April 26, 2012
The Commodores used three home runs to down Middle Tennessee State 8-4 on Wednesday night. Conrad Gregor, Spencer Navin and Connor Harrell all went deep as Sam Selman won his fifth straight start. Vanderbilt rallied for seven runs over the final two innings to avoid a sweep at Alabama with a 9-7 win on Sunday. Connor Harrell's RBI-single put the Dores in front as Conrad Gregor led the way with three hits, including his first home run of the season. The Crimson Tide used a walk-off, three-run home run from Austen Smith to clinch the series on Saturday. Tony Kemp scored three runs and Spencer Navin drove in two in the loss. Alabama held off a late Vanderbilt rally to win the series opener 6-4 Friday night. Anthony Gomez's three hits and two-run homer was not enough in the loss.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, April 27
RHP T.J. Pecoraro (0-1, 4.09) vs. LHP Taylor Rogers (4-2, 5.01)
Saturday, April 28
RHP Tyler Beede (1-4, 4.78) vs. LHP Jerad Grundy (4-1, 4.24)
Sunday, April 29
LHP Kevin Ziomek (2-6, 5.44) vs. LHP Corey Littrell (6-0, 2.51)
Anthony Gomez has a 13-game hitting streak, going 27-for-57 (.474) with 11 runs scored and 14 RBI. Gomez has also reached base in 20 straight games. Spencer Navin has reached base in 21 straight games. The Commodores' catcher has at least one hit in 17 of the 21 games, hitting .352 (25-for-71). Tony Kemp has reached base in 15 straight games. During the 15-game streak he has 14 walks and is 18-for-54 (.333) with 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and seven extra-base hits.
The Commodores have flipped the power switch over the team's last five games belting five home runs, including a season-high three on Wednesday night at Middle Tennessee State. Before the Dores' recent power surge the team had 13 home runs but enters the weekend with 18 as a team with 10 different players hitting at least one homer this season compared to eight different players going deep a year ago. Conrad Gregor has hit home runs in back-to-back games and has five extra-base hits in his last four games.
PITCHERS PROTECTING HOME TURF
Vanderbilt's pitchers have been solid over the team's last five home games allowing 10 earned runs and striking out 44 over 45.0 innings (2.00 ERA) while the team has gone 4-1.
TAKING ON THE WILDCATS
Kentucky makes the trip south to take on Vanderbilt this weekend. The Commodores won the series last season in Lexington claiming games on Saturday and Sunday after the Wildcats' win on Friday night that featured two soon-to-be first round picks in Sonny Gray and Alex Meyer. The last time the Cats visited Hawkins Field in 2010 Vandy swept the three-game series, taking both ends of a doubleheader to complete the sweep. The Dores are 109-119-3 all-time against Kentucky dating back to 1924 when VU won 11-9.
CORBIN'S CALL-IN SHOW
Head Coach Tim Corbin's call-in show will be held at Corner Pub Midtown on Monday at 6 p.m. The event is free and for all ages. The Voice of the Commodores Joe Fisher hosts the show on The Game 102.5 and can also be heard on vucommodores.com with an All-Access subscription.
The Commodores' men's basketball team will receive their SEC Tournament Champion rings in a ceremony prior to Friday night's game against Kentucky. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. on the field.
The National Commodore Club is hosting a tailgate prior to Saturday's game beginning at noon on McGugin Lawn. Advance tickets are $5 per person for Vanderbilt Young Alumni and guests, $10 per person for NCC members and guests and $15 per person for the General Public. At the event, tickets will be $10 per person for Vanderbilt Young Alumni and guests, $15 per person for NCC members and guests and $20 per person for the General Public. All children 5 and younger are free. Please R.S.V.P. by noon on Friday, April 27th.
Stay for the 2 p.m. game and enjoy a specially priced NCC outfield ticket for $5 per person. Reserve your game tickets when you R.S.V.P. for the tailgate and pick them up at the event. Limited tickets are available.