Commodores host Skyhawks Tuesday night

John Norwood hit his first career home run last season vs. UT-Martin.

 UT-Martin Skyhawks (9-22) at #2 Vanderbilt Commodores (29-4)
Date/Time Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Nashville, T.N.
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April 8, 2013

The Commodores need 11 innings to finish off a the team's fifth series sweep of the season at Ole Miss on Sunday winning 7-6. Connor Harrell doubled and came around to score in the top of the 11th inning for the winning run. Vanderbilt clinched the series at Ole Miss with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Tyler Beede moved to 8-0 with six quality innings and Brian Miller notched his 10th save of the season. The Commodores edged Ole Miss in a pitchers' duel 3-1 on Friday night. Kevin Ziomek earned his sixth win and Brian Miller notched his ninth save. Vanderbilt pounded out 12 hits en route to a 12-3 win over Middle Tennessee State Tuesday night. Vince Conde belted a grand slam and Xavier Turner scored four runs in the win.

Tuesday, April 9
RHP Tyler Ferguson (2-0, 3.26) vs. RHP Chris Ross (3-1, 2.93)

The Vanderbilt offense has been pounding out hits over the team's last five games collecting at least 10 hits in four of the five games. The Dores have 62 hits (12.4 per game) in the last five games and matched the team's season-best in Sunday's win at Ole Miss with 17. In Vandy's previous seven games the team had posted just one double digit hit total (15 vs. Florida March 23).

The Dores have been aggressive on the base paths this season, taking extra bases and stealing 73 bases in the team's 33 games for an average of 2.2 steals per game. If the Commodores continue that pace the squad will steal nearly 124 bases this season. No Vanderbilt team has stolen more than 95 bases under Coach Corbin and a Vandy team has not passed the 100-steal mark since 1994 when the team swiped 104 bags. The 1989 team holds the record for most steals in a season with 182 stolen bases.

Four freshman pitchers have seen time on the mound this season for the Commodores, including Tuesday night starter Tyler Ferguson. The quartet of Ferguson, Carson Fulmer, Walker Buehler and Kyle Smith have combined to pitch 69.1 innings with a 3.12 ERA and have combined to strike out 70 batters. The four hurlers have also combined to start seven games already this season while appearing in 28 games total.

The Commodores have swept five of the team's first eight series this season and have won all eight. Vanderbilt swept three series all of last season but swept eight series in 2011 when the team won 13 of 15 series during the season. The Dores' two road sweeps in league play this season mark the first time since 2008 a Vanderbilt team swept two SEC series on the road in a season. In 2008, Vandy posted back-to-back sweeps at Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Vanderbilt hosts UT-Martin for the fourth straight year on Tuesday night. The Commodores are 8-1 all-time having won eight straight against the Skyhawks, who won the first-ever meeting in 1995. Vandy pounded out 15 hits and scored eight runs in the first inning en route to a 16-2 victory. Tony Kemp and John Norwood each hit their first career home runs in the win.

The Last Meeting
April 3, 2012
Nashville, Tenn.
Commodores fly by Skyhawks
Vanderbilt flew by UT-Martin 16-2 Tuesday night at Hawkins Field. The offense collected 15 hits with 11 different Commodores posting at least one hit. Tony Kemp and John Norwood each hit their first career home runs. Sam Selman earned his second win with five no-hit innings.



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