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Gray settles in as
Vandy edges Stanford
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Preseason All-American Sonny Gray (right) won an outstanding
pitchers’ duel with Stanford ace Mark Appel as No. 3 Vanderbilt
edged the 10th-ranked Cardinal 2-1 on a blustery and bitterly
cool Friday evening at Hawkins Field.
Commodores (6-0) used back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning
by Curt Casali and Anthony Gomez to break a 1-1 tie and then
turned the game over to the bullpen, which did the rest by
turning in three scoreless innings.
Esposito (left) gave the Commodores an early lead with a two-out
single in the first inning to drive in sophomore Mike
Yastrzemski, but it was a short-lived advantage.
Cardinal (3-2) answered in the second inning when it loaded the
bases and tied the game when Gray walked Tyler Gaffney to plate
(2-0) settled down from there, allowing three hits with four
walks and six strikeouts. The right-hander didn’t allow a hit
over his final four frames.
think Sonny found that they were coming after his fastball, and
he was maybe overthrowing a little bit,” Vanderbilt coach Tim
Corbin said. “Against a good team like this, he was maybe trying
to throw too hard to start the game. He made the adjustment as
the game went on and took something off that pitch, and he was
able to pick up a well-deserved win.”
(0-1) (right) was the tough-luck loser, giving up two runs on
seven hits in a career-best six innings.
thought we faced Major League-type pitching tonight,” Corbin
said. “Appel was as good as any you will see, and their
left-hander [Chris Reed] was just as tough.”
Stanford squandered chances twice when it placed the tying run
on in the eighth and ninth innings. In the ninth Brian Rigera
singled with one out, but Commodores reliever Navery Moore
struck out Austin Wilson and induced pinch-hitter Justin Ringo
to ground out to end the contest.
Casali and Conner Harrell led Vanderbilt with two hits apiece.
Jake Stewart paced the Cardinal offense with two hits.
two teams play the second game of the series Saturday afternoon
at Hawkins Field with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. Senior
right-hander Taylor Hill (1-0) takes the bump for the Commodores
against Cardinal right-hander Dean McArdle, who won his last
start against No. 18 Rice last weekend.