VU evens series with 8-2 win over Gamecocks
April 10, 2010
NASHVILLE--- Sophomore right-hander Jack Armstrong pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits to lead Vanderbilt to a 8-2 win over South Carolina Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Dyson allowed six runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts to drop to 2-2 on the season. Jose Mata came on in relief in the third and threw 4.2 innings of four-hit scoreless relief before giving way to Nolan Belcher in the eighth.
The Gamecocks got into the scoring column in the fifth on RBI singles by Scott Wingo and Whit Merrifield.
VU added two insurance runs in the eighth when Riley Reynolds scored on a wild pitch and Aaron Westlake scored on Jason Esposito's RBI single to right.
Chase Reid closed it out with a scoreless ninth and sealed the VU win in front of a season high 3,197 fans.
Bryan Johns, Aaron Westlake, Joe Loftus, Connor Harrell and Mike Yastrzemski paced the Dores 14 hit attach with two hits apiece, while Jackie Bradley Jr. led the Gamecocks with two base knocks.
The teams will meet in the rubber game of the three-game set tomorrow at 1 p.m. Junior right-hander Taylor Hill (3-2, 3.95 ERA) will take the mound for the Commodores, while the Gamecocks will go with senior right-hander Jay Brown (1-0, 3.79 ERA).