Vanderbilt slams UK, takes series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt scored five runs in top of the eighth inning and dealt Kentucky its first series loss of the season on Sunday as the Commodores topped No. 3 Kentucky, 6-1, at Hawkins Field.
VANDERBILT RE-VU Vanderbilt topped Presbyterian 5-2 on Wednesday night behind six pitchers. Mother Nature helped the Commodores secure the team's eighth series sweep of the season and sixth in Southeastern Conference play with a rainout on Sunday at South Carolina. Vanderbilt clinched the series and the SEC East with a 5-2 win on Saturday. Tyler Beede improved to 12-0 with 6.1 quality innings. The Commodores edged South Carolina 3-2 in the series opener. Spencer Navin belted a two-run homer and Kevin Ziomek earned his ninth win with eight stellar innings.
ON THE BUMP Friday, May 10 LHP Kevin Ziomek (9-2, 2.03) vs. LHP A.J. Reed (2-6, 2.84)
Sunday, May 11 RHP Tyler Beede (12-0, 1.73) vs. RHP Kyle Cody (3-2, 4.86)
Sunday, May 12 RHP T.J. Pecoraro (3-1, 3.38) vs. LHP Corey Littrell (5-4, 3.46)
KEYS TO SUCCESS Tony Kemp has been one of the keys to the Commodores' offensive success this season. The Dores' leadoff man has reached base multiple times in 30 of the team's 48 games (63%) with the team going 27-3 in those games. Kemp has scored at least one run in 34 of the team's games (71%) helping the team to a 31-3 mark in those games. The junior has at least one hit in 39 games this season and of those 39 games with a hit he has scored at least one run in 30 games.
STEALING THE SHOW The Commodores have swiped 106 bases this season. The Dores' 106 steals are the most in a season in the Tim Corbin era and lead the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is tied for 10th nationally in stolen bases and is one of just 15 teams in the country to eclipse 100 stolen bases as a team this year.
THREE OR LESS Vanderbilt has held opponents to three runs or less 35 times this season going 34-1 in those games. The Commodores have not allowed more than three runs in any of their last eight games with the Dores' 15-4 win at Georgia serving as the last time an opponent topped the three-run mark. Vandy has scored three runs or less only eight times this season going 5-3 in those contests.
UNDER CONTROL The Commodores' pitching staff has been under control during the team's nine-game winning streak walking 25 batters in 81 innings while allowing opponents to hit just .197.
COMING TO KENTUCKY Vanderbilt travels to Kentucky for the teams' annual SEC showdown. The Commodores took two-of-three from top-ranked Kentucky last season at Hawkins Field and have won three straight series against the Wildcats dating back to 2010. The Dores' last trip to Cliff Hagan Stadium in 2011 featured two first round picks in Friday night's game with Kentucky's Alex Meyer outdueling Vandy's Sonny Gray in a 2-0 UK victory. Vanderbilt is 111-120-3 all-time vs. Kentucky.