Friday March 31, 2006No. 17 Vanderbilt Shuts Out No. 15 Baseball, 6-0
Sophomore David Price and freshman Nick Christiani combined on a six-hitter as No. 17 Vanderbilt (18-8/6-1 SEC) blanked No. 15 Florida (18-12/2-5 SEC), 6-0, on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Price (4-2) notched 13 strikeouts without a walk and limited the Gators to five hits over eight innings, while Christiani completed the shutout with a scoreless ninth. The Commodores’ top two hitters in the lineup, sophomore David Macias and freshman Pedro Alvarez, were each 3-for-4 and freshman Ryan Flaherty (2-for-2) drove in two runs.
“We have to give Vanderbilt credit,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “David Price is one outstanding pitcher, and he proved it tonight. He throws to both sides of the plate and comes out and competes. I’m proud of Bryan Ball’s effort for us tonight. It was a tough outing for him, but he held us in the game, and that will win out in the long haul.”
“These guys have worked very hard,” McMahon continued. “Tonight we battled into some opportunities that just slipped away from us. We can feel sorry or we can find a way to work hard and get it done. The team is hurting right now, and that’s good because it shows they care, but it can work against us too because they start to press. To be a quality ball club you have to string together good at-bats, and that’s one area we are presently lacking in, and will have to continue working hard to get better at.”
provided Vanderbilt with a quick lead after a two-run single in the first
inning. Macias walked on four pitches to start the game and Alvarez followed
with a base-hit up the middle. A passed ball advanced the runners into scoring
position before senior Bryan Ball (
Junior Austin Pride (
The Commodores increased their lead to 4-0 in the fourth with two runs on three hits. Flaherty started things off with a double and sophomore Dominic de la Osa beat out a bunt for runners on the corners. After de La Osa stole second, sophomore Shea Robin delivered a grounder to bring across Flaherty. A single by sophomore Ryan Davis gave Vanderbilt runners at first and third again and sophomore Alex Feinberg’s ground ball to short scored de la Osa.
A two-out RBI single in the fifth by de la Osa and a throwing error by Ball enabled Vanderbilt to build a 6-0 lead. Alvarez smashed a one-out single, stole second and Flaherty drew a walk with two down. De la Osa punched a base-hit to plate Alvarez and Ball’s attempted pickoff over to first sailed wide, allowing the sixth run to score.
mounted a two-out threat in the seventh but came away empty-handed. Sophomore Brandon McArthur (
walked to begin the eighth and Robin laced a one-out single into left to end
the night for Ball (4-4). Over 7.1 innings, the right-hander allowed 11 hits
and six runs (four earned), with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. Making
his collegiate debut, freshman Patrick
Junior David Cash (