Dropping Game 2 to Cal-State Northridge 4-1, Vanderbilt now sits with an overall record of 6-5 and heads into Sunday's game not only looking for a win but looking for answers.
The Commodores hitting attack has been sleeping thus far in the series with CSUN. Vanderbilt lost 5-3 on Friday night to the Matadors because of their inability to push across runners in scoring position. On Saturday, it was simply generating hits that was the biggest problem.
Vanderford pitched a complete game, throwing a 137 pitchers and keeping the Commodores offense in check. The lone Commodores run came off a solo home run from Jeren Kendall in the 5th inning. Other than that, Vanderbilt could not hit the ball with any consistency and received an 0-13 day from the middle of their lineup.
Vanderbilt starting pitcher Patrick Raby tossed another solid performance but picked up the loss after throwing six innings, giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out seven Matador hitters. It was honestly a good enough outing from Raby for Vanderbilt to win the game.
Vanderbilt is receiving decent enough pitching thus far in the season but they are being hampered by poor hitting along with several costly errors in the field. Mistakes and lack of attention to hitting, has been a problem so far for Vanderbilt and if they want to get back to winning, these issues need to fixed and fixed soon.
Freshman right hander Drake Fellows will take the mound for Vanderbilt on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm Central.