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Vols beat Vandy 10-9 with walk off single in 9th

Vols beat Vandy 10-9 with walk off single in 9th

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee freshman Nathaniel Maggio delivered a walk-off single to left field on a full count with two outs in the ninth to lift the No. 25 Vols over No. 4 Vanderbilt, 10-9, in a crazy game in Knoxville on Saturday night. The win evens the series between the in-state SEC rivals.

Commodores’ (25-7, 6-5) closer Carson Fulmer was brought in to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the Dores clinging to a 9-8 lead. The right-hander found trouble quick against Scott Price, who was awarded first base on ball four after the home plate umpire ruled Fulmer licked his hand and went straight to the baseball prompting an automatic ball. Fulmer rebounded to get the out at second base on an attempted sacrifice bunt and struck out Taylor Smart for the second out. Fulmer then walked Christin Stewart and hit pinch hitter Tyler Schultz to load the bases. Nathaniel Maggio ended the game with a two-run single to left on a 3-2 pitch as Bryan Reynolds’ throw home was just high enough to allow the winning run to slide under Jason Delay’s tag.

The game was a wild and ugly game for much of the night as the two teams played for nearly four hours and combined for eight errors. The Commodores looked to be in control in the fourth inning after scoring two runs to take a 5-2 lead but the Volunteers (20-9, 4-7) rallied for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take their first lead of the night.

Vanderbilt bounced back immediately in the fifth with four runs. Dansby Swanson led off the inning with a walk and Bryan Reynolds reached on an error. After a Vince Conde single loaded the bases, Nolan Rogers pushed the first run of the inning across with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jason Delay then delivered a pinch hit two-run double to tie the game before John Norwood capped the rally with a RBI-single to center field to put VU back in front.

Given the lead, Hayden Stone settled in in relief, working three scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Brian Miller, who worked a scoreless eighth inning.

Vanderbilt matched the team’s season-high with five errors in the game as Tennessee took advantage of the mistakes with six unearned runs on the night.

Conde set career-bests with four hits, three runs scored and two stolen bases to lead Vandy. The junior blasted his second home run of the season with a solo shot to straight away center field in the fourth and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Xavier Turner pushed his hitting streak to 19 games with his first career home run in the third inning. Swanson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single in the third as well.

Fulmer took his first loss of the season after giving up the winning run in the ninth. Vanderbilt starter Jared Miller could not get out of the fourth inning with the lefty allowing seven runs, two earned, on six hits in three-plus innings. Stone turned in four solid innings of relief allowing one unearned run on one hit. Bret Marks picked up the win by recording the final two outs of the ninth inning for Tennessee.

The two teams square off in the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT. The Commodores turn to right-hander Tyler Ferguson with the Volunteers handing the ball to right-handed freshman Kyle Serrano.

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Vandy takes Series from UK with 6-2 win

Vandy takes Series from UK with 6-2 win

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Allen

TimCorbin

Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt used a two-run home run from John Norwood in the bottom of the fifth inning and got a great pitching performance from Tyler Ferguson to post a 6-2 win over No. 17 Kentucky in the rubber match of the series, on a perfect Sunday afternoon in front of 2,869 at Charles Hawkins Field.

Kentucky (19-9, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) and Vanderbilt battled in a series that marked the first time in UK history that the Wildcats have faced top-five teams in back-to-back weekends, with rankings dating back to 2003. Last weekend UK won a series vs. No. 1 South Carolina in Lexington, before traveling to No. 5 Vanderbilt for its third weekend of SEC play. After UK won the series opener on Friday in Nashville, 4-2, the Dores evened up the series with a 9-3 win on Saturday.

The Wildcats got the rubber match scoring started in the top of the third inning, before Norwood cranked a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth for a lead. Vanderbilt then got a leadoff double and an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead. UK rallied with a run in the top of the seventh to chase Ferguson but a three-base error and three hits for the Dores in the eighth inning stretched the lead to 6-2. The Dores used a combination of flame-throwing righties Adam Ravanelle and Carson Fulmer in relief to clinch the win.

UK starter Andrew Nelson (1-2) worked 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and three runs, walking three and striking out two. Nelson carried a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the fifth inning, before Norwood struck for the go-ahead homer.

