Baseball Preview: LSU

May 10, 2012

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The Commodores topped #23 Louisville 3-2 Tuesday night to reach .500 for the first time this season. Conrad Gregor scored the winning run from third on a wild pitch in the eighth inning. Vanderbilt clinched the series with a come-from-behind 12-6 win at Tennessee on Sunday. Conrad Gregor and Connor Harrell each hit home runs and collected three hits apiece while Tony Kemp added two triples. Sam Selman earned his team-best seventh win working 4.2 innings out of the bullpen. The Commodores held off a ninth inning rally to even the series Saturday with a 7-4 win. Conrad Gregor and Connor Harrell each had three hits in the win. Tennessee rallied by Vanderbilt to win the series opener 8-2 Friday night. Mike Yastrzemski led VU with two hits in the loss.

Friday, May 11
RHP T.J. Pecoraro (0-3, 5.40) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (7-1, 3.16)

Saturday, May 12
LHP Sam Selman (7-3, 4.25) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.90)

Sunday, May 13
RHP Tyler Beede (1-4, 4.14) vs. RHP Ryan Eades (5-2, 3.62)

Connor Harrell has began to heat up over his last seven games going 15-for-39 (.385) with four doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI. Harrell's hot streak follows a slump that saw him go 3-for-31 (.097). The Dores outfielder finished last season on a powerful pace starting against Tennessee on April 29 with a pinch-hit home run and hitting a team-best .365 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 24 RBI over the team's final 26 games.

Juniors Anthony Gomez and Mike Yastrzemski have been regulars since showing up on campus as freshmen in 2010. Gomez has started 162 straight games dating back to March 17, 2010 at Western Kentucky. Yastrzemski has been on the lineup card every game since May 26, 2010 vs. Arkansas marking 124 games.

The Commodores' bullpen flexed its muscle over the weekend at Tennessee pitching 16.1 innings, striking out 11 and earning both Vandy wins over the Volunteers. Over the last six games the VU pen has four wins and has turned in 29 innings with 23 strikeouts with opponents hitting .241.

Tony Kemp's two triples last Sunday helped lead Vanderbilt to victory at Tennessee. The pair of three-base hits also gave Kemp a SEC-leading eight for the season and matched the Vanderbilt single-season record set by Ryan Klosterman in 2004. The sophomore from Franklin, Tenn. narrowly missed the record a year ago with seven.

Vanderbilt visits Baton Rouge for the first time since 2010 when the Commodores won the final two games to clinch the series. Vandy swept the Tigers last season at Hawkins Field, outscoring LSU 31-11 as part of a six-game streak that saw the Dores score 10-plus runs in each game. VU is 35-51 against LSU since 1974.



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