Monday, March 29, 2010

Week 6 Vanderbilt Baseball Notebook

by SID

Record Overall: 21-4, 4-2 SEC
Record for the Week: 5-0

Last Week:
3/23: Vanderbilt 10, Lipscomb 4
3/24: Vanderbilt 18, Wright State 2
3/26: Vanderbilt 7, Kentucky 0
3/27: Vanderbilt 2, Kentucky 1 (Game 1)
3/27: Vanderbilt 9, Kentucky 8 (Game 2)

This Week (Buy Tickets):  
3/30: vs. Wofford, 6 p.m. CT
3/31: vs. Wofford, 6 p.m. CT
4/2: at Florida, 5:30 p.m. CT
4/3: at Florida, 3 p.m. CT (TV: SUN)
4/4: at Florida, 12 p.m. CT (TV: SUN)

Vanderbilt went 5-0 on the week at home and has won six in a row entering midweek play against Wofford. VU is now 21-4 overall and 4-2 in the SEC … The Commodores swept Kentucky over the weekend, winning the series for the first time since the 2007 season. The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday to avoid forecasted inclement weather on Sunday.

The Commodore bullpen came up big in the five games, notching two wins while sporting a 2.29 ERA with 21 strikeouts and eight walks in 19.2 innings. Overall the team has a 2.91 ERA, tops in the SEC, with 211 strikeouts and 82 walks in 226.0 innings … Sonny Gray and Corey Williams combined on a five-hit shutout of No. 21 Kentucky in Friday night’s win. Gray held UK to four hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and three walks. Williams came on in the eighth and pitched two innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and a walk. He made three relief appearances on the week and allowed just two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

Chase Reid made two appearances and picked up wins in both and now is tied with Gray for the team lead in wins with four. He started against Lipscomb (3/23) and went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Reid then pitched three innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts against Kentucky (3/27) in the 2-1 win in game one of the doubleheader. On the week he struck out six in eight innings, allowing just a run on six hits.

Drew Hayes threw five innings in two games, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He picked up the win against Wright State, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts … Taylor Hill allowed one run, unearned, in 4.1 innings against UK in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday. Will Clinard threw three innings of two hit relief in two outings, while Russell Brewer did not allow a run of his own in three appearances, hurling 2.2 innings of two hit work with two strikeouts and two walks.

Offensively VU hit .347 with two homers, 12 doubles and 46 runs scored in five games (9 per game) … Andrew Giobbi led the team with a .455 batting average (10-for-22), including a 4-for-5 night against UK in the series finale … Brian Harris was 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, homer, four RBI and eight runs scored. He walked three times, while getting hit six more times for a .600 on base percentage. For the year he has been hit 16 times … Bryan Johns was also 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, three RBI and seven runs scored.

Vanderbilt closes out its seven game home stand with a two game series against Wofford on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Commodores will then head to Florida to take on the Gators next weekend.

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