Minor gives major
effort for Vanderbilt at Georgia
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Georgia--Mike Minor (left) struck out 12 and limited the potent
Georgia Bulldogs offense to just five hits in nine innings in a
dominant performance in a 9-2 victory Saturday to spoil Senior
Day for a large and festive crowd at Foley Field and in the
process ensured a series win for the Vanderbilt Commodores
(12-13 SEC, 31-20).
For the second day in a row the Commodore offense posted four
runs before the Bulldogs (14-12, 33-17) could get to the plate
with Brian Harris as their catalyst. Harris worked his way on
with a walk and was moved over on a perfectly placed bunt by
Riley Reynolds that he beat out for a hit.
Steven Liddle's ground ball moved both runners and first baseman
Curt Casali knocked in Harris with a single to left.
Aaron Westlake hit a blistering drive down the third base line
that Bulldog infielder Colby May dove and got a glove on but
couldn't control for the second run of the inning, the 43rd RBI
of the year for the Redding, California native.
A wild pitch by Georgia starter Alex McRee
(right) advanced the runners
before Joe Esposito plated both Casali and Westlake to make the
Harris hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season, to lead
off the second and Esposito and Andrew Giobbi each hit a
sacrifice fly to bump the score to 7-0 in the third.
Minor (5-4) meanwhile, was mowing down the Bulldogs and did not
allow a hit until Colby May hit solid line drive into left field
to lead off the Bulldog fourth. Joey Lewis broke up the shutout
with a double into the corner to score May.
The Bulldogs offensive frustration continued through the seventh
inning and through the first hitter of the eighth before Levi
Hyams, a freshman, singled into right field.
Bulldog coach David Perno went to the bench for pinch hitter
Zach Cone and the freshman made him look good with a ringing
triple to score Hyams to make the score 7-2.
Minor ended the threat by striking out Matt Cerione and May to
strand the runner and the Bulldogs would not mount another rally
in the game.
The Commodores scored two in the ninth to account for the final
Georgia's McRee (4-2) was saddled with the loss on eight hits
and seven earned runs in six innings of work. He struck out five
and issued two free passes.
Westlake hiked his average to .394 with another three hit effort
for the Commodores. Casali also contributed three hits and
Harris and Reynolds added two apiece to the hit parade.
Junior Drew Hayes (4-2, 4.22 ERA) will take the hill for
Vanderbilt to try and complete the sweep.
Right-hander Justin Grimm (2-3, 4.42) will try and stop a nine
game losing streak for the Bulldogs.
(photos courtesy of Jimmy Jones)