Nelson was relieved an out shy of a quality start in the sixth inning by freshman lefty Logan Salow, who got an out to strand the runner. Salow worked an inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. Freshman righty Zack Brown came on with a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting one out. Sophomore Dylan Dwyer entered in a jam in the eighth inning with runners on the corners and no outs. Dwyer got two outs, allowing one hit and one unearned run. Spencer Jack came on to get the final out of the eighth.

UK was led offensively by a career-high 3-for-3 game from freshman JaVon Shelby, who added a double. UK got singles from Kyle Barrett, Austin Cousino, Max Kuhn and Micheal Thomas, with Ka’ai Tom singling twice.

Ferguson (5-0) worked over six innings, allowing six hits and two runs, not issuing a walk and striking out five. He was replaced with a runner on first and no outs by Ravennelle, who got out of the jam with three quick outs. Ravenelle worked 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, striking out one. Fulmer got the final four outs of the game, including stranding the game-tying run at third with two outs in the eighth, to pick up his eighth save of the year.

UK will return to action on Tuesday, hosting No. 10 Louisville for a 6 p.m. ET first pitch at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be televised live on the UK IMG Network, with Dick Gabriel, Doug Flynn and Brian Milam calling the action. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price, calling the game.

Kentucky got on the board first in the top of the third inning, starting with a one-out single from Shelby, who drilled a 94 mph fastball up the middle. Barrett followed with a single into left-centerfield, with Shelby taking third and Barrett called out on a bang-bang play at second base. With Cousino at the plate, Ferguson tried to pickoff Shelby at third base, with the throw going down the leftfield line to allow Shelby to score the first run of the game. Cousino then singled to leftfield to make the run earned and after a stolen base was left stranded at second base.

Vanderbilt (23-6, 5-4 SEC) took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Jason Delay singled to rightfield with one out. John Norwood then drilled the first pitch of the at-bat over the left-centerfield fence for his first homer of the year and a 2-1 VU lead.

Vanderbilt added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Dansby Swanson cranked a double off the 40-foot wall in leftfield, taking third on a productive groundout to the right side. With the infield in and one out, Vince Conde drilled a RBI single to leftfield to score Swanson.

The Wildcats got a run back in the top of the seventh inning as Thomas led off with a single to centerfield. After a throwing error on a pickoff attempt moved Thomas to second base, Tom singled down the rightfield line to score Thomas and cut the lead to 3-2. Wilson then laid down a bunt, with Ravenelle attempting to go to second to get the lead runner on a bang-bang play that prompted an argument from UK head coach Gary Henderson. Reida then hit into an inning-ending double play.

UK had its best chance to even up the game in the top of the eighth inning as UK got singles from Shelby and Kuhn off Ravenelle with two outs. That brought up A.J. Reed – the SEC leader in RBI – to the plate to face Fulmer, who dropped two breaking balls in for strikes, before painting the inside corner with a 95 mph fastball.

Vanderbilt mounted a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the speedy Swanson singled on a ball chopped off the plate, with Kuhn appearing to have to call a fair catch to wait on the ball to come into his glove. Bryan Reynolds then faked a sacrifice bunt, before slashing a ball up the middle with the UK defense crashing on the bunt, allowing Swanson to take third base with no outs. UK turned to Dwyer, who allowed a single off the diving glove of Tom in leftfield. Zander Wiel then laid down a sacrifice bunt, with UK’s throw going into rightfield for a three-base error, allowing two more runs to score.

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Vandy takes doubleheader from LSU

Vandy takes doubleheader from LSU

Posted on 15 March 2014 by Allen

Jared Miller

After falling to LSU late Friday the Commodores came alive Saturday as freshman right-hander Hayden Stone recorded 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings Saturday, and leftfielder Bryan Reynolds drove in three runs to lead third-ranked Vanderbilt to a 9-3 win over LSU and a sweep of an SEC doubleheader.

The Commodores posted a 5-3 win in Game 1 behind a superb outing by starting pitcher Jared Miller. Vandy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back. In the second game the Dores went ahead 3-0 in the second and kept the runs coming throughout the night to take the doubleheader.

Vanderbilt improved to 18-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC, while LSU, also ranked as high as No. 3 in the college baseball polls, fell to 17-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Vince Conde wrapped up a big series going 4-for-7 with three RBI in the doubleheader to help lead the Commodores, who collected 21 hits and scored 14 runs in the double dip. Reynolds posted a big day with four hits and four RBI and Swanson collected four hits and two RBI from the leadoff spot.

