The Commodores survived Arkansas starter Trey Killian, who tossed seven perfect innings before departing due to a pitch count. The right-hander is coming back from elbow soreness. Vandy finally broke up the perfect game in the eighth when Bryan Reynolds legged out an infield single.
While Killian was dealing so was VU starter Jordan Sheffield, making his first career weekend start. Sheffield pitched around trouble in the first inning, ending the frame with a strikeout to start a string of five straight retired and nine of the next 10. The redshirt freshman dodged a final blow in his final inning in the seventh when he got a double play to end the inning to get out of a two on, one out jam. Philip Pfeifer finished off the Dores’ fifth shutout of the season but not without drama. The first batter the lefty faced reached on an error and after a walk and an infield single the Razorbacks had the bases loaded with one out. Rhett Wiseman came up huge, making a catch in right field then gunning down the go-ahead run at the plate. Pfiefer worked a clean ninth and picked up his second win out of the VU bullpen after Swanson’s heroics in the bottom of the inning.
The two teams combined for six hits in the pitchers’ duel with each team collecting three apiece. Rhett Wiseman’s 13-game hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-3 performance but the junior hit .526 in the Dores’ five games during the week.
Josh Alberius took the loss for Arkansas allowing the winning run to reach base before Phillips allowed Swanson’s walk-off single.
Vanderbilt returns to action Tuesday night against Tennessee Tech at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+.