doubles this season are the most ever by a freshman at Vanderbilt.

The Collegiate National Team hosts Chinese Taipei beginning July 1 in North Carolina and plays Japan in America before traveling to the Netherlands and Cuba.

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Stanford stuns Vandy with walk-off homer in 9th, forces Game 3

Stanford stuns Vandy with walk-off homer in 9th, forces Game 3

Posted on 08 June 2014 by Allen

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Stanford’s Wayne Taylor sent the Nashville Super Regional to a third and deciding game with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Vanderbilt, 5-4, Saturday afternoon. The shot over the right center wall tied the series after Vanderbilt won the opener, 11-6, Friday.

Taylor lifted a 95 mile per hour fastball from Adam Ravenelle (3-2) towards the stands in right center, as Vanderbilt’s outfielders gave chase. The one-out shot in a 1-1 count carried over the wall and into the bleachers at Hawkins Field, silencing the sold-out crowd.

The blast was part of a two-hit, two-RBI day for Taylor, who was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round just before the game started. His homer was his second go-ahead bomb in Stanford’s last four games, as he knocked a three-run shot in the eighth inning to help carry the Cardinal past Indiana June 1.

Cal Quantrill and Brant Whiting also had big days for Stanford. Quantrill went 7.0 innings on the mound, while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. The freshman showed a devistating changeup to strike out five Vandy hitters.

Whiting started the game 2-2, before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th round. His second hit, a double, plated two runs to put the Cardinal ahead, 2-1, in the fouth. He followed up being draft by smaking another double to end up with a 3-for-4 outing.

Quantrill was in line for the win after exiting in the eighth, but Vanderbilt rallied to tie the score with two in that frame and another in the ninth. A.J. Vanegas (4-3) finished the game for Stanford, allowing the last three to score, two of which were charged to Quantrill. Vanderbilt evened the score on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, before a ground out to Tommy Edman left three Commodores on base.

Stanford (35-25) had added two insurance runs in the seventh inning. Whiting doubled and came around to score on a Taylor single, then Jack Klein put down a sac bunt and Brett Michael Doran plated Taylor.

Vanderbilt (45-19) starter Carson Fulmer went 6.1 innings, while allowing four runs on seven hits. His fastball ranged between 95-97 miles per hour, as he struck out nine Cardinal. Jared Miller and Brian Miller went 0.2 and 1.0 innings, respectively, out of the bullpen, prior to Ravenelle surrendering the game-ending home run.

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Yankees pick Conde in ninth round

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Yankees pick Conde in ninth round

Posted on 07 June 2014 by Allen

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With their ninth-round selection and the 272nd overall pick, the Yankees chose infielder Vince Conde from Vanderbilt University on Friday.

Conde, a 20-year-old junior who was named a first-team All-SEC shortstop, is still on the field this weekend for Vanderbilt as his club faces off against Stanford, hoping to advance to the College World Series.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 6-foot, 190-pound Conde attended Orangewood Christian (Fla.) High School, where was a high school and summer ball teammate of Dante Bichette Jr., who was the Yankees’ first-round pick (51st overall) in 2011. Conde batted .307 (62-for-202) with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 44 RBIs in 66 games this season at Vanderbilt.

Moving from third base to shortstop this year, Conde was 10-for-12 in stolen-base attempts, working 33 walks and striking out 33 times. He posted a .415 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage, and is rated as a very good defensive player. Conde has listed the Yankees and the Marlins as his favorite baseball teams.

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Tyler Beede drafted by Giants with 14th pick

Tyler Beede drafted by Giants with 14th pick

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

Vanderbilt ace Tyler Beede went to San Fransisco with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft today. Beede only went 8-7 and has a 3.20 ERA this year but was impressive last week when he struck out 14 batters in the Commodores 11-0 win over Xavier in the Nashville Regional at Hawkins field.

The 6’4 right hander consistently throws in the 90s with his fastball and can get up to 97 miles per hour.

By being selected in the first round he carries on a legacy of Vanderbilt pitchers such as Sonny Gray and David Price who have gone in round one in previous years.

