by SID (Photo by Steve Green)
Record Overall: 33-12, 10-9 SEC
Record for the Week: 1-1
4/27: Austin Peay 5, Vanderbilt 4
4/30: Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 5
5/7: at LSU, 7 p.m. CT, Baton Rouge
5/8: at LSU (CSS), 6 p.m. CT, Baton Rouge
5/9: at LSU (Cox Sports), 1 p.m. CT, Baton Rouge
Vanderbilt went 1-1 on the rain-shortened week, falling by a run to Austin Peay in Clarksville on Tuesday before pounding Georgia, 17-5, on Friday night … The three game series against the Bulldogs was shortened due to torrential rain in the middle Tennessee area.
The Commodores snapped a three-game losing streak on Friday and scored more runs in that game than they have in five of their first six Southeastern Conference series (Kentucky- 18 in three games). The 17 runs were also the most scored in a conference series opener since scoring 17 against Georgia in 1992.
VU hit .294 on the week with three homers and 18 RBI … Anthony Gomez was 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs scored on the week while Andrew Giobbi was 3-for-8 (.375) with a homer and three RBI.
Curt Casali had a big night Friday, belting a three-run homer along with a two-run double to finish with five RBI in the win. Gomez was 4-for-5 with three runs scored while Brian Harris added two hits and five runs scored from the leadoff spot. Aaron Westlake also added two hits to help lead the 13 hit attack over the Bulldogs.
The pitching staff sported a 3.71 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings of work … Taylor Hill (4-3) pitched eight solid innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks. He recorded his first win since defeating Illinois State on March 6 when he moved to 3-0 on the season. Will Clinard closed the game out allowing two hits in an inning of scoreless relief … Grayson Garvin threw five innings of four-hit shutout baseball in the Tuesday start against Austin Peay.
The Commodores will not play a midweek game while taking finals. The next action will be at defending national champion LSU next weekend.
With the two games cancelled against Georgia, Vanderbilt now has 55 games on the regular season schedule with a maximum of 56 that can be played. The Commodores next scheduled home game will be on Tuesday, May 11 against Louisville at 6 p.m. That contest will be a rematch of last season’s NCAA Louisville Regional championship game.