May 7, 2017
The Vanderbilt Commodores rebound from their previous loss to Missouri with a 14-5 win in Nashville.
Commodores Defeat Tigers 14-5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following a 2-1 loss to Missouri on Saturday, Vanderbilt found its offense in the third game of an SEC series at Hawkins Field. The Commodores blasted the Tigers, 14-5, thanks in big part to Julian Infante’s offensive effort.
Infante rang up seven RBIs against the visiting Tigers, the most by a Vanderbilt player since 2006. The sophomore first baseman took full advantage of runners on base and helped power the Commodores to their first SEC series win since clinching a series at Georgia on April 22.
“I can’t do it without my teammates getting on base,” Infante said. “That opens up opportunities to have better pitches.”
Infante’s bat began to heat up early in Sunday’s matchup. He smashed a base-clearing double to left center in the second inning that sent three runners home and gave Vanderbilt a 4-0 lead. The sophomore added a two-run single in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth.
In the end, Infante was responsible for sending home half of the Dores’ 14 runs against Missouri – and that’s his job, said head coach Tim Corbin.
“He’s a pickup man,” Corbin said. “He’s like a garbage man in basketball, where he picks up points because he’s at the right place at the right time and he’s willing to swing it. That’s what he’s done.”
Infante plays a key role in Vanderbilt’s offense in SEC play. The Miami native leads the team with a .330 average and 52 RBIs while sitting at second with nine home runs. In his last eight games, Infante has driven home 16 runs, a trend the Commodores hope will continue.
On Sunday, Vanderbilt got plenty of defensive help from reliever Zach King, who turned in 5.1 no-hit innings and retired the final 16 batters he faced. But Infante is currently the momentum-swinger for the Dores’ offense, a unit that must play to its potential during a daunting upcoming stretch. Vanderbilt travels to No. 2 Louisville on Tuesday for the Battle of the Barrel before hitting the road for a three-game series at No. 18 Arkansas that begins on Friday.
Someone needs to be at the right place at the right time during Vanderbilt’s next few games. Luckily for the Dores, Infante shines in those moments.
“That’s when you want to get those hits,” Infante said.
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by Zac Ellis