Beede will be in action tomorrow against Stanford in the Super Regional and looks to continue his momentum from his dominating performance against Xavier.

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Vandy’s Swanson and Conde named to SEC First Team

Vandy’s Swanson and Conde named to SEC First Team

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Allen

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Kentucky’s A.J. Reed was selected 2014 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Aaron Nola of LSU was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Florida pitcher Logan Shore was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league’s 14 head baseball coaches. The coaches also tabbed Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan SEC Coach of the Year. Seth Heck of Mississippi State was named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Florida brought home the program’s 13th SEC Championship and 22nd Eastern Division title. It was the Gators’ first SEC crown since 2011. O’Sullivan’s three titles (2010-11-14) match Dave Fuller (1948-75) for the most in school history. The Gators have now won the East four times in O’Sullivan’s seven years at the helm (2009-10-11-14).

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The complete 2014 All-SEC Team follows:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR – A.J. Reed, Kentucky
SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Aaron Nola, LSU
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Logan Shore, Florida
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Seth Heck, Mississippi State
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR – Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida

FIRST TEAM
1B – Sikes Orvis, Ole Miss
2B – Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
3B – Austin Anderson, Ole Miss
SS – Vince Conde, Vanderbilt
C – Taylor Gushue, Florida
OF – Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss
OF - Ka’ai Tom, Kentucky
OF – Christin Stewart, Tennessee
DH/UTL – A.J. Reed, Kentucky
P – Aaron Nola, LSU
P – Logan Shore, Florida
RP – Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State

SECOND TEAM
1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
3B – Max Kuhn, Kentucky
SS – Alex Bregman, LSU
C – Will Allen, Ole Miss
OF – Ben Moore, Alabama
OF – Harrison Bader, Florida
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
DH/UTL – Wade Wass, Alabama
P – Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State
P – Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
RP – Joel Seddon, South Carolina

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B – Peter Alonso, Florida
2B – JaVon Shelby, Kentucky
3B – John Sternagel, Florida
SS – Errol Robinson, Ole Miss
C – Gavin Collins, Mississippi State
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF - Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
DH/UTL – Nick Senzel, Tennessee
P – Logan Shore, Florida
P – Keegan Thompson, Auburn
RP – Thomas Burrows, Alabama

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P – Aaron Nola, LSU;
Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
SS – Seth Heck, Mississippi State
3B – Joey Pankake, South Carolina
C – Jake Wise, Arkansas;
Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
OF – Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF – Tanner English, South Carolina
OF - Andrew Stevenson, LSU

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Vandy set to host Selection Show watch party

Vandy set to host Selection Show watch party

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Allen

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The Vanderbilt baseball team will host the team’s annual NCAA Selection Show watch party on Monday at Commodore Grille inside Holiday Inn Vanderbilt with doors opening at 10:45 a.m.

The Commodores await the team’s ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after going 41-18 so far this season. The NCAA will announce the 16 NCAA Regional sites Sunday at approximately 8 p.m. with the full 64-team field being announced on ESPNU beginning at 11 a.m.

Reservations into Vanderbilt’s priority seating system are currently being accepted in the event that Vanderbilt hosts a Regional and/or Super Regional. Only Vanderbilt baseball season ticket holders and National Commodore Club members are eligible to make a reservation at this time. NCC members and season ticket holders may request up to six tickets for each event with a $10 non-refundable deposit. Reservations must be submitted by Tuesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. CT to be included in the priority seating system.

Following an announcement that Vanderbilt will host, the general public will also have the opportunity to place a reservation for tickets. Reservations will only be accepted online on Monday, May 26. Phone and walk-in orders will resume on Tuesday, May 27. Available seats outside of the NCC priority system will likely be in the outfield sections of Hawkins Field.

