March 7, 2013
Vanderbilt topped Eastern Illinois 8-3 on a chilly Tuesday night. Freshman Walker Buehler tossed six scoreless innings to earn his first win. The Commodores pushed their winning streak to 10 games on Sunday with a walk-off 3-1 in 10 innings over Illinois-Chicago. Freshman Rhett Wiseman provided the heroics with his first career home run going over the right field bleachers. Vanderbilt clinched the series on Saturday behind starter Tyler Beede, winning 5-3 in the snow. Kevin Ziomek dominated in a 15-strikeout complete game shutout of Illinois-Chicago in Vanderbilt's 9-0 win on Friday night.
VANDERBILT AT OREGON
ON THE BUMP
Friday, March 8, 8 p.m. CT
LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 0.82) vs. RHP Jake Reed (1-2, 4.32)
Saturday, March 9, 4 p.m. CT
RHP Tyler Beede (3-0, 1.45) vs. LHP Tommy Thorpe (2-1, 3.12)
Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m. CT
LHP Philip Pfeifer (2-0, 0.45) vs. LHP Cole Irvin (3-0, 2.05)
STRETCH IT OUT LATE
Vanderbilt's offense has been clicking all season but really gets it going late in games. The Commodores have scored 82 of the team's 124 runs on the season in the fifth inning or later. The fifth and sixth innings have seen 45 runs cross the plate for the Dores. Vandy has outscored opponents 82-21 in the fifth inning or later.
Sophomore Vince Conde has been red hot at the plate over the last week for the Dores. Conde has six multi-hit games in his last seven (14-for-25 .560) and seven this season to already pass last seasons total of six multi-hit games. He set a new career-best in Wednesday's win with three hits.
Freshman Rhett Wiseman's walk-off two-run homer on Sunday was the Commodores first walk-off home run since Jason Esposito's blast ended the Dores' epic, 17-inning game against Louisville in 2010.
QUACK, QUACK, QUACK
No. 15 Oregon enters the weekend 10-3 fresh off a two-game series sweep of Cal State Northridge. The Ducks dropped a series at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton last weekend. Oregon is led by Ryon Healy, who enters the weekend hitting a team-best .392 with 12 RBI and eight doubles. On the mound Sunday starter Cole Irvin has three wins and boasts a 2.05 ERA. Friday starter Jake Reed leads the squad with 18 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Oregon swept the Commodores last season at Hawkins Field in the schools' first-ever meeting.