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Vanderbilt scores late
to put away Auburn
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Ala. - The No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores scored eight
runs with two outs in the eighth inning to break up what had
been a close ballgame to defeat the Auburn Tigers 11-2 in front
of a capacity crowd on Saturday night at Plainsman Park.
It was the fifth consecutive SEC loss for the
Tigers (2-6, 15-12).
"You have to find a way to cut that inning off
and we weren't able to do that tonight," Auburn coach John
Pawlowski said. "We talk about trying to make it a short game.
We were right there and a couple plays, a couple swings, and
it's a different ballgame but we made a couple of mistakes and
they made us pay for it. Against good teams you can't do that.
Every mistake we made they capitalized on it."
The Commodores (6-2, 24-3) entered the eighth
inning with a slim 3-2 lead thanks to a superb hustle play by
sophomore Anthony Gomez (pictured above) who scored from second
base on a fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth inning that did
not yield an out.
Yastrzemski ‘s two-run single opened the gate for the visitors
and the Vandy offense put the game out of reach by sending 12
men to the plate in the inning to set season highs with eight
runs on six hits.
Grayson Garvin (left) earned the win for
Vanderbilt, pitching 5.1 innings for his fifth win of the year
against one loss. The junior left-hander gave up two runs, one
earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Mark
Lamm picked up his first save of the year by recording the final
Auburn starter Jon Luke Jacob was superb in his
first SEC start despite being saddled with the loss. He allowed
just three runs on five hits over 5.1 innings and did not walk a
took an early lead on Aaron Westlake’s team-leading fifth home
run of the season in the first, but the Tigers tied it in the
third on a monster shot off of the top of the scoreboard in
centerfield by Zach Alvord (right).
Freshman Tony Kemp had two hits, knocked in two
runs and scored three. Gomez added two hits to extend his
hitting streak to 23 games. Curt Casali and Westlake joined in
with two hits apiece as well for the Commodores, who finished
with 11 hits.
The win ensured Vanderbilt’s seventh consecutive
Auburn will try to salvage the final game of the
series on the Plains Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Derek Varnadore (3-1, 3.80) takes the bump for
the Tigers while senior right-hander Taylor Hill (2-0, 2.76)
goes for the Commodores.