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Cotham Throws Shutout for
Vanderbilt vs. MTSU
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Ky. - Junior right-hander Caleb Cotham (right) picked a
great time to throw the first-ever complete game shutout for the
Vanderbilt Commodores in 28 NCAA appearances in a 6-0 win over
Middle Tennessee (44-18).
It was the first time in 62 games that the potent Blue Raider
offense has failed to score a run. The loss concludes the most
successful season in school history.
"This was a very important game obviously, an elimination game,"
said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "The performance we got
from Caleb was nothing short of outstanding. I told him he
needed to be Lance Armstrong on a bike in preparation for this
heat, but he went out there and pitched against a very good
hitting team and kept it down."
"I didn't feel my fastball was there early," said
Cotham. "My offspeed stuff was OK and as the game went on, my
fastball and slider started to get better and that really helped
"Throughout the game I was able to throw a decent changeup and
keep the ball down, and that helped out."
regular-season batting champion Aaron Westlake (left) continued
his power surge with a second-inning home run, his ninth, to
give the Commodores a 1-0 lead. Westlake finished with six home
runs for the month.
VU (36-26) added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Steven
Liddle and then broke the game open in the eighth with the big
blow being a screaming line drive over the right field fence
with a runner aboard by Jonathan White to extend his hitting
streak to 11 games.
Andrew Giobbi and Jason Esposito capped the scoring with RBI
hits in the inning.
Cotham (7-5) allowed just four hits and struck out eight batters
with no walks in a career-high nine innings of work. It was the
second consecutive shutout thrown by the Commodores in the
Edwards (8-2) took the loss for MTSU, allowing two runs on three
hits in 5.2 innings with two strikeouts and a walk.
(photos by Jimmy Jones)