May 7, 2014
The Commodores' seven-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday night with an 11-7 loss to Louisville. Vince Conde belted a grand slam and Zander Wiel added a two-run blast in the loss. Vanderbilt finished off the team's second straight sweep with a 3-1 win at Missouri on Sunday. Xavier Turner drove in two runs as Adam Ravenelle won his third game of the season out of the bullpen with 3.1 innings. The Commodores clinched the series with a 5-1 win on Saturday at Missouri. Carson Fulmer turned in six scoreless innings and John Norwood went 3-for-3 with two doubles in the win. Vanderbilt won its fifth straight with an 8-3 win at Missouri in the series opener. Freshmen Bryan Reynolds and Jason Delay led the way with three hits each.
ON THE BUMP
Thursday, May 8
RHP Tyler Beede (7-5, 3.60) vs. RHP Logan Shore (6-2, 1.62)
Friday, May 9
RHP Carson Fulmer (3-1, 1.17) vs. TBA
Saturday, May 10
RHP Tyler Ferguson (6-3, 2.87) vs. RHP Karsten Whitson (1-0, 3.30)
FACE OFF IN FLORIDA
Vanderbilt faces off with Florida in Gainesville this weekend with lots on the line. The Commodores took two-of-three from the Gators last season in Nashville for the Dores's first series win vs. UF since 2009. Vandy claimed the series on Sunday in a time-shortened game on John Norwood's pinch hit infield single that scored Mike Yastrzemski from second base. The Commodores were swept in the team's last trip to Gainesville in 2012 during the opening weekend of conference play. Vandy trails in the all-time series 68-126-1 dating back to 1927.
The Commodores have powered up over the team's last 10 games hitting seven home runs to push the team total to 17. During the 10-game stretch the Dores have added 19 more extra-base hits, including 17 doubles to run the team's league leading total to 110.
BULLISH ON THE PEN
The Vanderbilt bullpen was bullish last weekend at Missouri during the team's second straight series sweep. Four Commodore relievers combined to allow only one unearned run over 12.1 innings of relief with Adam Ravenelle earning his third win of the year out of the pen on Sunday. The Vandy bullpen enters tonight's game with a 1.98 ERA on the season with three pitchers (Brian Miller, Hayden Stone and Ravenelle) sporting ERAs under one for the year.
The Commodores are in the midst of a busy schedule to wrap up the 2014 regular season. The Dores traveled to Columbia, Mo. last week, hosted Louisville Tuesday before leaving Wednesday to start a three-game series at Florida on Thursday. Vandy returns home next week to host SEMO on Tuesday and South Carolina on Thursday in the final series of the regular season. The following week, the Commodores travel to Hoover, Ala. and the SEC Tournament. Beginning with last week's trip to Missouri, Vanderbilt's road to Hoover will literally be 2,218 miles and include seven games against ranked opponents.