AUSTIN, Texas - Vanderbilt topped Texas 7-2 in a 12-inning fall ball game Friday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Vandy pitching staff was in command nearly all night in the victory allowing just five hits over 12 innings. Starter Sonny Gray faced the minimum nine batters in his three innings, walking one and fanning two. Freshman Kevin Ziomek was the only Commodore pitcher to yield a hit giving up two runs on five hits in his three innings of relief work. Mark Lamm, Steven Rice, Navery Moore, T.J. Pecoraro and Sam Selman combined to allow only three base runners and no hits over the final six innings to seal the victory.
The Commodores struck first in the third inning with a pair of runs and never trailed. Riley Reynolds' RBI-double scored Joe Loftus and with Anthony Gomez's two-out, RBI-single bringing Reynolds around. The Dores tacked on two more runs in the fourth with RBI-singles from Conrad Gregor and Reynolds. In the 11th inning Reynolds struck again, this time with a RBI-triple before scoring on Connor Harrell's single. Reynolds finished the night with a game-high four hits and three RBI with Gregor and Gomez each adding two hits.
The Dores and Longhorns will play Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.
Notes of the Night:
Commodores hitting coach Josh Holliday's brother, Matt, was in attendance Friday night with his family. Holliday's younger brother is the same Matt Holliday that plays for the St. Louis Cardinals and hit .312 with 28 home runs and 103 RBI. The Cardinals left fielder lives in the Austin-area.
Texas' entire field is field turf, including the area around the bases. But the area around the bases and the warning track are orange.
Several pro scouts were in the crowd with several pro prospects on both sides, lots of radar guns were being held up early in the game with Vanderbilt's Sonny Gray and Texas' Taylor Jungmann considered two of the best pitchers in college baseball.