2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 11 -- #4 Vanderbilt 3, #2 Arkansas 2
Dores advance to championship game
Hoover, Ala. – Vanderbilt scored early and held on late to eliminate Arkansas 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference Saturday at Regions Park.
A leadoff walk to Tony Kemp to start the first inning and Anthony Gomez’s double jump-started the Commodores’ offense for a 1-0 lead after one inning. Connor Harrell’s two-run home run to left field extended the lead in the second inning before the Dores loaded the bases and chased Arkansas starter Cade Lynch. However, Razorback’s reliever Colby Suggs came on to hold the Vanderbilt offense scoreless 4.2 innings to allow Arkansas to get back in the game with two runs in the sixth inning. But the Vanderbilt bullpen answered the challenge with four pitchers combining for the final 2.2 innings without allowing a base runner.
Will Clinard entered the game and struck out his only two batters faced with two runners on base in the seventh. Kevin Ziomek and Mark Lamm combined for a perfect eighth inning and Navery Moore notched his 11th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Moore’s 11th save of the year matches Ryan Rote’s school record set in 2004. Commodores’ starter Grayson Garvin earned his 12th win of the season to match Casey Weathers and Jeff Peeples’ school record. The lefty worked 6.1 innings allowing two runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. He is the first pitcher in SEC history to win 10 SEC games in a single season.
Anthony Gomez paced Vanderbilt with two hits and Tony Kemp’s 15-game hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-2 performance. Collin Kuhn led Arkansas with a pair of hits, including a RBI-triple in the sixth. Lynch took the loss for the Razorbacks allowing three runs on four hits over 1.2 innings.
2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 11 – Saturday, May 28 – 9:30 p.m.
#4 Vanderbilt vs. #2 Arkansas
• Vanderbilt moves to 47-9 on the year, while Arkansas falls to 38-20.
• The Commodores won the regular season series with the Razorbacks this year, 2-1.
• Vanderbilt has now won all four meetings with Arkansas in the SEC Tournament
• Starting pitcher Cade Lynch only went 1.2 innings. It's the second straight time he has not pitched at least two innings.
• Lynch's four hits given up were his most since giving up five hits to Alabama on April 1st, 2011.
• Leadoff hitter Bo Bigham had two strikeouts in the game. It's the second time in the tournament that he has tallied at least two strikeouts.
• Center fielder Collin Kuhn extended his reached base streak to 11 games on Saturday with his single in the first inning.
• The Arkansas pitching staff gave up four walks in the game. It's the most for the team in a tournament game this year.
• The Razorbacks played in the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2009 and fourth time since 2004.
• Collin Kuhn's triple in the sixth inning is the fourth triple by a player in the SEC Tournament and Kuhn's second of the season.
• Shortstop Tim Carver was caught stealing in the sixth inning. It's only the fifth time in 26 attempts he's been caught stealing.
• After giving up a walk in the third inning, Suggs retired the next 10 batters he faced.
• With Colby Suggs performance along with Barrett Astin, the Arkansas bullpen has thrown 20 innings, giving up nine hits, two runs, six walks and ten strikeouts.
• After his four hit performance against Mississippi State two games ago, catcher James McCann has gone hitless.
• With their two runs in the sixth inning, the Hogs have outscored their opponents 144-68 from the sixth inning on this season.
• Starting pitcher Grayson Garvin earned his 12th win of the year and the Commodores are now 14-1 in games that Garvin starts.
• The Commodores are now 10-4 in one run games.
• Tony Kemp stole second base in the top of the first inning. It's his 14 stolen base of the year and ties him for second on the team and gives him three for the tournament.
• Center fielder Connor Harrell hit his 7th home run of the season on Saturday. It ties him for second on the team with Jason Esposito.
• Harrell's home run is also his 15th RBI and 12 extra-base hit in his last 16 games.
• Lead off hitter Tony Kemp went 0-for-2 on the day with two walks. It snaps his 15 game hitting streak he had coming in to today's game.
• After needing only 49 pitches to get through the first five innings, Grayson Garvin needed 34 pitches to just get out of the sixth inning.
• The two earned runs given up by Garvin are the most Vanderbilt has given up in any game in the tournament this year. Garvin has now given up five earned runs in his last two starts.
• Anthony Gomez went 2-for-4 on the day with a single and a double. It's his 19th multi-hit game of the year.
• After getting four hits in the first two innings, Vanderbilt's offense only mustered one hit for the remaining seven innings.
• Closing pitcher Navery Moore recorded his second straight save on Saturday. He now has 11 saves in 13 opportunities this season.