VandyBoys beat WKU 8-1 with SEC play coming this weekend

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers came to Nashville on Tuesday night where the home standing Commodores defeated the team from Bowling Green, 8-1 behind a strong starting performance from Chandler Day and surprising plate success from freshman catcher Ty Duvall. Vanderbilt improved their season record to 12-6 with the Dores starting SEC play this weekend at Ole Miss.

Vanderbilt starting pitcher Chandler Day threw five innings of six hit baseball, allowing only one earned run while striking out four hitters in the Commodores 8-1 win over Western Kentucky. 

The Commodores offense also had a good night cranking out 10 hits while walking 8 times and only striking 4 times at the plate. Three Vanderbilt hitters had multi hits games, including a bust out performance from a freshman catcher.

It was another good performance from the sophomore pitcher and Day continues to show Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin that is he willing to lock down and handle the mid week starter role and give the Commodores pitching staff more depth in their rotation. 

Day (2-0) did a solid job of working out of innings while not allowing free passes to base paths. He kept the Hilltopper hitters at bay through five innings and eventually gave way to the Dores bullpen. 

The Vanderbilt relievers would pick up where Day left off and give the Commodore hitters a chance to blow the game wide open. Holding a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning, Vanderbilt busted out for five runs beginning with freshman catcher Ty Duvall's third hit of the game, a single into the outfield that he eventually scored on two batters later. 

Duvall was knocked in by Commodores 1st baseman Julian Infante, who went 2-3 on the night with and RBI. Junior Will Toffey kept the inning going one batter later when he drove a two run double into right-center field and put Vanderbilt on top for good. Toffey had a good night at the plate as well where he went 2-5 with two RBI's. The junior 3rd baseman has bounced back so far this year after having a down sophomore season. 

The Vanderbilt bullpen has continued to get better too. Freshman Zack King, Collin Snider and Matt Ruppenthal tossed three innings of shut out baseball allowing only one walk while striking out two hitters. All three pitchers have positioned themselves as the top guys coming out of the Vanderbilt bullpen in 2017 and all three will important to the pitching staff throughout the remainder of the season. 

The SEC portion of the schedule starts this weekend for Vanderbilt. The Commodores travel to Oxford on Friday to begin a three game series with the Ole Miss Rebels. Game one and two will air on the SEC Network Plus while Sunday's contest will be shown on the original SEC Network. 

Vanderbilt will throw Kyle Wright on Friday, Patrick Raby on Saturday and freshman Drake Fellows on Sunday. 

Game Times

Fri: at Ole Miss - 7:00 pm Central 

Sat: at Ole Miss - 1:30 pm Central

Sun: at Ole Miss - 3:00 pm Central (SEC Network)

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