May 1, 2014
Swanson | Vanderbilt Game Notes
The Commodores finished off the team's first SEC sweep on Sunday with a 6-1 win. Zander Wiel drove in three runs, including a solo homer, to lead the offense. Vanderbilt clinched the series with an 11-0 win on Saturday behind Carson Fulmer, who tossed seven scoreless innings. Xavier Turner belted his second home run of the season with a three-run blast. The Commodores held off a late Georgia rally to win the opener 12-9 in the resumption of Friday night's game. Bryan Reynolds drove in four runs and Tyler Beede picked up the win with five scoreless innings.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, May 2
RHP Tyler Beede (6-5, 3.46) vs. RHP Brett Graves (3-3, 2.89)
Saturday, May 3
RHP Carson Fulmer (2-1, 1.35) vs. RHP John Miles (2-5, 5.22)
Sunday, May 4
RHP Tyler Ferguson (6-3, 2.90) vs. TBA
COMMODORES HEAD TO THE NEW COLUMBIA FOR FIRST TIME
Vanderbilt heads to Missouri for the first time in school history this weekend. The Commodores and Tigers met for the first time on the diamond last year in Nashville with Vandy sweeping the three-game set. The Dores outscored Mizzou 39-10 for the weekend to cap off a week that saw VU score 49 runs in four games. Tyler Beede improved to 9-0 in Saturday's 12-1 win over the Tigers and Brett Graves. Beede was outstanding in the win, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings and set a then career-best with 10 strikeouts.
ROTATING BACK TO FORM
The Vanderbilt starting rotation returned to form last weekend against Georgia with starters Tyler Beede, Carson Fulmer and Tyler Ferguson combining to allow only one unearned run. The trio turned in 17 innings, including Beede's start that was cut short by Friday night's power outage. Add in Walker Buehler's complete game against Memphis on Tuesday and Vandy's starting pitching posted a 0.35 ERA (1ER/26.0IP) last week in the Commodores' first 4-0 week since early March.
Vandy reliever Adam Ravenelle has been extended over his last two outings for the Dores, pitching seven scoreless. Ravenelle had pitched three innings just once in his career but set a new career-best with four innings at Arkansas and turned in three more scoreless innings with a career-high five strikeouts in last Sunday's win over Georgia.
Vanderbilt enters the weekend with 14 home runs for the season with four of those round trippers coming in the team's last six games. All four home runs have come from four different Commodores with Zander Wiel, Xavier Turner, Bryan Reynolds and John Norwood touching them all. Reynolds leads the team with three home runs.
Commodores' second baseman Dansby Swanson has four two-hit games in his last five going 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles and four RBI. The sophomore is second on the team with 17 doubles.