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Cardinal Avoid Sweep
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
– Stanford right-hander Jordan Pries (right) started a
little shaky but finished strong in a dominant outing against
third-ranked Vanderbilt to pace a 5-2 win to salvage the third
game of their three-game series.
opened the game by throwing seven straight balls but settled
down, allowing two runs on three hits over seven innings to win
for the second time this season.
Ben Clowe and Stephen Piscotty hit back-to-back home runs in the
second inning off Commodores starter Grayson Garvin to give the
visitors a 2-0 lead, and Pries was masterful in keeping the
opposing hitters off balance in taking a no-hitter through the
was the one guy we faced this weekend that I felt was
different,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “He gave us some
opportunities early with a couple of walks, and we were unable
to take advantage of that in the first inning and that was the
Cardinal (4-3) extended the lead in the fifth to 3-0 on a sac
fly by Jake Stewart before Vanderbilt (7-1) got on the board
with two runs on three hits in the bottom half. Mike Yastrzemski
notched the first RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Conrad
Gregor, and Jason Esposito added an RBI single.
Stanford first baseman Brian Ragirathen added to the lead in the
sixth with a RBI single.
gave way to lefty reliever Chris Reed in the eighth, and Reed
finished strong with two shutout innings to earn his first save
of the season.
and Piscotty led the Stanford offense with two hits apiece.
Gregor led the Vandy offense reaching base three times and
Connor Harrell had his team leading third double of the season.
catcher Zach Jones was outstanding defensively. The senior threw
out his fifth runner of the season in the third inning. The
Commodores came into the series 17 of 18 in stolen bases, but
Jones shut down the running game by going 3 for 3 on gunning
(1-1) (right) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on
eight hits with six strikeouts over six innings.
missed my spots today and that pretty well explains it,” Garvin
said. “They are a real aggressive offensive team, and they are
two-strike oriented. They make it tough on a pitcher if he is
not at his best. They are very good team, and I am pretty sure
that we are going to see them down the road somewhere in the