The Commodores return to action Tuesday at Belmont with first pitch set for 4 p.m. at Rose Park.

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Commodores Sweep Winthrop with 4-1 Win Sunday

Commodores Sweep Winthrop with 4-1 Win Sunday

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Allen

TimCorbin

Despite Winthrop’s right hander Joey Strain pitching six scoreless innings, Vanderbilt came out on top with a 4-1 win in Nashville this afternoon to get the sweep of the weekend series.

Strain pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on just six hits while taking the loss and dropping to 2-3 on the year. Jason Driver came in to close in the eighth and gave up one run on two hits. Vanderbilt’s Tyler Ferguson gave up one run on seven hits in seven innings and earned the win.

The Dores went up 2-0 in the fifth inning with runs from Rhett Wiseman and Vince Conde who both hit singles. Wiseman scored after Chris Harvey reached on fielder’s choice and advanced to second off a throwing error from Chad Smith. Conde came home on the next play, a flyout to left field from Kyle Smith.

Winthrop cut the lead to just one in the seventh, on a run from John Menken who scored off a wild pitch from Ferguson. Menken hit a double to left field and advanced to third on a throwing error from Ferguson.

Vanderbilt tacked on two more in the eighth with an RBI single from Bryan Reynolds that brought John Norwood home and a flyout from Zander Wiel that allowed Dansby Swanson to score.

Vanderbilt will return to the diamond on Tuesday night against Eastern Illinois at Hawkins Field.

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Commodores shut out Winthrop 5-0

Commodores shut out Winthrop 5-0

Posted on 08 March 2014 by Allen

Jared Miller

Jared Miller held Winthrop to six straight scoreless innings, giving up only five hits, and earning the win for the Commodores who went on to shut out the Eagles, 5-0 with a little help from relievers Hayden Stone and Brian Miller.

Bryan Reynolds went four for five on the night, including an RBI single, a triple, and scored three runs to help lead the Commodores to victory. Vanderbilt got on the board with 2 in the first inning and added two more in the second to go up 4-0 and they never looked back.

Winthrop senior TJ Olesczuk went two for three on the day, with Brad Kazcka also getting two hits while Babe Thomas registered one in the losing effort.

Vandy and Winthrop will meet tomorrow at 1 in the last game of the series with Tyler Ferguson taking the mound for the Commodores.

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Commodores top Winthrop 9-1

Commodores top Winthrop 9-1

Posted on 08 March 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

Vanderbilt baseball took advantage of a strong performance from ace Tyler Beede and had no problem getting on base as the Dores took the series opener against Winthrop, 9-1, Friday night at Hawkins field in Nashville.

Beede held the Eagles to seven scoreless innings, while earning the win for the Commodores and improving to 4-0 on the year. Left handed pitcher Sam Kmiec took the loss for the Eagles pitching three innings and giving up five runs on seven hits. Brock Goodling and Travis Shelley also came into the game for the Eagles and gave up four runs on eight hits.

Winthrop’s lone run came in the top of the third when Leighton Daniels hammered a home run to left field. It was only the second home run that the Commodores have given up this season. Brad Kaczka and John Menken had the other two hits for the Eagles.

Vanderbilt started off the game with one run in the first inning, followed with two runs in both the third and fourth innings and brought it home with four in the seventh. Dansby Swanson and Xavier Turner lead the Commodores with four hits each.

Chris Harvey went 3 for 4 on the day and led the scoring charge in the fourth as Vandy 2 and then added 4 more insurance runs in the seventh.

The teams will play again today at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Jared Miller (3-0, 0.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Commodores and face-off against Joey Strain (2-1, 2.45 ERA) for Winthrop.

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Vandy beats MTSU 4-3

Vandy beats MTSU 4-3

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Allen

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Four Blue Raider relievers combined for seven scoreless innings, but the Middle Tennessee baseball team was unable to overcome four early runs in a 4-3 loss to No. 6 Vanderbilt on Wednesday at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. The Dores rallied for four runs over the first two innings and held off Middle Tennessee State at Reese Smith Field to win 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Freshman Will Small and sophomore Heath Slatton each tossed three innings of scoreless relief for the Blue Raiders, while senior Cody Tollison and sophomore Garrett Ring combined to hold Vanderbilt off the board in the ninth.

