June 3, 2011
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takes care of business against Belmont
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Tenn. - It was not the start to the postseason that Belmont
wanted in its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
Vanderbilt All-American Sonny Gray (left) carried a no-hitter
into the fifth inning and senior catcher Curt Casali drove in
three runs to pace a 10-0 Commodore victory in front of a
sellout crowd at Hawkins Field on Friday night.
The hosts staked themselves to a 2-0 lead in the first inning
when leadoff hitter Tony Kemp was hit by a pitch followed by a
single by Anthony Gomez. Aaron Westlake followed with a double
and Curt Casali notched two RBI with a drive into right that was
good for two bases for the early lead.
It would be all Gray would need as he cruised through six
shutout innings allowing only three hits, while tossing only 68
pitches to pick up his 11th win of the season against three
The Commodores (48-10) continued to put runs on the board with
five hits in the fourth inning to take advantage of two Belmont
errors and post a commanding 8-0 lead.
"We just got off to a good start tonight," VU coach Tim Corbin
said. "We were very aggressive with the bats and Sonny pitched
very well. He executed his pitches, which got him to the sixth.
We got three other guys some experience tonight as well in that
particular situation. We had a couple big innings, three big
innings really. The six-run fourth was the one that broke things
open. I'm proud of the way the guys played tonight, but it's
just one game and we can't take the runs into tomorrow but you
can certainly take the confidence and the way we came out to
Vandy totaled 10 runs on 15 hits and no errors in
the win. Sophomore right fielder Mike Yastrzemski led the
Commodores at the plate with three hits.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the ninth when senior Vinny Casha
walked, Egerton was hit by a pitch, and sophomore Drew Turner
singled to left. VU reliever Jack Armstrong ended the threat
with two strikeouts and a ground ball to end the game.
"What we witnessed tonight was a testament to how good a ball
club Vanderbilt has this year," Belmont coach Dave Jarvis said.
"This was no surprise. Sonny Gray was as good as to be expected.
He was pitching at 93-94 (mph) and had dominating stuff, yet
still pitching to contact. That's what I see guys in the big
leagues do. He's a tick better than what we see (in the Atlantic
Sun). He's definitely at the top of the list of pitchers we've
seen this year.
credit to their defense too, and some of the defensive plays
they made behind him. They played exceptional well behind
The Commodores advance to take on Troy at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday,
while Belmont (36-25) will take on Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. in
an elimination game.