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Bats Boost Vanderbilt Past
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Pitching took center stage in the opening game of the series,
but it was the hitters that shined on Saturday as Vanderbilt and
Stanford combined for 30 hits and 15 runs in front of a large
sun-drenched crowd at Hawkins Field.
two squads took turns spraying line drives all over the stadium,
but it was a slow, bounding fielder’s choice by Anthony Gomez
off of Cardinal reliever A.J. Vanegas in the eighth inning that
scored Mike Yastrzemski that gave the third-ranked Commodores an
8-7, come-from-behind win to clinch the series.
the freshman All-American’s second game-winning RBI in as many
10th-ranked Cardinal (3-3) touched Commodores starter Taylor
Hill for five runs in three-plus innings, taking advantage of
three first-inning walks to bat around and take an early 3-0
lead. Ben Clowe had an RBI single for the visitors.
scored single runs in the first and second innings and two in
the third to take a 4-3 advantage off of Stanford starter Dean
McArdle (right), who lasted just 1.1 innings. Freshman Conrad
Gregor’s home run, his first hit as a collegian, and Aaron
Westlake’s (pictured above) line drive over the right-center
wall were the big blows for the home team.
Cardinal battled back in the fifth as shortstop Kenny Diekroeger
(left) drove in two runs off freshman Kevin Ziomek to give
Stanford a 7-4 lead in the fifth. Diekroeger finished with four
hits, a career high, and three RBI on the day.
Vanderbilt shortstop Jason Esposito’s two-run RBI double off of
the third-base bag tied the score at 7 after Cardinal second
baseman Eric Smith’s second error of the day extended the sixth
Vanderbilt produced a season-best eight runs on a season-high 13
hits and were led by Westlake, who went 3 for 3 with two RBI.
Gregor and Curt Casali each had two hits for the Commodores.
Stanford logged a season-high 17 hits in the loss. Jake Stewart
went 3 for 5 with two runs, and Tyler Gaffney added two hits and
two teams combined to strand 24 base runners in the contest.
Scott Snodgress took the loss in 1.1 innings of work for
Lamm (2-0) pitched two shutout innings for the win. Navery Moore
got his second save of the series with a perfect ninth.
Commodores and Cardinal wrap up their three-game series Sunday
afternoon with the first pitch moved up to 12:30 p.m. at Hawkins
Field. Left-hander Grayson Garvin (1-0) will be on the hill for
Vanderbilt. Stanford’s starter is to be announced.