Baseball Preview: Georgia

Tony Kemp leads the Commodores with eight extra-base hits this season.

March 22, 2012

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Evansville jumped on Vanderbilt early and held on to win 5-3 Tuesday. The Commodores committed five errors in a game for the third time this season. Tony Kemp led VU with a pair of doubles and Spencer Navin added two hits in the loss. Top-ranked Florida used three home runs to finish a sweep of Vanderbilt with an 8-2 win Sunday. Anthony Gomez pushed his hitting streak to 10 games and his RBI streak to six games. The Gators used a stellar outing from starter Brian Johnson and a four-run fifth inning to beat the Commodores 5-1 Saturday. Anthony Gomez pushed his hitting streak to nine games with his ninth multi-hit game. Top-ranked Florida beat Vanderbilt 10-2 in the teams' SEC opener Friday. Conrad Gregor had two hits and one RBI in the loss.

Friday, March 23
LHP Kevin Ziomek (2-2, 4.23) vs. LHP Alex Wood (3-1, 2.27)

Saturday, March 24
RHP Tyler Beede (0-3, 7.71) vs. RHP Michael Palazzone (0-2, 3.68)

Sunday, March 25
TBA vs. RHP Pete Nagel (0-0, 2.91)

Vanderbilt has needed at least seven runs in a game to earn a win this season. The Commodores are 7-1 when scoring at least seven runs this season and 0-13 when scoring less than seven runs. Vandy was 33-1 last season when scoring at least seven runs and 21-11 when scoring six runs or less. The Dores are 1-12 when allowing five runs or more this season.

The Commodores' lineup has endured multiple changes throughout the season with 14 different players earning at least one start. Coach Corbin has employed 19 different lineup combinations in the team's first 21 games and used the same lineup in consecutive games only once, going with the same batting order in three straight games against Rhode Island and Belmont earlier this month. The nine-spot in the order has seen the most action with nine different players starting at least one game. Connor Harrell and Spencer Navin have seen the most spots in the order, having started games in six different spots in the lineup.

One-base hits have not been enough for Tony Kemp, who leads the team with eight extra-base hits. The Dores' left fielder has four doubles and four triples in 21 games, including two games with multiple extra-base hits.

Vanderbilt welcomes Georgia back to Nashville for the first time since 2010. The last time the Bulldogs visited West End the series was shortened to only one game thanks to rain that eventually led to Nashville being flooded for several days. The Commodores beat the Dawgs on the final two days of the season last year to claim a share of the Southeastern Conference championship before downing Georgia again in the SEC Tournament. Vandy is 97-117 against Georgia all-time in one of the school's longest tenured series dating back to the Dores' 1-0 win in 1896.



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