Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baseball notes from Friday's loss

by Barca Blog (Photo by Jimmy Jones)

Tidbits from Vanderbilt's 16-15 loss to LSU on Friday night:
* Both teams combined for 31 runs, the most ever in a game played between the two schools.

* It was the first time VU has scored 15 runs in a game and lost since an 18-15 decision to Georgia in 1998.

* Thirteen of the Dores' 15 runs came with two outs.

* Vanderbilt was 27-0 on the season when scoring at least 6 runs in a game before the loss to LSU.

* For the fourth consecutive week, Vanderbilt's offense produced 10+ runs in Friday night conference games.

* Freshman standout Anthony Gomez collected four hits for the second consecutive game and third time this year. Gomez belted his first career homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to push the game into extra innings. He leads the nation in batting average for freshmen at .460. In SEC action, he's been just as effective with a .448 average and ranks as the only Dore above .300.

* Sophomore ace Sonny Gray had the shortest outing of his career as a starter, lasting only three innings. He also surrendered seven runs for only the second time in his career.

* Sophomore Joe Loftus had his first three-hit game of the season. Loftus only needed a single to become the first Commodore to hit for the cycle since Clinton Johnston in 1996. He also had a career-best five RBI.

*With the loss, the Commodores (10-10 SEC) dropped from sixth to seventh in the SEC standings. VU holds a two-game lead over Alabama (9-13) and Tennessee (9-13), who are tied for eighth. The top eight teams will earn a trip to Hoover for the conference tournament.
Game 2 of the series will be televised by CSS at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday night. You can also listen to Joe Fisher's radio call on 560 AM and

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