VANDERBILT RE-VU Vanderbilt took care of business on Tuesday with a 4-1 win against Lipscomb. The Dores pulled off a triple steal with Xavier Turner stealing home in the fourth inning as Tyler Ferguson earned his second win with 4.2 innings of relief work. The Commodores edged Florida 5-4 in seven innings on Sunday in a travel-shortened game to clinch their first series win against the Gators since 2009. John Norwood legged out an infield single and Mike Yastrzemski scored the winning run from second base on the play in the seventh. Vanderbilt evened the series with a 6-1 win Saturday night. Tyler Beede remained perfect with 6.1 scoreless innings to move to 6-0 on the season. Florida used a three-run homer from Taylor Gushue in the sixth inning to beat the Commodores 7-1 in the series opener Friday night.
ON THE BUMP Friday, March 29 LHP Kevin Ziomek (5-1, 1.59) vs. RHP Zack Godley (2-2, 2.98)
Saturday, March 30 RHP Tyler Beede (6-0, 0.70) vs. RHP Nick Williams (1-0, 2.84)
WALKS = HITS Commodores' first baseman Conrad Gregor is known for his keen eye and solid swing and the two things finally caught up with each other over the weekend. Gregor enters today's game with 23 hits and 23 walks. The junior's 23 walks are tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference. Gregor has more multi-walk games (7) than multi-hit games (3) at this point in the season.The Carmel, Ind. native has an on-base percentage of .414 coming into the weekend.
CLOSING TIME Brian Miller has closed out eight games already for the Commodores this season and is moving up the all-time lists at Vanderbilt. The sophomore's eight saves are already tied for the fourth-most in a single season in VU history and is three shy of the school record shared by Navery Moore (2011) and Ryan Rote (2004). Miller's 13 career saves have him in fourth place on the Dores' career list. Rote holds the school record for career saves with 19.
TYLER BLANKING BEEDE Tyler Beede has blanked back-to-back opponents after tossing 6.1 scoreless innings against Florida on Saturday. The right-hander has not allowed more than three runs in any of his first six starts and has allowed no earned runs over his last three outings (19.2 innings). Beede leads the SEC in ERA (0.70) and is tied with Ole Miss' Bobby Wahl for the most wins in the league with six.
TAKING ON TENNESSEE The Commodores welcome the Volunteers to Nashville for the first time since sweeping Tennessee in a three-game series in 2011. Last season Vandy took the series in Knoxville winning on Saturday and Sunday as the second of four straight series victories to end the 2012 regular season. Vanderbilt records have the Dores trailing in the all-time series 153-155-3 in a series dating back to 1888.
The Last Meeting
May 6, 2012
Vanderbilt rallies to win series
Vanderbilt scored in eight of nine innings on Sunday rallying by Tennessee to claim the series with a 12-6 win at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.