April 10, 2014
Vanderbilt Game Notes | Conde Interview
Vanderbilt bounced back to beat Indiana State 6-2 Tuesday night behind Walker Buehler. The sophomore notched his second 10-strikeout game of the season in the win. The Commodores dropped their second series of the season on Sunday in a 7-0 loss at Tennessee. VU had just two hits in the team's first shutout loss of the season. Tennessee rallied for two runs in the ninth to down Vanderbilt 10-9 and even the series. Vince Conde led the Dores with a career-best four hits, including a home run. The Commodores rallied from behind to win the series opener at Tennessee 6-4. Tyler Beede worked a career-best eight innings to earn the win.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, April 11
RHP Tyler Beede (5-3, 2.81) vs. RHP Jason Jester (2-2, 4.20)
Saturday, April 12
LHP Jared Miller (6-1, 2.01) vs. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-4, 3.32)
Sunday, April 13
RHP Tyler Ferguson (5-1, 2.25) vs. RHP Grayson Long (3-1, 2.49)
HAWKINS FIELD WELCOMES FIRST-TIME VISITOR TEXAS A&M
The Commodores and Aggies meet for the first time in the regular season after meeting for the first time ever last May in the SEC Tournament. The two teams played twice in Hoover, splitting the two games and trading shutouts with Texas A&M winning 5-0 and the Dores 3-0 to advance to the semifinals. In the Vandy win, Tyler Beede allowed two hits with eight strikeouts over 7.1 scoreless innings before Brian Miller finished off his 15th save of the season.
Vince Conde has been red hot for the Commodores having reached base in 19 of his last 20 games. The junior is coming off a productive week that saw him go 8-for-16 with four RBI, three extra-base hits and five runs scored. Conde set a career-best with four hits last Saturday going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Entering the weekend he has been the most consistent Commodore in SEC games so far this season hitting a team-best .500 (21-for-42) with 13 RBI and six runs scored through 12 league games.
TIME FOR DELAY
Freshman catcher Jason Delay has played in eight of the Dores' last 13 games, earning six starts. The catcher's offense has improved during the stretch going 7-for-27 with four RBI and four doubles. Delay posted a big weekend at Tennessee going 3-for-6 with three doubles and two RBI.
VANDERBILT DOUBLES MACHINE
The Vandy offense has been a doubles machine this season. The Commodores lead the Southeastern Conference and rank fourth nationally with 79 two-base hits. The Dores are averaging 2.32 doubles per game and are on pace for 130 doubles during the regular season. Dansby Swanson leads the SEC and the Commodores with 15 doubles and is one of three Dores in double figures (Bryan Reynolds - 11, Xavier Turner - 10).
PUNCH OUT PITCHERS
Vanderbilt and Texas A&M enter the weekend as two of the top three strikeout pitching staffs in the league. Vandy leads the league with 311 punch outs with the Aggies in third at 279.