If Vanderbilt is selected to compete in a Regional on the road, information will be available as it is obtained from the selected host site. The Vanderbilt ticket office is not taking reservations for away tickets at this time. The Vanderbilt ticket office will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Vandy drops Finale 6-3 to Gamecocks

Vandy drops Finale 6-3 to Gamecocks

Posted on 18 May 2014 by Allen

Corbs

No. 18 Vanderbilt gave up four runs in the top of the eighth inning to No. 17 South Carolina to drop the series finale 6-3 Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores (40-16, 17-13) and Gamecocks (42-14, 18-12) entered the eighth inning tied 2-2 in a hard fought pitchers’ duel but the visitors took advantage of Vandy’s mistakes to score four runs in the inning. Reliever Adam Ravenelle walked the leadoff man then made an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to put two runners on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, Ravenelle issued his second walk of the inning and was lifted for Ben Bowden with the bases loaded. The freshman threw one pitch to Kyle Martin, who lined a single up the middle to put South Carolina in front. Brian Miller entered to retire Grayson Greiner but back-to-back singles from Joey Pankake and DC Arendas pushed the Gamecocks’ lead to four runs.

The Vanderbilt offense struggled against South Carolina starter Wil Crowe much of the afternoon. The Dores scratched out a pair of runs in the fourth when Bryan Reynolds lined a double into the left field corner to score Xavier Turner and was followed by a single from Zander Wiel to give the Commodores a 2-1 lead. The fourth inning, however, was the only inning the Dores put a runner on base until John Norwood’s leadoff single in the eighth.

South Carolina came back to tie the game in the sixth against John Kilichowski. The lefty allowed a leadoff single before making an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed the run to score before Ravenelle entered and ended the threat.

Crowe pitched three perfect innings before Vanderbilt struck for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out and Xavier Turner on first base, the Commodores employed a hit and run and Bryan Reynolds lifted a double to left field scoring Turner. Wiel would follow that up with a RBI base hit to left field giving Vandy a one-run lead. Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings of work.

Dansby Swanson and Wiel paced the Commodores with two hits each and one RBI apiece. Marcus Mooney led the Gamecocks with three hits while Pankake and Arendas drove in two runs each.

The Commodores return to action on Tuesday morning in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover, Ala. at 9:30 a.m. as the sixth seed against 11th seeded Tennessee. The Gamecocks will have a bye and seeded fourth in the SEC Tournament. South Carolina will face the winner of No.5 Mississippi State-No. 12 Georgia in the final game on Wednesday night. The tournament is single elimination on Tuesday, double elimination from Wednesday-Friday with single elimination games on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

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Vandy scores 19 runs in blowout win over MTSU

Vandy scores 19 runs in blowout win over MTSU

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Allen

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The Blue Raiders (18-19) gave up three big innings to the Commodores (28-10). VU added four in the first, four in the fourth and 10 in the sixth. The Raiders notched a run on four hits with an error, while Vandy scored 19 runs on 17 hits. Vanderbilt put together seven extra-base hits, while drawing 11 walks.

Senior Hank LaRue drew a pair of walks and Jared Allen scored a run off one hit in the loss. Allen posted his team-leading third triple of the season in the first. Designated hitter Jake Ingold recorded his 25th RBI of the year.

Eight different pitchers saw action on Tuesday. Right-hander Kooper Kessler (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in two frames thrown. Cody Tollison tossed two hitless innings with three strikeouts. Vanderbilt’s Walker Buehler (7-1) won the game with just a run allowed on three hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

In the first, VU jumped out to a four-run lead. Dansby Swanson and Bryan Reynolds scored VU’s first two runs off a pair of wild pitches. The Commodores then roped a pair of back-to-back triples to take a 4-0 lead.

Allen notched his third triple of the year to open the second inning for the Raiders. The junior would score from a RBI groundout by Ingold to cut MT’s deficit to three. MT loaded the bases in the third, but were lefty empty handed.

The Dores added four more runs in the fourth, three from a walk and two from hit batsmen. In the sixth, VU scored 10 runs off eight hits in the sixth to take a 19-1 lead.

Middle Tennessee visits East Carolina for a three-game Conference USA series beginning on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT in Greenville on Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s weekend finale is set for 11 a.m. CT.

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