Monday, March 9, 2009

Week 3 Baseball Notebook

Overall: 9-4; Record for the Week: 4-1

Last Week:
3/3 Vanderbilt 10, Lipscomb 3
3/5 UIC 3, Vanderbilt 2
3/6 Vanderbilt 6, UIC 1
3/7 Vanderbilt 5, UIC 4
3/8 Vanderbilt 12, UIC 7

This Week (Buy Tickets):
3/10 at Lipscomb - 4 p.m. CT at Dugan Field
3/13 vs. Ole Miss - 6 p.m. CT at Hawkins Field
3/14 vs. Ole Miss - 3 p.m. CT at Hawkins Field
3/15 vs. Ole Miss - 1 p.m. CT at Hawkins Field

The pitching staff sported a 2.80 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 13 walks in 45.0 innings … Caleb Cotham improved to a team best 3-0 Saturday after limiting UIC to an unearned run in six innings with just four hits allowed while striking out eight and walking three … Taylor Hill picked up a midweek win over Lipscomb and then pitched 3.1 innings of relief on Sunday against UIC to pick up a save. He gave up three runs on four hits in six innings against the Bison with six strikeouts. Hill then allowed four hits and an unearned run in his stint against the Flames … Preseason All-American recorded his second no-decision of the year against UIC last Thursday. He scattered eight hits over seven innings and allowed just one run while striking out seven and walking two. When he left after the seventh, the game was tied at 1-1 … Drew Hayes had a solid week of relief work, allowing just one hit in four innings with four strikeouts and a walk … Chase Reid also had a strong showing with three innings of three-hit scoreless relief against UIC on Saturday. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

The Commodores hit .307 on the week with eight doubles, a triple, five homers and 35 runs scored (7 per game) ... Steven Liddle recorded a hit in every game of the homestand, and carries a nine game streak into the Lipscomb game on Tuesday ... First baseman Curt Casali went 9-for-16 (.563) with two homers, five RBI and nine runs scored on the week. He walked three times, was hit twice and did not strikeout for a .636 on-base percentage. He has a seven-game hit streak entering Tuesday’s play … Catcher Aaron Westlake went 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBI and four runs scored … Third baseman Jason Esposito went 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, eight RBI (.714 slugging percentage) and six runs scored while also stealing three bases. He also played a flawless third with no errors in 13 opportunities … Freshman Riley Reynolds has a five-game hitting streak … The Commodores made just four errors in the five games for a .979 fielding percentage.

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