2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 4 -- #4 Vanderbilt 10, #5 Georgia 0 (7 Innings)
Commodores run-rule Bulldogs in opener
Birmingham, Ala. – Vanderbilt opened the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 10-0 run-rule win over Georgia Wednesday night at Regions Park.
A trio of freshmen led the fourth-ranked Commodores with pitchers T.J. Pecoraro and Kevin Ziomek teaming up with SEC Freshman of the Year Tony Kemp. Pecoraro and Ziomek combined for a one-hit shutout with Ziomek earning the victory. The lefty entered the game in the fourth inning after Pecoraro exited with a right forearm strain. Ziomek walked the first batter he faced to load the bases but struck out the next two Bulldogs to end the threat. He earned his third win of the year working 3.2 no-hit innings and fanning three.
The Vanderbilt offense started early scoring three runs in the second inning with help from two Georgia errors. Jason Esposito led off the inning with a solo home run and Tony Kemp singled in a run and later scored to make it 3-0 Dores after two innings. Esposito’s RBI-single in the fifth extended the lead before the Commodores’ tacked on two more runs in the sixth and ended the game with four runs in the seventh. Anthony Gomez’s single to right field scored Kemp, who had tripled, to end the game.
Kemp led all players scoring three runs, driving in three runs and going 3-for-5 with two stolen bases. Esposito added three hits, two RBI and two runs scored in the victory. Aaron Westlake and Curt Casali each went 2-for-4. Joey Delmonico had the Bulldogs’ lone hit in the third inning with a single up the middle.
Georgia starter Michael Palazzone took the loss giving up six runs, four earned, on 11 hits over six innings. The Bulldogs’ bullpen was roughed up for four runs on three hits while recording just two outs.
The Commodores advance to play top-ranked South Carolina tomorrow night in the last game of the day at Regions Park. Sonny Gray gets the nod for Vanderbilt against Gamecocks’ freshman right-hander Forrest Koumas.
2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
#4 Vanderbilt vs. #5 Georgia
• With the win Vanderbilt moves to 45-9 overall on the season and Georgia falls to 28-29.
• In the SEC Tournament, the Commodores are now 32-25 and the Bulldogs are 25-37.
• This is the 19th appearance in the conference tournament being made by the Bulldogs.
• Joey Delmonico's single in the third inning was the only hit recorded by the Bulldogs in the game. The last time, Georgia was one-hit was against Arkansas on April 19th, 2009.
• The Bulldogs failed to score any runs in Wednesday night's game. That marks the third time this season Georgia went scoreless in a game. The last time Georgia was shutout in the SEC Tournament was in 2009 against LSU (16-0).
• The one hit by Georgia is the least amount ever recorded by the team in the SEC Tournament.
• The drought of hits also ends the eight-game hitting streak that Chase Davidson had coming into the tournament, as well as the seven-game hit streak by Curt Powell.
• Georgia starting pitcher Michael Palazzone gave up four earned runs to Vanderbilt on Wednesday night, six total. That ties for the second-most he's given up this season.
• This is the sixth straight appearance in the SEC Tournament for the Commodores and eighth time in the last nine year under Head Coach Tim Corbin.
• Jason Esposito got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run over the left field wall. That was his seventh of the year and fourth solo homer of the season. In the game, Esposito went 3-for-4 with the home run and two singles.
• This was the first start for T.J. Pecoraro since April 12th against Middle Tennessee State.
• Kevin Ziomek relieved Pecoraro in the middle of the at-bat with Georgia's Chase Davidson in the top of the fourth inning and ended up striking out two of the first four batters he faced.
• Vanderbilt's 14 hits was the third most by the team in the SEC Tournament in the last five years.
• The 10-0 win was the Commodores sixth shutout of the year.
• Seven of the nine Vanderbilt starters recorded hits against Georgia on Wednesday night, while eight players reached base in some fashion.
• Pecoraro and Ziomek combined for six strikeouts and gave up only one hit over seven innings.
• Four Vanderbilt hitters (Kemp, Westlake, Casali, Esposito) had a multi-hit game on Wednesday night. For Esposito, that was his sixth three-hit ballgame of the season.