Flaherty leads offense with three hits and three RBI against Illinois-Chicago.
March 9, 2008
Brian Harris contributed two RBI in the Commodores' 9-3 victory over Illinois-Chicago Sunday afternoon.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES AT HAWKINS FIELD Tuesday, March 11 vs. Western Carolina at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 12 vs. Western Carolina at 4 p.m. CT Friday, March 14 vs. South Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, March 15 vs. South Carolina at 2 p.m. CT Sunday, March 16 vs. South Carolina at 1 p.m. CT
The Flames cut the deficit to 4-3 with two runs in the fifth and knocked VU starter Nick Christiani out of the game in the inning. Ty Rubio had a RBI double and Jason Ganek added a RBI single. The Dores went to the righthander Steven Schwartz out of the pen with one out and the tying run in Ganek at first. The Great Neck, N.Y., native induced Steve McGuiggan to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Schwartz (1-0) retired all 10 batters he faced to pick up his first win at Vanderbilt. He struck out three in 3.2 innings of work.
"It was exciting to get back out there," said Schwartz who last pitched against Arizona State on Feb. 23. "This was my first time to pitch at Hawkins Field in a live game and it felt good to do well today. My goal coming in was to throw strikes and get out of the fifth and get back into the dugout."
Vanderbilt added three more runs in the fifth to put the game away. Andrew Giobbi had a RBI double, one of three hits on the day, and Brian Harris added a sacrifice fly RBI. Flaherty closed out the scoring with a RBI single to make it 7-3.
The Commodores added a run in the sixth and seventh to make it 9-3.
Mike Kool (1-2) gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings of work in the loss.
Nick Christiani gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits in 4.1 innings of work with two strikeouts in the start for VU. Drew Hayes closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Woodlands, Texas, duo of David Macias and Shea Robin added three and two hits apiece in the winning effort. Alex Feinberg also recorded two hits and now leads the team with .447 batting average.
The series was shortened by a game due to snow that caused Saturday's contest to be cancelled. It will not be made up against the Flames, but another game could be added to Vanderbilt's schedule in the future.
The Commodores will close its 14 game homestand with five games this week, starting with a two game series against Western Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday. VU will then open SEC play against South Carolina next weekend at Hawkins Field.