Baseball pounds No. 21 Louisville, 17-6

March 4, 2008

Caleb Cotham picked up his first career win Tuesday, striking out nine in 7.1 innings of work.

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NASHVILLE ­­--- Alex Feinberg had three hits and five RBI as Vanderbilt scored 17 runs for the second straight game in a 17-6 win over No. 21 Louisville Tuesday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores (6-2) jumped out to a quick start scoring three runs in the first and three more in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Ryan Flaherty had a two-run homer in the first and Alex Feinberg added a three-run shot in the third.

VU took advantage of Cardinal miscues to score four runs in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead. They added two more in the sixth on RBI singles by Feinberg and Brian Harris.

Louisville (4-3) plated two runs in the eighth off of VU starter Caleb Cotham. They were the first runs the Mt. Juliet native had given up in his career and in 14.1 innings this season. He gave up two more runs in the eighth and finished with four runs against him on seven hits in 7.1 innings with nine strikeouts and a walk.

"I think the biggest thing for me in the game was Caleb's ability to sit for long stretches while on offense and still go out and show plus command in the weather," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "I thought it was a very impressive start, he threw a lot of strikes and challenged the hitters and did a good job of controlling the game in spite of the weather conditions."

Dominic de la Osa homered in the seventh after Vanderbilt gave up four runs in the eighth, the team responded with four runs of its own in the bottom half to close out the scoring. Ryan Flaherty, Brad French and Curt Casali had RBI singles in the inning.

Casali finished 3-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and three runs scored for his second straight three hit game. Flaherty added two hits and three RBI, while de la Osa had two hits and three runs scored in the 16 hit attack.

Russell Brewer closed out the game in the ninth, allowing just one hit while striking out two.

The Commodores will take tomorrow off before starting a four-game series against Illinois-Chicago on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Louisville    000  000  240 - 6   11  2
Vanderbilt   303  402  14x - 17 16  0

Belanger, Holland (3), Royse (5), Revesz (8) and Alfonso. Cotham, Bierman (8), Brewer (9) and Casali. W- Cotham 1-0, L- Belanger 0-1. Sv- None. HR: VU: Flaherty (1), de la Osa (1), Feinberg (1).



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