VU opens SEC play at Auburn

Tony Kemp has 10 hits over his last five games.

March 14, 2013

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Vanderbilt topped Buffalo 4-2 on Wednesday. Tony Kemp drove in two runs with his 18th career triple as Walker Buehler earned his second win. Oregon rallied late to salvage the series finale on Sunday in Eugene with a 7-5 win. The Ducks scored five runs on one hit in the eighth inning to steal the final game of the series. Vanderbilt clinched the series with an ugly 4-2 win over Oregon. Tony Kemp had three hits in the Dores' 13th straight win. Kevin Ziomek dominated again in a 4-1 win at Oregon. Ziomek turned in his second straight complete game and third straight start with double digit strikeouts with 13.

Friday, March 15
LHP Kevin Ziomek (4-0, 0.87) vs. LHP Daniel Koger (0-0, 2.42)

Saturday, March 16
RHP Tyler Beede (4-0, 1.07) vs. LHP Michael O'Neal (4-0, 1.40)

Sunday, March 17
LHP Philip Pfeifer (2-0, 1.32) vs. RHP Rocky McCord (2-0, 3.44)

Kevin Ziomek has defined the word dominance over his last two starts. The junior has pitched back-to-back complete game victories over Illinois-Chicago and Oregon on his way to consecutive Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week awards. Ziomek punched a career-best 15 in a one-hit shutout against UIC and fanned 13 in a two-hitter against Oregon last week. The lefty is the first Vanderbilt pitcher since Sonny Gray in 2010 to win SEC Pitcher of the Week twice in a season and the first SEC pitcher since David Price to win the award in consecutive weeks, when Price won three straight in 2006.

Vanderbilt's pitching has been quality all year long with 13 quality starts. All four starts for Kevin Ziomek and Philip Pfeifer have been quality outings (at least six innings and three or few earned runs) while three of Tyler Beede's have been and Walker Buehler's start last two starts have been.

Vanderbilt's trip to Auburn this weekend will be the Commodores first games of the season on grass. Hawkins Field transitioned to synthetic turf last summer and the Dores' previous four road games (at Belmont and at Oregon) were played on turf fields as well.

Tony Kemp has been stellar for th Commodores this season setting the table from the leadoff spot. The junior has a .543 on-base percentage and leads the league with 22 runs scored. Kemp is 10-for-17 (.588) with five runs and six RBI in his last five games. He has reached base in 17 of the team's 18 games played this season.

Vanderbilt returns to Auburn for the first time since 2011 when the Commodores swept the Tigers for the first time in history. The Commodores outscored the Tigers 28-10 over the three-game stretch.



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