Monday, April 13, 2009

Week 8 Vanderbilt Baseball Notebook

Overall: 21-13, 7-7 SEC; Record for the Week: 2-1

Last Week:
4/8 Middle Tennessee 8, Vanderbilt 0 (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
4/10 Vanderbilt 9, No. 1 Arkansas 0 (Fayetteville, Ark.)
4/11 Vanderbilt 13, No. 1 Arkansas 6 (Fayetteville, Ark.)

This Week (Buy Tickets):
4/14 vs. Middle Tennessee - 6 p.m. CT
4/15 vs. Morehead State - 6 p.m. CT
4/17 vs. Alabama - 6 p.m. CT
4/18 vs. Alabama - 3 p.m. CT
4/19 vs. Alabama - 1 p.m. CT

The Commodores lost a midweek game at Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, but rebounded with two wins over No. 1 Arkansas over the weekend. The wins were the first over a No. 1 ranked team since VU beat Rice in the season opener in 2007 … The Commodores have now won five straight games against Arkansas dating back to the 2007 SEC Tournament championship game. The series win was the first ever in Fayetteville, as the team was 5-13 in six previous trips … VU won its second straight SEC series and has won four straight league games to even its record at 7-7 for the first time on the year.

The starting duo of Mike Minor and Caleb Cotham held the Razorbacks in check in two games, recording 23 strikeouts with just four walks in 15.0 innings. Minor allowed just four hits in eight innings on Friday with 11 strikeouts and three walks. Cotham carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Saturday, before giving up back-to-back solo homers to end the scoreless run. He ended up allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings with a career-best 12 strikeouts and one walk in his second straight SEC win … As a team, VU sported a 4.15 ERA in three games with 38 strikeouts and eight walks in 26.0 innings.

The Commodores hit .298 on the week with a homer, six doubles and 22 runs scored … Against Arkansas, VU hit .338 and outscored the Razorbacks 22-6 … Freshman Riley Reynolds extended his hit streak to 16 games with a hit in all four games on the week. He went 4-for-8 with two runs and three RBI against Arkansas … Steven Liddle went 4-for-8 with a double, homer, four RBI and three runs scored on the weekend … Curt Casali went 3-for-7 (.429) and Joe Loftus (4-for-10) with a double, two RBI and three runs scored against UA … Jonathan White got the start in all three games in center and went 4-for-12 with a RBI and two runs scored … Jason Esposito stole a career best three bases in the 9-0 win over Arkansas on Friday. He now leads the team with 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts.


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