Commodores set for home opener

Feb. 18, 2014

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The Commodores opened the 2014 season with a three-game series sweep at Long Beach State. Vanderbilt finished the sweep with a 6-2 victory on Sunday behind starting pitcher Tyler Ferguson and freshman Bryan Reynolds. Ferguson became the third Vandy starting pitcher of the weekend to earn the win and not allow an earned run, tossing a career-best 5.1 innings. Reynolds went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI to pace the offense. On Saturday, Jared Miller posted his best outing as a Commodore with six scoreless innings in the Dores' 6-0 win. Carson Fulmer fanned five over the final three innings to give VU its first shutout of the season. Tyler Beede notched the victory on Opening Night with five innings and seven strikeouts in the Commodores' 5-2 win. Xavier Turner drove in two runs and John Norwood had two hits.

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Freshman Bryan Reynolds has been named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week for his performance against Long Beach State on Opening Weekend. The freshman from Brentwood, Tenn. wasted no time collecting his first collegiate hit, ripping a single to right-center field as a pinch hitter in Friday night's win. He followed up with his first career start on Saturday going 2-for-4 with one RBI as the Dores' left fielder. He saved the weekend's best for last on Sunday leading the team with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles and three RBI. He also added a run-saving, diving catch in the sixth inning to help VU preserve the lead. The switch hitter wrapped up his first collegiate weekend 6-for-10 with two doubles and four RBI. He becomes the first Commodore since Conrad Gregor in 2010 to be named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Vanderbilt opens the 13th season of Hawkins Field today against Lipscomb. The Commodores have never lost inside Hawkins Field in the first home game of the year, including last year's 10-4 win over Long Beach State in the season opener. For just the third time in its history, however, Hawkins Field welcomes an undefeated Vandy team back home for the opener joining the 2007 (3-0) and 2011 (4-0) teams.

The Commodores' pitching on Opening Weekend at Long Beach State was impressive as the Dores' staff allowed only one earned run in 27 innings for a 0.33 ERA entering today's game. All three starting pitchers (Tyler Beede, Jared Miller & Tyler Ferguson) earned wins and dominated the Dirtbags for stretches with Miller retiring 14 straight at one point on Saturday and Beede and Ferguson having stretches of 13 retired. The staff's control was sharp as well with only five walks to go along with 22 strikeouts. VU surrendered only 13 hits on the weekend (.140 BAA) while the Dores' offense pounded out 30, including 13 in Sunday's win. Vanderbilt's shutout in the second game of the season is the quickest since Vandy opened with a 9-0 win over Niagara in 2010. Overall, nine pitchers touched the ball for the Commodores in the first three games.



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