Vandy Freshman John Kilichowski and Carson Fulmer combined for six scoreless innings that sealed the victory. Kilichowski entered in the fourth inning in relief of starter T.J. Pecoraro and immediately found himself in trouble after a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt put the tying run on second base. But the lanky lefty responded by getting the next two batters looking at strike three to end the threat. The Blue Raiders threatened again in the fifth putting a runner on third with two outs but Kilichowski forced Jake Ingold to foul out to first to end the inning.

Junior LF Jared Allen tallied his third multi-hit game in his last four contests, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Junior 2B Austin Bryant tallied the other RBI for the Raiders.

Vanderbilt jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first in a bizarre inning that included a dropped popup being turned into a fielder’s choice, and the third out being made when starter Nathan Foriest stepped off and caught a runner stealing home.

Allen’s RBI triple in the bottom of the frame would pull MT to within a run before two more scored for the Commodores in the top of the second. The Blue Raiders would tally a single run in both the second and third on RBI singles by Bryant and Allen.

The final six innings would feature chances for both teams, but the score through three innings would prove to be the final.

Foriest was charged with the loss, falling to 0-1. Vanderbilt’s T.J. Pecoraro got the win, while Carson Fulmer picked up a three-inning save.

The Blue Raiders return to action on Friday for their first-ever Conference USA, facing UAB at 6:30 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala., to open a three-game series.

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Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech was on fire coming into Nashville to play the Commodores this afternoon. Tech had won 10 straight and was coming off a three game sweep of Northwestern over the weekend. But Walker Buehler had the right stuff this afternoon as he picked up the shutout win 4-0.

The Golden Eagles (11-2) entered Tuesday’s game hitting .335 as a team with a streak of seven straight games with at least 10 hits. Vandy starter Walker Buehler attacked the Tech lineup working a perfect first inning before pitching himself into trouble in the second. The sophomore struck out the first batter of the second and followed it up with three straight walks to load the bases. But his defense picked him up with Vince Conde fielding a ground ball, stepping on second and firing to first for an inning-ending double play.

Buehler issued a leadoff walk to start the seventh and freshman Hayden Stone was summoned from the bullpen to keep the Commodores’ (11-2) 3-0 lead intact. The right-hander dominated in his longest outing as a Commodore, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth. Back out for the ninth, Stone fanned the first two batters of the inning before getting the final out on a pop up to shortstop to seal the Dores’ third shutout of the season and notch his first career save. Vanderbilt’s three shutouts this season already match last season’s total.

The offense scratched out a run in the second inning when Xavier Turner led off with a single and moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Nolan Rogers delivered the first run of the game with a groundout to second base for a 1-0 VU lead. After back-to-back doubles from Turner and Vince Conde in the fourth inning it was Rogers at the plate with another opportunity and the freshman delivered again with a run-scoring groundout. Chris Harvey tacked on a second run in the inning with a single to center. Zander Wiel put an exclamation point on the night with his first home run of the season, a solo blast off the left field scoreboard.

Wiel and Turner led the way with two hits each in the win. Buehler earned the win with six-plus innings of work allowing only two hits to go along with three strikeouts. Stone struck out eight and allowed only a single in three innings for his first collegiate save.

Tennessee Tech starter Jacob Honea took the loss allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings.

Vanderbilt returns to action tomorrow night at Middle Tennessee State with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Tech will return home to play Friday in Cookeville against Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m.

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Vanderbilt sweeps Stanford with 4-2 win

Vanderbilt sweeps Stanford with 4-2 win

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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Stanford rallied to tie Vanderbilt, 2-2, in the seventh inning but the Commodores pushed two runs across in the eighth to finish a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

The Cardinal (4-7) broke through when an Alex Dunlap single and two walks loaded the bases to start the seventh. Wayne Taylor delivered a sac fly to center for Stanford’s first run, before two more walks plated the tying tally.

Danny Diekroeger drew the RBI walk to even the score after falling behind 1-2 in the count to Vanderbilt (10-2) reliever Carson Fulmer. It was one of three walks on the day for the senior first baseman.

The Stanford pitching staff could not find the strike zone in the eighth inning with the Commodores drawing four walks. Nolan Rogers’ walk forced in Zander Wiel, who had reached on a walk after the catcher dropped a foul pop up, to put the home team in front to stay. John Norwood added an insurance run the hard way when the first pitch he saw hit him in the back.

