A 5-0 first inning from Vanderbilt is all the Commodores needed on Wednesday night to defeat and power by Central Arkansas, 9-1.
The Commodores took the two game series from the Bears scoring a total of 19 runs while the pitching staff only allowed the Bears 5 runs. It was a nice showing in general by the Dores bats as hitting the baseball has been a struggle thus far on the season.
Vanderbilt loaded the bases within their 1st five hitters until Reed Hayes was hit by a pitch to score the first run. The Dores pushed across four more runs behind a groundout from Ethan Paul, a two run single from Jason Delay and to cap things off, freshman Harrison Ray, who gained the start on Tuesday night, laced a single into left field to bring the score to 5-0.
The early cushion was all Chandler Day needed to feel comfortable and go out to the mound and simply do his thing. A few bumps in the road here and there for Day but overall, he had a great performance pitching 5 innings, striking out 8 hitters while allowing one earned one. Day (1-0) struggled during his first couple of appearances this year but has seemed to settle down, the more and more he pitches.
The Vanderbilt bullpen would come in a throw 4 innings of shut out ball and pretty much lock down the win for the Commodores. Paxton Stover, Michael Sandborn, Jackson Gillis and Penn Murfee all had an inning a piece in Wednesday's nights game and all threw the ball nicely while keeping the Bears bats dormant.
Vanderbilt now improves their record to 9-5 overall and head into this weekend's three game set with Saint Mary's feeling much better about themselves, especially from the plate. The Commodores produced 21 hits and 19 runs in the two game series with UCA after struggling to hit the ball over the first two and half weeks of the season.
The Gaels come to town next, beginning on Friday evening with the first pitch set for 4 pm Central. Junior pitcher Kyle Wright will take the mound for the Commodores.