Feb. 20, 2014
Vanderbilt Game Notes
Vanderbilt won the home opener over Lipscomb 5-1 Wednesday night behind the strong pitching of Walker Buehler, who fanned six in five innings for the win. 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. On Saturday, Jared Miller posted his best outing as a Commodore with six scoreless innings in the Dores' 6-0 win. Tyler Beede notched the victory on Opening Night with five innings and seven strikeouts in the Commodores' 5-2 win.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, Feb. 21
RHP Tyler Beede (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Tomas Michelson (1-0, 1.17)
Saturday, Feb. 22
LHP Jared Miller (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Ian Lewandowski (1-0, 7.50)
Sunday, Feb. 23
RHP Tyler Ferguson (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jack Andersen (0-0, 0.00)
FLAMES AT THE HAWK
Vanderbilt welcomes Illinois-Chicago back to Hawkins Field this weekend. This weekend's series marks the third time in the last four seasons the two teams have squared off in a weekend series. The Commodores swept the Flames last season and have won 11 straight in the series dating back to 2008. Last season's series included an epic one-hit, 15-strikeout shutout from Kevin Ziomek in Friday night's series opener and a walk-off, two-run homer from Rhett Wiseman in the series finale on Sunday. UIC brings former Commodore Jack Lupo back to Nashville this weekend. Lupo is in his first season as the Flames' volunteer assistant coach.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR REYNOLDS
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.
The Commodores' pitching staff has been impressive through the team's first four games allowing only one earned run in 36 innings for a 0.25 ERA entering this weekend's series. All three weekend 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 straight retired. The staff's control has been sharp as well with only seven walks to go along with 34 strikeouts. VU has surrendered only 17 hits entering the weekend (.137 BAA). 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.