In rainy and cold conditions, Stanford pitchers Cal Quantrill and Marcus Brakeman held Vanderbilt to two runs on four hits through the first eight innings. Quantrill gave up the four hits and two runs, although only one run was earned, while striking out four and walking four in the first five innings.

Brakeman (0-2) came on with two runners on in the sixth and nobody out and worked the Cardinal out of the inning with only one Vanderbilt run coming across. He kept the Vandy lead to 2-0, as Stanford’s bats struggled to get started through the first six innings off of Tyler Ferguson (3-0).

Tyler Thorne relieved Brakeman with one out and one run already in during the eighth. He hit a batter that led to a run but got two outs, including a strikeout, to get Stanford back to the dugout.

Dunlap finished the day with two hits to bring his season average to .500 (7-14). Blandino and Slater, who is on a career-long nine game hitting streak, also registered two hits.

The Cardinal rallied to load the bases in the top of the ninth, before a fly out to right field off the bat of Blandino ended it.

Vanderbilt returns to action Tuesday at Hawkins Field when Tennessee Tech visits. The Commodores will also play on Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State before welcoming Winthrop for the final non-conference weekend series.

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Vanderbilt beat Stanford 4-1

Vanderbilt beat Stanford 4-1

Posted on 01 March 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede had it going last night producing 7 strong innings to top Stanford 4-1 at Hawkins Field.

After Vanderbilt lost their first two games this week Beede was looking to get his team back into the win column and turned in his longest outing of the season with seven strong innings to earn the win. The right-hander worked a 1-2-3 first inning but ran into trouble in the second when Cardinal (4-5) cleanup hitter Austin Slater singled to leadoff the inning. Beede added his first walk of the game to put two runners aboard for catcher Brant Whiting, who botched a sacrifice bunt attempt with a bunt back to Beede who fired to third for the first out of the inning. The right-hander snuffed out the threat when Dansby Swanson and Zander Wiel turned an inning-ending double play.

The Commodores answered in support of their starter in the bottom of the second when freshman Bryan Reynolds lined a double into the left-center field gap and reached third on an error to leadoff the frame. Vince Conde immediately capitalized on the opportunity with a sacrifice fly to put the Dores in front. Vandy added runs in the third on a Xavier Turner RBI-groundout and Chris Harvey hit-and-run single to center field that scored Nolan Rogers from first base. In the fifth, Swanson padded the lead once again with his first career home run off the light pole in left field to make it 4-1 Vanderbilt.

The Vanderbilt offense again put forth a team effort with eight different Commodores recording hits in the win. Swanson reached base three times and extended his team-best hitting streak to 10 games with the round tripper in the fifth. Slater paced Stanford with two of the team’s four hits.

Beede notched his third win of the season allowing one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The junior finished the game retiring 11 of the final 13 batters he faced. Carson Fulmer earned his third save of the season working the final two innings and striking out three. On Fulmer’s first batter he faced to open the eighth inning, home plate umpire Scott Erby was knocked out when an errant pitch struck him in the face. After several minutes down on the field, Erby left under his own power.

Stanford (4-5) starter Brett Hanewich (0-1) worked out of trouble throughout the evening, much like he had done in his previous two starts. The freshman entered with a .188 batting average against with runners on and held Vanderbilt to 1-8.

Daniel Starwalt, Chris Castellanos and A.J. Vanegas combined to keep Vanderbilt off the board over the final three innings. Starwalt went 1.2 innings, Castellanos got an out in the seventh and Vanegas worked a perfect eighth.

The Cardinal will be back at Hawkins Field tomorrow looking for Mark Marquess’ 1,500th career win.

The Commodores and Cardinal resume their three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Junior Jared Miller gets the nod for the home team against Stanford freshman Chris Viall.

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Western Kentucky upsets No. 4 Vanderbilt 3-2

Western Kentucky upsets No. 4 Vanderbilt 3-2

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Allen

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WKU Baseball scored three runs in the first five innings at No. 4 Vanderbilt Tuesday night and the Hilltoppers (6-2) would never relinquish their lead as they took down the Commodores 3-2 for their highest-ranked win in program history.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Josh Bartley tossed a career-high six innings and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, holding a Vanderbilt (7-1) offense averaging seven runs a game to three hits and two runs. Bartley retired 13-straight batters between the first and fifth innings and struck out a career high four batters. Bartley picked up the third win of his career, which have all come against Top 10 nationally ranked teams.

