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Dores host Gamecocks in big final weekend

Vince Conde leads the Commodores into the final weekend of the regular season after being named SEC & National Player of the Week.

May 14, 2014

The Commodores exploded for six runs in the fifth inning of a 10-4 win over SEMO on Tuesday night. Zander Wiel blasted his fourth home run of the year and Ro Coleman drove in a career-high three runs. Vanderbilt claimed the team's third straight series with a 16-2 win at Florida on Saturday. The Dores scored eight runs in the first inning powered by three-run homers from Vince Conde and Dansby Swanson. The Commodores evened the series at Florida 3-0 behind Carson Fulmer's first career shutout. The right-hander scattered four hits and fanned eight in his fourth win. Vanderbilt dropped the series opener at Florida 1-0. The Dores matched their season-low with two hits in the loss.

Thursday, May 15
RHP Tyler Beede (7-6, 3.43) vs. LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-4, 3.21)

Friday, May 16
RHP Carson Fulmer (4-1, 0.98) vs. LHP Jack Wynkoop (7-3, 2.16)

Saturday, May 17
RHP Tyler Ferguson (7-3, 2.66) vs. RHP Wil Crowe (6-3, 2.97)

Vanderbilt welcomes South Carolina to Hawkins Field to wrap up the regular season with lots on the line this weekend. The Commodores and Gamecocks are battling for a top four seed in next week's SEC Tournament. Vandy swept the rain-shortened series at South Carolina last season and are 6-4 against the Gamecocks over the last three seasons.

Vince Conde earned his second Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honor for his performance in last week's games. The junior went 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs and eight RBI to become the first Commodore this season to be honored twice by the SEC and first to be named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. Conde blasted the Dores' first grand slam of the season against Louisville last Tuesday and belted a three-run homer in Vandy's win at Florida on Saturday.

Junior John Norwood has reached base in 11 straight games for the Commodores. He has at least one hit in nine of the 11 games and three multi-hit games, including a three-hit game at Missouri that matched a career-best. Norwood leads the team with a .343 average (12-for-35) over the last 11 games scoring six runs and stealing five bases.

Vanderbilt is 9-2 in the team's last 11 games, winning eight of nine on the weekend in league play. The Commodores' offense has been hitting on all cylinders averaging 7.4 runs per game while the team's pitching has allowed only three runs per game. The offense has flexed its muscle with 31 extra-base hits, including 21 doubles and eight home runs. Five Commodores have driven in at least 10 runs with Dansby Swanson, Xavier Turner and Zander Wiel joining Vince Conde and Bryan Reynolds, who lead the way with 11 RBI. The defense has also stepped up turning 13 double plays and fielding .976 as a team.

The Last Meeting
South Carolina3(10)
May 23, 2013
Hoover, Ala.
10th inning walk-off lifts VU over SC
Conrad Gregor delivered a walk-off single through the right side lifting No. 1 Vanderbilt past the 17th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, 4-3, in 10 innings Thursday afternoon in the SEC Tournament at the Hoover Met.



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