NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Caleb Cotham struck out a career-high 11 batters in 8.1 innings to lead Vanderbilt to an 8-2 win over Auburn Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
The game was delayed for over two hours due to rain and finally got started at 2:17 p.m. The Commodores improved to 27-11 overall and 9-7 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Tigers fell to 23-17 and 7-10 in league play.
Cotham (6-2) held Auburn scoreless until the sixth, snapping a 12.2 inning scoreless streak. He gave up two runs on six hits with just one walk before being relieved after giving up a one-out double in the ninth.
Shea Robin's RBI single in the second gave the Commodores an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Flaherty added a two-out two-run double in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-0.
Auburn got on the board in the sixth when Matt Hall singled, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Justin Hargett's RBI single up the middle off of Cotham.
The Dores then blew the game open with a four-run sixth, the key hit being a two run double by Pedro Alvarez. Robin had a RBI single for the first run and Alex Feinberg added a RBI single of his own for the second run. Alvarez capped things off with a two-out double off the wall in left-center to make it 7-1.
Feinberg added a RBI double in the eighth, scoring David Macias to make it 8-1.
The Tigers scored a run in the ninth on a RBI single by Hunter Morris to close out the scoring.
The teams will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Junior righthander Nick Christiani (4-2, 3.57 ERA) will throw for VU, while Auburn will counter with freshman righthander Bradley Hendrix (1-0, 4.74 ERA).