Overall: 11-6; Record for the Week: 2-2
3/10 Vanderbilt 22, Lipscomb 4
3/13 Ole Miss 9, Vanderbilt 3
3/15 Ole Miss 6, Vanderbilt 1 (Gm1)
3/15 Vanderbilt 7, Ole Miss 6 (Gm2)
This Week (Buy Tickets):
3/17 vs. South Alabama - 4 p.m. CT at Hawkins Field
3/18 vs. Belmont - 6 p.m. CT at Hawkins Field
3/20 at Kentucky - 5:30 p.m. CT at Cliff Hagan Stadium
3/21 at Kentucky - Noon CT at Cliff Hagan Stadium
3/22 at Kentucky - Noon CT at Cliff Hagan Stadium
Vanderbilt went 2-2 on the week and opened Southeastern Conference play with a series loss to Ole Miss over the weekend … It was the first SEC opening weekend loss since the 2005 campaign. The Commodores 9-3 loss on Friday was the first in an SEC opener since the 2004 season at Ole Miss and the first in a SEC home opener since the 2002 season (Georgia) … VU opened the week with a 22-4 win over Lipscomb, it marked the first time the Commodores scored over 20 runs in a game in Tim Corbin’s tenure and was the first time since defeating Yale 22-5 in 2000.
1B Curt Casali led the team with a 5-for-12 (.417) showing with a homer, double and six RBI … SS Brian Harris was 5-for-17 (.357) with two doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored. He went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader against Ole Miss on Sunday including three RBI in the 7-6 win in the finale … Aaron Westlake went 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles and four RBI … Steven Liddle extended his hit streak to 13 games and hit .313 (5-for-16) with three runs scored. He hit his first collegiate homer against Lipscomb on Tuesday … DH Joe Loftus proved to be a on-base monster as he started in all four games on the week and walked nine times with one strikeout (.733 on base percentage). He also hit 2-for-6 (.333) and was second on the team with six runs scored on the week … As a team VU hit .305 with three homers and 33 runs scored.
The pitching staff sported a 6.47 ERA in four games with 36 strikeouts and 18 walks in 32.0 innings … Freshman right-hander Sonny Gray helped salvage the final game of the Ole Miss series pitching 3.2 innings in relief and picked up his first collegiate win. He struck out three and walked two and allowed his first run of the year on two hits … Drew Hayes pitched 3.2 innings of hitless relief in the win over Lipscomb. He struck out five and walked two to pick up his first win of the year … Chase Reid pitched 2.0 innings of one-hit scoreless relief in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday … The starters did not fare well during the week as Caleb Cotham had the longest outing in the four games with five innings of action.