Baseball Preview: Mississippi State

Spencer Navin is riding a nine-game hitting streak enteriing this weekend's series at Mississippi State.

April 5, 2012

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The Commodores pounded out 15 hits en route to a season-high 16 runs in a 16-2 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night. Tony Kemp and John Norwood each hit their first career home run and Sam Selman tossed five no-hit innings to earn his second straight win. South Carolina outlasted Vanderbilt 6-4 in 13 innings on Sunday to clinch the series. Tony Kemp led the Dores with two doubles and two RBI. The Commodores used a seven-run fourth and stellar pitching to beat the Gamecocks 12-4 Saturday. Tyler Beede earned his first collegiate win with six strong innings while Brian Miller notched his second save with three innings of work. South Carolina jumped on Vanderbilt early and held off a late rally to win the opener 8-3 Friday night. Kevin Ziomek was tagged for six runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings in the loss.

Friday, April 6
LHP Kevin Ziomek (2-4, 4.70) vs. RHP Chris Stratton (6-0, 2.21)

Saturday, April 7
RHP Tyler Beede (1-3, 5.46) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (2-0, 2.45)

Sunday, April 8

Freshman starter Tyler Beede has started to settle in to college baseball over his last two starts. The right-hander earned his first collegiate win last week against South Carolina and has allowed two runs on 13 hits with 15 strikeouts in 11-plus innings over his last two starts. In his three Southeastern Conference starts Beede is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA while allowing three walks and striking out 21 in 16 innings.

Vanderbilt hits the road this weekend for the third time this season having already played at Stanford and Florida. The Commodores enter the series at Mississippi State 0-7 in road games. Dating back to last season the Commodores have dropped five straight series opening games losing last season at South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia.

Spencer Navin enters the weekend riding a nine-game hitting streak. The Commodores' catcher is 13-for-32 (.406) with four runs scored, three RBI and a .486 on-base percentage. All 13 of his hits have been singles and he does not have an extra-base hit since hitting his first career home run against Rhode Island March 4. His nine-game hitting streak is the longest current streak on the team and the third longest this season (Kemp 11, Gomez 10).

Vanderbilt visits Starkville for the first time since 2010 when the Commodores swept the Bulldogs for the second straight trip, also sweeping in 2008. Last season Vanderbilt posted back-to-back shutout victories before the Bulldogs rallied to win Sunday's game and snap a 12-game game losing streak to the Dores. Vanderbilt is 36-53-2 all-time against Mississippi State in a series dating back to 1951.



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