May 23, 2017
Commodores Set To Take On Gamecocks
in Sec Tournament that Begins Tuesday.
The Commodores rallied to tie Alabama 3-3 on Saturday afternoon before rain ended the game in VU’s first tie since 1993. Jeren Kendall scored the tying run on a balk and Drake Fellow struck out a career-best 10 in 6.1 innings. Vanderbilt used an eight-run first inning to cruise to 13-1 series-clinching win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday. Kyle Wright dominated over 7.1 innings with 11 strikeouts. The Commodores’ offense exploded in an 18-1 on Thursday night to claim the series opener against Alabama. Jason Delay drove in four runs with three hits in Patrick Raby’s ninth win of the season. Vanderbilt rolled over Middle Tennessee 17-7 on Tuesday night. VU collected hits from 11 different players in support of Matt Ruppenthal’s second win of the year.
ON THE BUMP
Tuesday, May 23
RHP Matt Ruppenthal (2-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Reed Scott ()
VANDERBILT IN HOOVER
The Commodores return to the Hoover Met and the SEC Tournament, where the team has been very successful under Tim Corbin. Vanderbilt is making its 12th straight appearance in the conference dance, having won the title in 2007 and played in the championship game an additional seven times under Corbin. VU is 47-35 all-time in the SEC Tournament and 34-21 under Corbin.
TAKING ON CAROLINA
Vanderbilt and South Carolina meet in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2013 when the Dores edged the Gamecocks 4-3 in 10 innings thanks to Conrad Gregor delivering a walk-off single to score Tony Kemp and give Carson Fulmer the win in relief. This season, Vandy took two-of-three in Columbia in early April. Patrick Raby pitched seven solid innings and Jason Delay drove in three in a victory on Thursday night. VU claimed the series on Friday night, rallying late to stun the Gamecocks 5-3 in 13 innings. Reed Hayes’ pinch hit two-out, RBI-single forced extra innings and Julian Infante’s two-run homer in the 13th provided the winning margin.
KENDALL, WRIGHT NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Juniors Jeren Kendall and Kyle Wright have been named first team All-SEC by the league’s coaches. Kendall enters the postseason hitting .313 with 27 extra-base hits, including a team-best 15 home runs and a league-leading 18 stolen bases. In league games he was even better, hitting .336 with nine home runs, 29 runs and 24 RBIs. Kendall also earned All-Defensive Team honors. Wright closed the regular season in dominant fashion and enters the postseason 4-5 with a 2.91 ERA. In SEC games, Wright was strong going 4-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 80 strikeouts over 69.2 innings while allowing teams to hit just .176 against him.
TOFFEY RETURNS ON FIRE
Will Toffey missed five games earlier this month with a shoulder injury but has returned on fire at the plate. The junior has been white-hot over his last six games going 14-for-24 (.583) with nine RBIs, nine runs and three home runs. He matched career-bests with four runs and four hits against Alabama last Friday and went 10-for-16 (.625) with eight RBIs and eight runs scored last week.
ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE
Vanderbilt ended the regular season on a high note last week with the team’s first undefeated week of the season. The offense showed out by hitting .382 as a team and scoring 51 runs, including 13-plus runs in three of the four games. The team’s pitching held up its end as well, allowing Middle Tennessee and Alabama to hit just .197 and score 12 runs.
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