Baseball Preview: Ole Miss

May 16, 2012

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Vanderbilt clinched its second straight road series with a 5-4 win in 10 innings at #4 LSU. Mike Yastrzemski's solo home run in the ninth helped the Dores get to extra innings and Tony Kemp's single in the 10th scored the winning run. The Commodores evened the series with the Tigers, winning Saturday's game 6-3. Anthony Gomez had four hits and Sam Selman won his team-best eighth game. Vanderbilt dropped a pitcher's duel 2-1 at LSU on Friday. T.J. Pecoraro was the tough-luck loser in his first career complete game, allowing two runs. 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.

Thursday, May 17 - 6:30 p.m. CT (TV: ESPNU)
RHP T.J. Pecoraro (0-4, 4.12) vs. RHP Bobby Wahl (6-1, 2.18)

Friday, May 18 - 6:30 p.m. CT
LHP Sam Selman (8-3, 4.03) vs. RHP Mike Mayers (4-2, 4.04)

Saturday, May 19 - 2 p.m. CT
LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-6, 5.02) vs. TBA

Vanderbilt has turned the season around in the second half of the Southeastern Conference schedule winning four of the team's last five series, including three straight. Since beating Belmont on April 11 the Commodores are 13-6 with series victories over two Top 5 teams (Kentucky and LSU). During the stretch the Dores are outscoring opponents 105-75 (5.5 to 4.0) and have hit 13 of the team's 25 home runs for the season. Anthony Gomez has hit .375 with a team-best 17 RBI. Sam Selman has helped lead the way on the mound going 6-0 in six games, four starts, with a 1.80 ERA.

Junior Anthony Gomez enters Thursday night's game just two hits shy of joining Vanderbilt's All-Time Top 10 hits list. Gomez has 251 hits in his career and will climb into the Top 10 with two more hits tying him with Nick Morrow (1991-94) and former teammate Jason Esposito (2009-11).

Over Vanderbilt's last 12 games the Commodores have scored the winning run in the eighth inning or later five times to help the team go 9-3 during the stretch. Vandy pushed a run across in the top of the 10th to win at LSU May 13, scored one run in the bottom of the eighth to beat Louisville May 8, put a five-spot on the board in the bottom of the eighth against Kentucky April 29 after scoring the winning run in the eighth against the Wildcats the day before and scored two runs in the top of the ninth at Alabama April 22 to avoid the sweep.

The Commodores welcome Ole Miss to Nashville for the first time since 2009 when the Rebels took two-of-three at Hawkins Field. The teams have not played since 2009 with Ole Miss winning six of the last eight games between the two teams dating back to a series sweep in Oxford in 2008. Vanderbilt is 46-50-2 against Ole Miss all-time in a series dating back to the Dores' 6-5 win in 1900.



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