'Dores slam Rebels in game one

HOOVER, Ala. - Commodore leadoff man David Macias hit the game's opening pitch 375 feet out of the park but just foul. It was more than a long strike. It was foreshadowing at its finest.

Brett Bukvich (7-3) was a far cry from last week's SEC Pitcher of the Week outing as the sophomore lasted only four outs and surrendered three long balls and eight runs. Vandy (49-11) used the early offensive onslaught to force the "if necessary" game by pounding Ole Miss (37-22) 13-1.

A two-out, two-run opening frame home run from Pedro Alvarez began the momentum rolling, and the bottom of the first added to it as both Henry brothers were robbed by diving catches from the Commodore outfield.

Vanderbilt set the table with two singles in the second inning for Parker Hanks, who crushed a fastball over the left-field wall to give the ‘Dores a 5-0 lead. Two more hits followed before Dominic De la Osa got into the longball act with a two-run shot of his own to make it 8-0.

Jesse Simpson relieved Bukvich following De la Osa's home run and coaxed Ryan Flaherty into a double play to end the second.

Simpson kept the ‘Dores at bay until the fifth when Vanderbilt reached double digits. A single and double began the inning and both scored after a fielding error by Cody Overbeck and a double play ball for the first and second outs.

Commodore starter Cody Crowell (4-1) was masterful on his own account as Ole Miss didn't muster but three hits, and the first didn't come until Zach Miller sent one back up the middle in the fifth inning.

Down to their final out in the seventh, the Rebels scratched a run. Justin Henry doubled and was driven in by a single from Logan Power.

The early ending couldn't be avoided in the eighth as Vanderbilt plated three runs on four hits. Phillip Irwin replaced Simpson with two down in the inning and allowed a double to score two of those runs.

The Rebels went quietly in the bottom half.

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