Vandy travels to South Carolina

May 2, 2013

The Last Meeting
South Carolina2
May 23, 2012
Hoover, Ala.
'Dores squeeze by South Carolina, 3-2
Junior Mike Yastrzemski's squeeze bunt on a two-strike count in the top of the eight that scored freshman Vince Conde was the difference in Vanderbilt's 3-2 win over South Carolina Wednesday in Game 8 of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament.

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Vanderbilt finished off the squad's seventh series sweep of the year and fifth in league play with an 8-3 win against No. 16 Mississippi State on Sunday. The Dores scored five runs in the first inning and never trailed. Conrad Gregor went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. The Commodores claimed the series with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Mike Yastrzemski drove in two runs and Tony Kemp reached base five times in support of Tyler Beede's 11th win of the year. Vanderbilt held off a ninth inning rally from Mississippi State to win the opener 3-1 Friday night. Brian Miller set the single-season school record with his 12th save.

Friday, May 3
LHP Kevin Ziomek (8-2, 2.12) vs. LHP Nolan Belcher (6-4, 2.03)

Saturday, May 4
RHP Tyler Beede (11-0, 1.63) vs. LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-0, 1.40)

Sunday, May 5
RHP T.J. Pecoraro (2-1, 3.93) vs. TBA

Tony Kemp was tabbed the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The junior had a stellar week in helping the Commodores top two ranked foes in No. 12 Louisville and No. 16 Mississippi State. Kemp went 9-for-14 (.643) with seven runs scored over the four-game stretch. He became the first Commodore this season to earn Player of the Week accolades and first since Anthony Gomez last May. Philip Pfeifer and Kevin Ziomek have each been named SEC Pitcher of the Week this season with Ziomek earning the award twice.

Since joining the starting lineup at Georgia, Zander Wiel has been a welcomed addition for the Commodores. In his six games as a starter Wiel is 8-for-21 (.381) with three doubles, three home runs, seven runs scored and 12 RBI. Wiel has at least one RBI in all six starts, including a career-best five RBI in his first career start at Georgia on April 20.

Vanderbilt enters the weekend having outscored its opponents 332-139 through the Dores' 45 games this season. The Commodores are averaging 7.4 runs per game while allowing 3.1 runs per game. SEC play has not done much to disrupt the difference. In 21 games, Vandy is averaging 6.9 runs per game in league games and giving up 3.2 runs.

The Commodores have 99 stolen bases this season to lead the SEC. The 99 swipes are the most in the Tim Corbin Era and the most since 1994 when the team stole 104 bases.

Tyler Beede has joined fellow Commodore Kevin Ziomek on the Golden Spikes Award watch list. USA Baseball awards the Golden Spikes to the top amateur baseball player in the country every season. Former Dore David Price is the only Commodore to ever win the award. USA Baseball will announce the 30 semifinalists on May 28 with three finalists being named June 4 and the winner announced July 19.

Vanderbilt returns to the road at South Carolina this week. The Commodores lost two-of-three to the Gamecocks last season at Hawkins Field with the visitors winning the rubber match 6-4 in 13 innings. The Dores have not won a series against South Carolina since 2008 and hold a 23-49 record against the Gamecocks all time.

Friday night's game at South Carolina will be televised on SportSouth live ONLY in the Carolinas and will be on tape delay starting at midnight ET/11 p.m. CT.



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