2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 8 -- #4 Vanderbilt 7, #1 South Carolina 2
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Commodores take down South Carolina
Hoover, Ala. – Vanderbilt improved to 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 7-2 win over South Carolina Thursday night at Regions Park.
The Commodores took an early lead scoring two runs in the first and led 3-1 after three innings. However, the top-ranked Gamecocks cut the lead to one in the fourth inning and put runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Vanderbilt bullpen kept South Carolina off the scoreboard and the Dores’ offense rewarded the team’s pitchers in the ninth with a four-run rally to blow the game open.
Anthony Gomez’s leadoff single and Aaron Westlake’s pop-up, bunt single put runners on first and third base with no outs before Mike Yastrzemski drove in Gomez with a safety squeeze. One batter later, Jason Esposito executed a hit-and-run to drive in Westlake. Conrad Gregor’s sacrifice bunt scored the third run of the rally and Riley Reynolds capped the inning with a single to left field scoring Esposito.
Eight of the nine Commodores in the lineup had at least one hit in the win led by Gregor, who had two hits and two RBI. Westlake, Esposito and Reynolds all added two hits apiece for the Dores. Christian Walker paced the Gamecocks with three hits.
Vandy starter Sonny Gray earned the win working 6.1 strong innings. The right-hander struck out seven and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits for his 10th win of the year. Navery Moore notched his 10th save of the year working 1.1 innings. Corey Williams and Will Clinard each recorded two huge outs to preserve the Dores’ lead in the seventh and eighth. South Carolina starter Forrest Koumas was pinned with the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits over 4.1 innings.
2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 8 – Thursday, May 26 – 7:25 p.m.
#1 South Carolina vs. #4 Vanderbilt
• Thursday's matchup marks the 18th time that Florida and Alabama have met in the SEC Tournament.
• The last time the two teams squared off in the SEC Tournament was in 2009, which saw Vanderbilt take the win 5-4.
• The Commodores hold the 4-3 advantage all-time between the two teams in the tournament.
• On the year, Vanderbilt moves to 46-9 and South Carolina drops to 45-13.
• For their conference tournament records, the Commodores are now 33-25 and the Gamecocks are 24-34.
• Head coach Tim Corbin is now 15-18 all-time against South Carolina since becoming the Commodore skipper.
• For the season, Vanderbilt is now 25-2 when holding opposing teams to two runs or less and they are 12-8 when scoring five runs or less.
• Designated hitter Conrad Gregor had three hits on the night to lead the team. It's Gregor's fourth three-hit game of the year.
• Starting pitcher Sonny Gray recorded his 10th win of the season on Thursday night. He is now the third Vanderbilt pitcher with at least 10 wins this season.
• Gray also notched his team-leading 13th quality start of the year.
• The seven strikeouts for Gray give him now 112 for the season to remain tops on the team.
• Gray's seven K's are also the third most in a game in this year's SEC Tournament.
• Three relief pitchers (Williams, Clinard, Moore) came in after Gray for the Commodores and threw 2.2 innings without giving up a run.
• Navery Moore recorded his first save of the 2011 SEC Tournament. It's his 10th save in 12 opportunities this season.
• Vanderbilt scored four runs in the ninth inning. This season they have scored 22 runs in the ninth frame.
• In the ninth inning, all nine Vanderbilt starters made a plate appearance.
• One-upping themselves from the night before, eight of the nine Vanderbilt hitters had at least one hit on Thursday night against South Carolina.
• Starting pitcher Forrest Koumas recorded three strikeouts on the day, which ties him for third most on the team this season.
• With his single in the third inning, second baseman Scott Wingo has now reached base safely in 12 straight games. Peter Mooney kept the same streak alive for himself with two walks. He has reached base safely in 13 straight games.
• First baseman Christian Walker had two hits on the night. That puts him at 80 for the season, which is a team-best.
• Walker also notched his 23rd multi-hit game of the season, which is best on the team as well.
• After going 0-4 on Thursday night, centerfielder Evan Marzelli could not extend his hit streak past seven games. His second inning strikeout also broke a string of nine consecutive at-bats that he had hit safely.
• After replacing Koumas in the fifth inning, reliever John Taylor threw three innings of scoreless baseball for his second longest outing of the season. It was his longest outing since throwing four innings against Mississippi State on April 24.