WKU has now defeated eight Top 25 teams since 2008, five of which have been ranked Top 10. No. 4 Vanderbilt represents the highest ranked team the Hilltoppers have ever defeated. Head coach Matt Myers has been at the helm for four of those wins, as WKU has knocked off No. 8 Louisville, No. 8/No. 24 Kentucky and now No. 4 Vanderbilt.

Senior second baseman Scott Wilcox and freshman Hunter Wood provided the offensive spark early, with both rapping out two hits and combining for three RBI in the first five innings. Wilcox finished the night 2-of-5 at the plate with two RBI, marking his 50th career multiple hit game and 13th career multi-RBI effort.

The Hilltoppers held Vanderbilt scoreless until the sixth inning when the Commodores plated a pair of runs via Xander Wiel’s two-run double to left field. WKU ran into a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning after four walks from the Hilltopper bullpen, but junior Brandon Allen popped Bryan Reynolds up to first baseman Ryan Church to get WKU out of the frame unscathed.

Allen retired two more batters in the eighth before junior closer Ian Tompkins came in to shut the door on the Commodores. Tompkins, a NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List member, struck out Ro Coleman to end the eighth and took the Commodores down in order during the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year. Tompkins leads the Sun Belt Conference with four saves and has not surrendered an earned run in his last 10 appearances dating back to April 28, 2013.

Sophomore Trevor Lowe continued his hot streak at the plate with another career-high tying three hits, finishing his night 3-of-4 with a run scored. Junior Philip Diedrick recorded a pair of hits as well, including his first career triple.

The Hilltoppers pounded out 10 hits versus a Vanderbilt pitching staff that entered the game holding batters to a .139 batting average. WKU did not record an error for the third- consecutive game and has now strung together four-straight games with 10 hits or more.

WKU puts its 6-2 record to the test against stiff competition this weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic, as the Hilltoppers face East Carolina Friday, Ohio State Saturday and Pittsburgh on Sunday in Greenville, N.C. For more information on WKU Baseball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUBaseball or visit WKUSports.com.

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Vandy shutouts Illinois-Chicago 2-0

Vandy shutouts Illinois-Chicago 2-0

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen

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UIC Sophomore Ian Lewandowski allowed just five hits and two runs in 6.2 innings against ninth-ranked Vanderbilt (6-0) on Saturday afternoon, but the two Vandy scores in the seventh frame proved to be the difference maker as UIC (3-3) fell 2-0.

The Vandy bats were cold and did not score until the seventh inning when the team strung together four hits to get on the board.

UIC had opportunities to score as runners reached third base in the second, fourth and sixth frames as the Flames left eight stranded throughout the day. In the top of the ninth inning, senior Alex Jurich was walked on four straight pitches and was then advanced to second after a single by McNamara with just one out. Vanderbilt closer Carson Fulmer struck out the final two UIC batters for the save and the Vandy win.

Vanderbilt’s pitching staff has now allowed six runs, two earned, through 54 innings for a 0.33 team ERA. The staff’s control has also been impressive with only 10 walks and 57 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit only .134.

The Commodores and Flames wrap up their three-game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m. Sophomore Tyler Ferguson gets the ball for the Dores against UIC right-hander Jack Andersen.

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Commodores Baseball blows out Illinois-Chicago 14-1

Commodores Baseball blows out Illinois-Chicago 14-1

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen

Tyler Beede

No. 9 Vanderbilt fired on all cylinders Friday night at Hawkins Field in a 14-1 blowout victory over Illinois-Chicago.

The game started off the right way for the Flames (3-2) with Tyler Detmer belting a two-out solo homer to left field. That home run, however, would be the last UIC batter to reach base until the sixth inning. Vanderbilt (5-0) starter Tyler Beede settled down after the round tripper to sit down 15 straight Flames hitters. The junior rolled through the lineup, striking out 10 batters during his streak of 15 straight to match his career-best. The right-hander ended his night with his 11th strikeout to wrap up the sixth inning and set a new career-high. Beede’s 11 strikeouts are the most for a VU pitcher since Kevin Ziomek fanned 10 against Alabama last May.

