Dores split doubleheader with Gaels to win the series

Vanderbilt and Saint Mary's had to play a double header on Sunday due to weather and both schools came away on the day with victories. The Gaels took Game 1 from the Dores 5-1 but Vanderbilt bounced back in Game 2 behind their bats to take a 9-1 victory. After a non-conference game on Wednesday, Vanderbilt will move into the SEC schedule this weekend, starting with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford.

Game one saw the Commodores send right hander Patrick Raby to the mound, where he had yet another good performance but it went all for not as the Gaels scored enough runs while the Dores didn't and ended up winning by a final of 5-1. 

Vanderbilt's hitters have had their up and down's so far this year at the plate and those struggles continued throughout Game one. Until the top of the 9th inning, the Commodores were shut out by the Gaels pitching staff. A lead-off double by Ethan Paul eventually came across the plate, due to a simple ground out. That's the extent of the Commodores offense in Game one. 

Raby did allow three earned runs but pitched well enough to earn a victory. He went a career high 8.2 innings while also striking out a career high 11 Gaels hitters. The Knoxville native has been pretty solid so far on the year but much like his fellow starting pitcher Kyle Wright, Raby isn't receiving enough support from the Commodore hitters. Hopefully that changes as Vanderbilt now heads into the SEC portion of the schedule. 

Game two was a different story for the Dores. Freshman starting pitcher Drake Fellows was the star of the game. The Illinois native pitched a career high eight innings, allowing on unearned run on only two hits while striking out eight. He also didn't allow a single walk, which tells you he was on point and pitching with confidence against the Gaels. 

Saint Mary's was befuddled by Fellows the entire game. The freshman starter was great at working fast and keeping the Gaels hitters in check. He provided the Commodores a great start from the mound, which gave the Vanderbilt hitters confidence at the plate. 

Third baseman Will Toffey blasted a three run, two out triple in the 4th inning to break the game wide open and push the score to 6-1. Toffey finished the game knocking in four runs and pushed his RBI total up to 15 on the season. 

Jeren Kendall and Julian Infante both had solid games at the plate as well. Kendall went 2-3 while walking twice and giving the Commodores a lead off man on the base paths. Infante went 2-2 in Game two, walking three times with 2 RBI's. The top four hitters for Vanderbilt went a combined 7-12 at the plate, striking out only once while receiving eight free passes to 1st base. The top of the lineup set the standard for Vanderbilt in Game two and that's exactly what you want from your top guys game in and game out. 

The Commodores would go on to win Game two 9-1 and move their overall record to 11-6 on the season. Vanderbilt will face Western Kentucky on Tuesday at Hawkins Field before moving on to SEC play. 

Vanderbilt travels to Oxford this weekend, beginning on Friday for a three game series with the Ole Miss Rebels. 

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