March 27, 2010
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Around the Bases
Runs early, relief
pitching late lead to Vanderbilt victory
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Tenn.--The Vanderbilt Commodores scored all the runs they needed
with two in the first inning and Taylor Hill, Chase Reid,
Russell Brewer and Richie Goodenow (left) made them stand up to
clinch the SEC series against the Kentucky Wildcats in a twi-night
doubleheader on Saturday at Hawkins Field.
Brian Harris started the rally for the Commodores (3-2, 20-4)
with a base hit past the third baseman and he was moved to third
on a single by sophomore Aaron Westlake. Both runners advanced
on a passed ball by Wildcat catcher Marcus Nidiffer to make it
Andrew Giobbi plated Westlake with a clutch two-out drive into
right field for the second run of the game.
Kentucky (1-4, 15-7) came back to cut the lead in half on a run
in the fourth. First baseman Gunner Glad got things going with a
one-out base hit and advanced to second when Keenan Wiley was
struck by a pitch by VU starter Hill on a 1-1 count.
Nidiffer reached on a ball that he hit off the end of the bat
that Hill reached in plenty of time but could not account for
the spin and dropped it in the motion of throwing to load the
Andy Burns' sacrifice fly to right field cut the lead to 2-1.
The Wildcats squandered the rally by stranding two runners when
Taylor Black went down swinging on three straight pitches to end
escaped again in the fifth when Chad Wright (right) led off with
a triple for the Wildcats. Neiko Johnson hit a shallow fly ball
for the first out that Wright had to stay put on.
Chris Bisson and Cody Farris drew walks to load the bases and VU
coach Tim Corbin went to the bullpen to bring in Reid.
Reid made his manager look good by striking out Glad and then
induced a ground ball out off the bat of Wiley to get out the
Commodores out of the inning with their lead intact.
Kentucky's frustration continued in the ninth as they stranded
runners at first and third when Goodenow came in and earned the
save when he struck out the only hitter he faced in Farris, who
came into the contest hitting .313.
The Wildcats stranded 12 base runners in the contest.
worked 4.1 innings for VU in a no-decision. Reid (left) threw
3.0 innings of solid work. He struck out three and gave up just
one hit to pick up the win, his fourth of the season against one
Left-hander Taylor Rogers (3-2) was the tough-luck loser for the
Wildcats in a complete-game effort. He scattered seven hits and
allowed just one earned run.
Kentucky will try to salvage one game of the series when Alex
Meyer takes the mound in the second game of the doubleheader.
Jack Armstrong takes the bump for the Commodores.