Florida Baseball Gives up 8 in 1st, Loses to Vandy
Published May 11th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Vanderbilt used an eight-run first inning on its way to a 16-2 victory over Florida on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
After dropping Thursday’s opener, 1-0, the No. 10 Commodores (38-14/16-11 SEC) defeated the No. 8 Gators (34-18/19-8 SEC) on Friday, 3-0, and claimed today’s rubber match to win the series. Vanderbilt enters the final weekend of the regular-season three games behind Florida in the Eastern Division standings. The Gators will finish at Tennessee, while the Commodores host No. 11 South Carolina.
Sophomore right-hander Tyler Ferguson (7-3) fired five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, to earn the decision. He was supported by an offense that totaled 14 hits and drew 10 walks.
Vanderbilt came out of the gates with eight runs in the opening frame. After sophomore Dansby Swanson (2-for-4, four RBI, three runs), sophomore Xavier Turner (two RBI) and freshman Bryan Reynolds (2-for-5, three RBI) walked, redshirt sophomore Zander Wiel delivered a two-run single up the middle. Junior John Norwood sacrificed Wiel and Reynolds into scoring position and junior Vince Conde (2-for-6, three RBI, two runs) cleared the bases with a three-run homer. Freshman A.J. Puk relieved redshirt junior starterKarsten Whitson (1-1, 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R) and struck out sophomore Rhett Wiseman (2-for-4, two runs), but a throwing error enabled Wiseman to reach third base. Freshman Jason Delay drew a one-out walk and Swanson expanded Vanderbilt’s lead with a three-run shot to left field.
The Commodores added two more runs in the third on a sacrifice fly by Turner and an RBI single by Reynolds for a 10-run advantage. Vanderbilt tacked on four runs in the sixth inning on a pair of bases-loaded walks to freshman Ro Coleman (2-for-3, two RBI) and Turner, and a two-run single by Reynolds. Coleman and Swanson delivered an RBI singles in the seventh for the visitors.
Sophomore Richie Martin connected on his first career homer in the eighth into the left-field bleachers to put the Gators on the board and freshman Buddy Reed (3-for-4) had an RBI single to drive in freshman Peter Alonso in the ninth inning.
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