Vanderbilt used stellar efforts from Chandler Day and Ty Duvall to beat Western Kentucky 8-1 on Tuesday. Day turned in a career-best 5.1 innings to earn the win and Duvall collected three hits and two RBIs in his first career start. The Commodores split a doubleheader with Saint Mary's on Sunday, dropping the first game 5-1 and winning the second game 9-1 to clinch the series. Patrick Raby was superb in the first game, matching a career-high with 11 strikeouts over a new career-best 8.2 innings in a losing effort. Drake Fellows was even better in the second game, giving up just an unearned run on a pair of singles with eight strikeouts for his team-best third win of the year. Vanderbilt rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win a wild series opener 9-8 over Saint Mary's. JJ Bleday drove in three runs and Julian Infante knocked in three more with two hits in the Dores' seven-run, two-out rally in the fifth.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, March 17
RHP Kyle Wright (0-2, 5.40) vs. LHP David Parkinson (3-1, 2.52)
Saturday, March 18
RHP Patrick Raby (2-2, 1.40) vs. RHP Brady Feigl (2-1, 3.91)
Sunday, March 19
RHP Drake Fellows (3-0, 1.00) vs. RHP Will Etheridge (1-0, 1.15)
RETURN TO THE SIP
Vanderbilt makes its first trip to Oxford since the Commodores historic 2013 season. The Dores swept Ole Miss that season en route to winning a league record 26 SEC games. The series sweep was the fifth of the season for VU and set the team's conference record at a school-best 11-1. The Rebels have won three straight against the Dores dating back to 2015 when Ole Miss rallied to win 6-5 in 16 innings on Saturday at Hawkins Field and clinch the series on Sunday. The two teams met in the SEC Tournament last year with Ole Miss winning 12-9.
The Commodores have won six of the team's last seven games while scoring 57 runs (8.1 runs per game) during the stretch, including eight-plus runs in all five victories. The Dores have been all over the bases during the stretch, posting an on-base percentage of .449 as a team with 65 hits and a .297 batting average. Julian Infante leads the way hitting .407 (11-for-27) with three doubles and Will Toffey has a team-best eight RBIs.
PATIENCE IS KEY
Vanderbilt enters the weekend leading the Southeastern Conference with 113 walks. The Dores have walked at least three times in all 18 games this season and worked a season-high 10 free passes last Sunday against Saint Mary's in the second game of the doubleheader. The Commodores' successful seven-game stretch has produced 56 walks.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FELLOWS
Drake Fellows was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his dominant performance on Sunday vs. Saint Mary's. The right-hander was sharp in earning his team-best third win of the year, turning in a career-best eight innings in Vanderbilt's 9-1 series-clinching victory. Fellows gave up a leadoff single to start the game that came around to score on an error and yielded a two-out single in the second but that was it. His third strikeout of the game ended the second and started a streak of 18 consecutive retired Gaels. He joins Jeren Kendall as the two Commodores to earn weekly honors so far this season. Kendall was tabbed as one of the National Players of the Week last week by Collegiate Baseball.
DELAY ON JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Jason Delay has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list. The award goes to the top catcher in Division I annually.