junior All-American David Price (8-0) registered 13 strikeouts and threw 7.2
innings of scoreless ball on Friday night as the top-ranked Commodores
(37-8/13-6 SEC) defeated Florida (23-21/10-9 SEC), 10-1, in the teams’ series
opener at Charles Hawkins Field. The left-hander allowed only an eighth-inning
RBI single by freshman Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
(2-for-4) was supported by an offense that produced 15 hits, including seven as
part of a seven-run seventh. Junior Dominic de la Osa
was 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and scored four runs, while sophomore
Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Price limited the Gators to four
hits over eight innings before junior Tyler Rhoden struck out the side in the
Gators threatened in the first, as senior Austin
Pride (Longwood, Fla.) roped a two-out double down the left-field line to
advance classmate Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) to third. However, Price
struck out sophomore Cody Neer (Orlando,
Fla.) for his initial K of
bottom of the frame, Alvarez put the Commodores on the board with a two-out RBI
single up the middle off freshman Kyle Mullaney (Jacksonville,
Fla.). The right-hander had retired
the first two hitters he faced before de la Osa stroked a double to right center. Alvarez
followed with a base-hit to drive in his team-leading 46th run.
went ahead 2-0 on a solo homer to left by de la Osa with one down in the fourth. The blast over the
left-field wall was the junior’s 12th of the campaign.
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth to keep Florida down by two runs. Junior Shea Robin
led off with a base-hit into right center and senior Matt Meingasner
and freshman Andrew Giobbi delivered consecutive
one-out singles to load the bases. Mullaney induced a
ground ball by junior David Macias to shortstop Figueroa that was converted
into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
punched a one-out single to left in the sixth and advanced to second on a
fielding error by Giobbi on a throw over to first base.
Price fanned junior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.)
to reach double digits in strikeouts and had Leclerc
ground out to keep the Gators off the scoreboard.
expanded their lead to 3-0 in the home part of the frame. A double by de la Osa with one down ended the
night for Mullaney (2-1), who scattered seven hits
and was charged with three runs in his collegiate starting debut. Senior Steven Porter (Ocoee, Fla.)
uncorked a wild pitch and Neer had an errant throw on
the relay to third to allow de la Osa
to come across. Alvarez rifled a single into right and moved into scoring
position on another wild pitch. Junior Josh
Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) stranded the runner by having Robin
tap out to second.
Commodores sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh and exploded for seven runs
on seven hits to build a 10-0 margin. Sophomore Jonathan White opened with a
knock up the middle and Meingasner smoked a double
into the left-field corner. Giobbi’s second hit of
the contest cleared the bases and prompted a pitching change, as senior Kris Gawriluk (Deltona, Fla.)
took over for Edmondson (0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R). Junior Alex Feinberg singled with
one down to advance Giobbi and a wild pitch nudged
both runners into scoring position. A walk to de la Osa filled the bags and Alvarez’s two-run double to
left resulted in a 7-0 lead and another pitching move. Sophomore Ryan Flaherty
greeted freshman Kevin Chapman (Coral
Springs, Fla.) with a two-run double for a nine-run Commodore lead and went
to third on a wild pitch. Junior Parker Hanks came through with a pinch-hit RBI
single to plate Flaherty with VU’s final run.
helped the Gators avert the shutout with a two-out single in the eighth that
scored freshman Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
den Dekker had drawn a one-out walk from Price, the
lefty’s lone free pass of the game. Vanderbilt enjoyed a 15-4 advantage in
hits, with four players recording multi-hit efforts. Florida
will send junior RHP Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian,
5.96) to the hill tomorrow at 4 p.m. on Sun Sports against freshman LHP Mike
Minor (7-0, 2.00).