UPCOMING HOME GAMES AT HAWKINS FIELD Tuesday, March 25 vs. Belmont at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 26 vs. MTSU at 6 p.m. CT Friday, March 28 vs. Arkansas at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, March 29 vs. Arkansas at 3 p.m. CT Sunday, March 30 vs. Arkansas at 1 p.m. CT
TUSCALOOSA --- Alabama held Vanderbilt to just five hits in a 10-3 win to capture the series Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The Crimson Tide improved to 11-11 overall and 2-4 in Southeastern Conference play, while Vanderbilt fell to 14-6 and 3-3 in league action. The series loss snapped a streak of nine straight SEC series wins dating back to last season (lost two of three at Arkansas March 23-25).
Bama starter Robert Phares (1-1) limited the Commodores to just four hits in 7.2 innings of work to pick up the win. He gave up three runs, one earned, with five strikeouts and two walks and at one point in the game had retired 13 straight batters.
Ryan Flaherty staked the Commodores to a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo homer to right, his third of the season.
Alabama scored four runs in the first, three coming via Kent Matthes homer off of Taylor Hill to take a 4-1 lead. The Tide used an Alex Avila solo homer in the third to push the lead to 5-1.
Brandon May's two-run double in the fifth extended the Bama lead to 7-1.
The Tide took advantage of a fielding error by Ryan Flaherty in the seventh to score three unearned runs to extend the lead to 10-1.
David Macias continued his power display this weekend with a two-run homer to right in the eighth to make it 10-3. It was his third homer of the series and he now leads the Commodores with four on the year.
Commodore starter Taylor Hill (1-1) gave up seven runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk in four innings of work to take the loss.
Flaherty had two hits to lead VU, while Josh Rutledge led UA with three.
The Commodores will return home for five games, starting with midweek contests against Belmont and Middle Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively. Both contests are 6 p.m. starts. VU will then host Arkansas next weekend in SEC play.