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    Vanderbilt Downs Georgia, 4-1

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    2012 SEC Baseball Tournament
    Game 4- Vanderbilt 4, Georgia 1


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    Hoover, Ala. - Vanderbilt used a pair of outstanding pitching performances to beat Georgia 4-1 Tuesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Regions Park.

    Vanderbilt starter Drew VerHagen (6-2) was sharp over 5.1 innings to earn the win before handing the ball over to freshman Brian Miller, who worked 3.2 innings to notch his team-best fifth save. VerHagen worked around a leadoff single in the first but was tagged for a run in the second after allowing a leadoff double to score. The junior right-hander settled down after that and worked into the sixth allowing only three more hits before turning the ball over to Miller. The freshman quickly picked up a pair of pop outs to end the sixth and strand Georgia's fourth runner of the night. Miller finished off the Commodores' (30-25) win with three more scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit. Jack Lupo's diving catch down the left field line ended the game and pushed the Dores' winning streak to a season-best six games.

    The Vanderbilt offense responded in the third inning with a big two-out rally. Georgia (31-25) starter Alex Wood (7-3) struck out the first two batters to start the inning before hitting Mike Yastrzemski with a pitch. Anthony Gomez singled and Conrad Gregor walked to load the bases for Spencer Navin, who came through with a base hit up the middle on a 3-2 pitch to score Yastrzemski and Gomez for a 2-1 Vandy lead. The Dores extended the lead in the fifth when Gomez singled in Yastrzemski and again in the sixth when Kemp singled through the right side to plate Vince Conde.

    Kemp, Gomez and Navin led the way, all posting two hits to account for all six of Vanderbilt's hits. Nelson Ward led Georgia with two of the Bulldogs' six hits.

    Vanderbilt advances to the second round to take on No. 2 seed South Carolina in the final game Wednesday night at Regions Park. T.J. Pecoraro (1-4) gets the ball for Vandy against South Carolina's lefty Jordan Montgomery (4-1). The Commodores will be the visiting team with the game televised on CSS.

    The win sets up a familiar situation for the Dores. Last year at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Vanderbilt beat Georgia in the first round to advance to play South Carolina in the second round. VU beat South Carolina in the second round in 2011 en route to the title game.

    2012 SEC Baseball Tournament
    Post-Game Notes
    Regions Park • Hoover, Ala.

    Game 4 • Tuesday, May 22
    (5) Vanderbilt4, (8) Georgia 1

    POST-GAME NOTES


    •    Tonight’s game was the eighth meeting in the SEC Tournament between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt has commanded the series and notched another win this evening to go to 7-1 over the Bulldogs in SEC Tournament play.
    •    Despite the loss, Georgia owns the All-Time Record over Vanderbilt, 96-80.
    •    In his first at bat to start the game, junior third baseman Curt Powell of Georgia got things started with a single to extend his hitting streak to six games.
    •    Vanderbilt improves to 30-25 on the season while Georgia falls to 31-25. The Bulldogs will take on Auburn in an elimination game at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon while Vanderbilt will follow that up with a game against South Carolina.
    •    Sophomore second baseman Tony Kemp of Vanderbilt notched his 16th stolen base of the season as he sits fourth in the SEC, one back of Ryan Tella of Auburn. Kemp later picked up his 30th RBI of the season after singling through the right side in the sixth.
    •    Senior second baseman Levi Hyams of Georgia doubled in the second to extend his hitting streak to seven games, while picking up his sixth two-bagger of the season.
    •    Home plate umpire A.J. Lostaglio was drilled in the forearm by a pitch in the bottom of the second after a walk was issued to Spencer Nevin. Lostaglio had to leave the game and Jack Cox made the move from first base to home plate after a 16-minute delay.
    •    Both Georgia and Vanderbilt got the leadoff hitter on base in the first two inning; however, only one run would cross the plate as the Bulldogs plated one in the top of the second.
    •    Junior Anthony Gomez of Vanderbilt came away with his 26th multi-hit game of the season and passed Mississippi State’s Adam Frazier for fourth overall in the SEC in hits with 81. His hit in the fifth was good for his 49th RBI of the season, tying him for third in the conference with LSU’s Raph Rhymes, Kentucky’s Luke Maile, and South Carolina’s Christian Walker.
    •    Commodores’ catcher Spencer Navin came through with his fifth multi-RBI game after a bases loaded, two-RBI single in the bottom of the third. He added his second hit of the evening in the fifth to pick up his 12th multi-hit game of the year.
    •    Gomez and Navin combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs and a walk on the evening.
    •    Both Georgia and Vanderbilt combined to hit five hitters on the evening. Georgia’s pitching hit three Commodores while Vanderbilt’s pitching hit two Bulldogs.
    •    Nelson Ward, a freshman utility player for the Bulldogs, recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the year as he picked up hits in the third and sixth innings.
    •    Freshman Brian Miller of Vanderbilt came on in relief for Drew VerHagen in the top of the sixth with one out. For Miller, he moves into a tie for third in the SEC in appearances with his 29th.
    •    Miller of Vanderbilt pitched a career high 3.2 innings of scoreless relief work as he gave up only one hit, walking one, and another career high of three strikeouts.
    •    Vanderbilt had at least one runner get on in six of the eight innings, while Georgia had at least one runner get on in six of the nine innings.

    2012 SEC Baseball Tournament
    Post-Game Quotes
    Regions Park • Hoover, Ala.

    Game 4 • Tuesday, May 22
    (5) Vanderbilt 4, (8) Georgia 1


    Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin
    Opening statement:

    “We used two pitchers. That is a credit to Drew VerHagen for going as far as he did. He was able to squelch some lead off innings when they got on base. Then for Brian Miller to come in and finish the game like he did, keeping them off balance, was a credit to our defense. We have played very good defense, we really have.”

    Brian Miller (Fr., Pitcher)
    On today’s win over Georgia…

    “We treated it like any other game. Coming in after Drew VerHagen is sort of easy because he has great stuff. My fastball was locating well, and I had pretty good movement on my slider.”

    Jack Lupo (Jr., Left Fielder)
    On his effort today…

    “Big plays come to you when you make the safe plays. It is huge for VerHagen to come out and give us a great start.”

    Georgia Head Coach David Perno
    Opening statement:

    “(Vanderbilt) did a great job. That relief pitcher, (Brian) Miller, was outstanding. We just didn’t have any answer. We just had a tough time putting anything together.”

    On how Vanderbilt’s pitching was able to limit Georgia offensively…
    “The side arm guy was tough. He did a good job. I thought we did a good job against (Drew) VerHagen, we just couldn’t score. We couldn’t grab momentum, and Alex (Wood) struggled a little bit controlling tempo of the game and just wasn’t himself. We just never could grab momentum.”

    Levi Hyams (Sr., Second base)
    On his effort today…

    “They got the big hits when it counted. They took advantage of their opportunities, and we didn’t. We got some runners on, and I feel like we were on VerHagen, but that rubber arm guy, he’s pretty good. All of his stuff had sink, and he got a lot of us out. Tip your hat to him, but they took advantage of opportunities, and we just didn’t. That’s what it boils down to.”

    On tomorrow’s elimination game against Auburn…
    “Backs against the wall. That’s the same thing it was last year. We’re in the same situation. We lost the first one to Vanderbilt, and then we came back and won a few and got ourselves to Regionals. It’s the same situation. We’re going to play like there’s no tomorrow and keep grinding and try to get better every day. (We’ll try to be) better offensively and like Coach said, if we back our pitching a little more, I think we’ll be all right.”