Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Week 11 Vanderbilt Baseball Notebook

Overall: 27-20 10-13 SEC; Record for the Week: 0-3

Last Week
5/1: South Carolina 8, Vanderbilt 5 (Columbia)
5/2: South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 5 (Columbia)
5/3: South Carolina 11, Vanderbilt 3 (Columbia)

This Week
5/5: vs. Belmont (DH) 4 p.m. CT
5/7: at Georgia 6 p.m. CT
5/8: at Georgia (CSS TV) Noon CT
5/9: at Georgia 1 p.m. CT

Vanderbilt went 0-3 on the week losing a weekend series to South Carolina in Columbia … It was the first series loss to the Gamecocks since the 2004 season and first time SC has swept them since 2003. The last four Commodore series this season have ended up in sweeps. VU swept Arkansas (2 games; April 10-11), got swept by Alabama (April 17-18), swept Mississippi State (April 24-26) and got swept at South Carolina (May 1-3).

The Commodores hit .276 in the SC series with four homers, four doubles and 13 runs scored … Steven Liddle went 8-for-13 (.615) with two homers, two RBI and four runs scored … Aaron Westlake was 5-for-10 with a homer, RBI and two runs scored … Jonathan White went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored.

The pitching staff sported a 12.00 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 10 walks in 24.0 innings. The Gamecocks hit .385 with 10 homers and 33 runs in the three games … Nick Christiani gave up an unearned run on one hit in 1.1 innings of relief on Friday … Mark Lamm pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday in his first action since March 18 against Belmont … Jack Armstrong also saw his first action since that Belmont contest, with a scoreless inning on Friday … Russell Brewer closed out the series with an inning of scoreless relief on Sunday. He has now thrown nine consecutive scoreless innings of relief in his last seven appearances … Mike Minor had a string of four consecutive double-digit strikeout starts end when he struck out just one Gamecock on Friday.

VU added a doubleheader against Belmont on Tuesday and will then close out the road portion of the regular season at Georgia over the weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Is it lack of strength or experience causing Vandy hitters to hit fly balls? In my opinion, this season (record) would be much different if the line-up could drive the ball or at least hit ground balls when contact is made.