Baseball Preview: South Carolina

Conrad Gregor is 8-for-17 in his last four games for the Commodores.

March 29, 2012

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The Commodores posted the team's third shutout victory with a 6-0 blanking of Tennessee Tech Tuesday night. Sam Selman and Brian Miller combined on a four-hit shutout. Selman earned his first collegiate win and Miller notched his first career save and the Dores' first this season. Joel McKeithan led the offense with a career-best four hits. Vanderbilt rallied for the second straight day to beat No. 17 Georgia and clinch the Commodores' first SEC series of the season. Vince Conde's two-run triple proved to be the game-winner in a four-run eighth inning. The Commodores rallied for three runs in the ninth to top Georgia 5-4 on Saturday. Conrad Gregor's RBI-single in the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs proved to be the game winner. A solo home run was enough to lift No. 17 Georgia over Vanderbilt Friday night. Kevin Ziomek was the tough-luck loser allowing only one run on one hit over 5.1 innings.

Friday, March 30
LHP Kevin Ziomek (2-3, 3.82) vs. LHP Michael Roth (2-0, 1.28)

Saturday, March 31
RHP Tyler Beede (0-3, 6.46) vs. TBA

Sunday, April 1
TBA vs. RHP Colby Holmes (3-0, 2.67)

The Vanderbilt offense has produced just 11 extra-base hits over the last eight games and had three in the Commodores' series win over Georgia last weekend. The team enters Friday's game with 55 extra-base hits for the season (38 doubles, 8 triples, 9 home runs). Mike Yastrzemski does not have an extra-base hit since the Dores' win over Rhode Island in the second game of a doubleheader when he hit his team-best third home run (80 at-bats).

Sophomore Conrad Gregor has turned it around over the last two weeks having at least one hit in eight of the last nine games, including a six-game hitting streak. He delivered a walk-off win on Saturday night against Georgia with a base hit and has three multi-hit games in his last four (8-for-17 .471) with five RBI.

The Commodores' starting pitching has stepped during the team's last five games, in which the team is 3-2. Five pitchers (Sam Selman, Kevin Ziomek, Tyler Beede, Will Clinard, Keenan Kolinsky) have combined to allow six runs, five earned, over 22.1 innings (2.01 ERA). The starters have combined to strike out 25 batters and walk only four while allowing 20 hits in their respective starts.

The Gamecocks visit West End for the first time since 2010 when South Carolina took two-of-three from the Commodores. Last season the two teams split four games with the Gamecocks winning two-of-three in Columbia and the Dores winning in Hoover, Ala. at the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt is 21-47 against South Carolina all-time dating back to 1992.



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