Sunday April 2, 2006No. 17 Vanderbilt Collects Series Win Over No. 15 Florida
No. 17 Vanderbilt (19-9/7-2 SEC) unleashed a season-high 18-hit attack and scored in the first five innings to overpower No. 15 Florida (19-13/3-6 SEC) on Sunday afternoon, 16-2. Sophomore Cody Crowell (4-0) notched a career-high nine strikeouts and scattered eight hits over seven innings as the Commodores captured a series at McKethan Stadium for the first time since 1996.
The 16 runs
were the most Vanderbilt has ever scored in the series and the run total was
the highest for an SEC opponent in
“Today was a difficult loss for us, as is any loss,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “We continue to play this game with a great effort. We had a talk in the dugout when we were down going into the sixth inning, and we came out and scored two runs to Vanderbilt’s zero that inning. On the mound, Coach Jones and our guys are working hard to put the ball in the strike zone and give our defense the opportunity to make plays. As coaches, we will continue to teach and our players will continue to compete.”
Freshman Pedro Alvarez went 4-for-5 and scored four runs, sophomore Alex Feinberg (3-for-5) matched a career high with four runs batted in and the trio of junior Matt Meingasner, sophomore Dominic de la Osa and sophomore Shea Robin drove in two runs apiece. After scoring twice in the first and tallying single runs in both the second and third, Vanderbilt put the game away with a five-run fourth and a seven-run fifth.
De la Osa provided the Commodores
with a quick lead in the first when he cranked a two-run homer off junior David Hurst (
put two men aboard with one down in the bottom of the inning but could not
score. Junior Adam Davis (
tacked on another run in the second on an RBI single by Meingasner.
Feinberg reached on a two-base error on a dropped fly ball to begin the frame
and raced over to third on a wild pitch. Meingasner’s
infield hit scored Feinberg and sophomore Parker Hanks followed with another
single. However, Meingasner was gunned down trying to
take third by junior right fielder Austin
Commodores moved ahead 4-0 in the third on Feinberg’s bases-loaded infield
single. Alvarez drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by de la Osa. A fielding error
allowed senior Brian Hernandez to reach and freshman Ryan Flaherty stroked a
single to fill the sacks with one down. Sophomore Josh Edmondson (
runs in the fourth gave the ‘Dores a 9-0 lead. Hanks
opened with a walk and scored all the way from first when the throw on sophomore
David Macias’ sacrifice attempt ricocheted off his helmet and rolled to the
right-field fence. A single up the middle by Alvarez plated Macias and
Hernandez stroked a base-hit to end the afternoon for Edmondson, who allowed
three hits and four runs over 1.0 innings. Sophomore Andy Gale (
Vanderbilt sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth and tallied seven more runs on six hits to take a commanding 16-0 lead. Macias had led off with a walk and Alvarez singled to signal the end of Gale’s tenure, in which he allowed three runs on three hits over an inning. A two-out infield single in the fifth by Hernandez off freshman Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) scored Macias for a 10-run cushion. Flaherty earned a free pass to load the bases and Robin punched a two-run single to put the Commodores ahead by a dozen runs. Feinberg roped a two-run double, Meingasner followed with another two-bagger and Hanks delivered an RBI single for a 16-0 lead.
Juniors Chris Petrie (
launched a leadoff double in the sixth off sophomore Michael Branham (
held an 18-10 advantage in hits against a total of seven Gator pitchers.