April 15, 2013
Vanderbilt finished off the team's sixth sweep of the season with a 16-4 blowout win over Missouri on Sunday to extend the team's winning streak to 14 games. Connor Harrell drove in four runs, scored four runs and collected four hits to lead the way. Tyler Beede dominated the Tigers on Saturday as the Commodores won 12-1. Beede struck out a career-best 10 and did not allow a walk for the first time in his career. The Commodores hammered Missouri 11-5 on Friday night hitting three home runs in the win. Connor Harrell became the first Dore this season to hit two homers in a game and Kyle Smith added his second career shot. Vanderbilt blew by UT-Martin 10-3 on Tuesday night. Xavier Turner drove in a career-best three runs and Tony Kemp scored three more.
ON THE BUMP
Tuesday, April 16
RHP Tyler Ferguson (3-0, 3.33) vs. RHP Garrett Baugh (3-1, 6.75)
HIT PARADE CONTINUES
The Vanderbilt offense has been clicking over the team's last six games putting at least 10 hits in the hit column. During the stretch the Commodores' offense has 91 hits for an average of 15.2 hits per game while hitting .394 as a team. Tony Kemp and Spencer Navin have led the way combining to go 22-for-43 with 14 runs scored and 14 RBI. In five of the six games the Dores have totaled at least 10 runs, including Sunday's season-best run total of 16 runs vs. Missouri, and are averaging 9.7 runs during the stretch. The team's 16 runs Sunday came one day after registering a season-best 19 hits.
Senior Connor Harrell leads the Commodores with 50 RBI on the season. Harrell's total is already a career-best and the outfielder is on pace for nearly 76 RBI during the regular season. Over his last four games he has driven in 11 runs, knocking in four runs in two separate games against Missouri over the weekend. He has at least one RBI in eight of his last 10 games for a total of 20. For the season, Harrell has a team-best 14 multi-RBI games after registering just five all of last season. Warner Jones (2004) and Clinton Johnston (1998) share the single-season school record of 74 RBI.
THE RETURN OF X
Since his return to the starting lineup against Lipscomb on March 26, Xavier Turner has at least one hit in 11 of the 12 games. Turner has held down the hot corner for the Commodores while hitting .340 (17-for-50) with 12 runs scored and six stolen bases. He has made no errors since returning to third base as the starter.
FLIES OF SACRIFICE
Vanderbilt leads the country in sacrifice flies with 31 as a team. Conrad Gregor is tied with Georgia's Kyle Farmer for the national lead with nine sac flies. The Commodores had a season-best three sacrifice flies in Sunday's win and have at least one in 10 of the last 12 games.
TAKING ON TENNESSEE TECH
Vanderbilt welcomes Tennessee Tech to Hawkins Field for the teams' annual showdown. The Commodores hold the all-time edge 41-20 in a series that dates back to 1928. Last season the Dores shut out the Golden Eagles 6-0 to improve to 10-15 on the year. Sam Selman earned his first career win and Brian Miller notched his first career save with four scoreless innings.