While Beede settled into a groove on the mound, the Commodores’ hitters settled in at the plate. The Dores took the lead in the second with three runs and scored in all but two of their eight at-bats on the night. The team pounded out a season-best 19 hits to match last year’s season-best total. The team’s 19 hits came from 10 different Commodores with six Dores posting multi-hit games. Dansby Swanson, Bryan Reynolds and Chris Harvey led the way with three-hit games, a career-best for all three players.

Swanson took over the game in the fourth when he singled in a run, stole two bases and came around to score on Xavier Turner’s single. Reynolds hit his first collegiate home run and the Commodores’ first home run of the season in the eighth inning with a solo shot to the right-center field bleachers. The home run ignited a three-run rally that was capped off by Kyle Smith’s two-run double off the left field wall. Smith ended the night a perfect 2-for-2 off the bench.

Sophomore Rhett Wiseman made his 2014 debut going 2-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Nolan Rogers posted a pair of singles and fellow freshman Karl Ellison made his collegiate debut smacking the first pitch he saw to center field for a single. Freshman lefty Ben Bowden also made his debut with two scoreless innings of relief.

Vanderbilt’s offensive outburst was aided by Illinois-Chicago’s six errors, including the Flames’ three errors in the second inning. UIC starter Tomas Michelson was pegged with the loss allowing nine runs, five earned, on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. Reliever Brian Evak gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits over the final 3.2 innings.

The Commodores and Flames play tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field with lefty Jared Miller (1-0) starting for the Dores against right-hander Ian Lewandowski (1-0).

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Vandy beats Lipscomb 5-1

Vandy beats Lipscomb 5-1

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Allen

Corbs

A solid starting pitching debut from Ian Martinez-McGraw kept the Lipscomb baseball squad in the game against No. 9 Vanderbilt, but in the end the Dores pitching staff prevailed in a 5-1 contest at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

“We don’t want to get into ‘moral’ victories,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “But we did make some strides tonight and we corrected a few things. Vandy is going to give a lot of teams a hard time.”

Hitting the road for the first time this season, Martinez-McGraw got his first starting nod for the Purple and Gold. The newcomer debuted his knuckleball and was able to keep the Vandy offense off balance for much of the night. The Pueblo, Colo. native tossed all eight innings for the Bisons (0-4) giving up three earned runs and seven hits while walking four and fanning three.

“I’m excited about what Ian did and that our defense played better than we played last weekend,” said Forehand. “Offensively, we knew what kind of game it was going to be today. We knew that runs were going to be limited because they pitch so well. “

The Commodores (4-0) took advantage of a Bison miscue in the first inning to get on the scoreboard right away. A high popup in shallow left center was unable to be corralled by Lipscomb shortstop Grant Massey and when the dust settled, Xavier Turner was standing on third base. That set the table for Zander Wiel and the first baseman delivered a single to right to open the scoring.

Lipscomb would also take advantage of a miscue in the next half inning as junior designated hitter Josh Lee reached on a throwing error before sophomore third baseman Austin Sistrunk singled through the right side to put runners on the corner.

A Massey walk loaded the bases for the Bisons and sophomore centerfielder Geordie Carlson hit a ground ball that scored Lee and pulled the game even 1-1.

Vandy did not take long to respond as Martinez-McGraw hit a rough patch in the third as VU loaded the bases with a bunt single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk. A single up the middle put the Commodores back in front 2-1 before a sac fly gave Vandy a two-run advantage after three complete.

The Dores would then score lone runs in the fifth and eighth innings giving the deep pitching staff all the insurance it would need.

Walker Buehler earned the win on the hill tossing five full innings and allowing four hits and one unearned run. The sophomore walked two and struck out six. The Vandy bullpen then played shutdown baseball without allowing a walk or hit for the Bisons in the final four innings of action.

The Bisons return home this weekend to Dugan Field hosting the “Mule Mix Classic” as Indiana State, Dayton and Miami (Ohio) come to the Music City. The round-robin event co-hosted by Belmont and Middle Tennessee gets underway at Dugan Field on Friday at 4 p.m. as the Bisons host Indiana State.

“We’re trying to be 1-0,” said Forehand. “We’ll try to be 1-0 on Friday and just continue to build this team in the way that we’ve prepped it so far. The strides we made tonight make me excited to want to come back Friday and see what happens.”

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