Ole Miss received six strong innings from starter David Parkinson and another three from their bullpen to shutout Vanderbilt 1-0 and take Game one of the series.
The Vanderbilt hitters were kept in check all evening and never really looked locked in enough to get things right. It wasn't from a lack of opportunities though. The Commodores placed the lead-off runner on base in four straight innings and never were able to bring that runner in to score.
Parkinson and the Ole Miss pitching staff did a good job of working around sticky situations while also keeping the Vanderbilt hitters befuddled at the plate. Vanderbilt leads the SEC in strikeouts at the plate and that number grew last night as the Commodores struck out eight times. They also only generated a grand total of three hits on evening, so hitting the baseball was the issue on Friday night.
Pitching for Vanderbilt was not the problem. They received a good starting performance from Kyle Wright where he threw 7.0 innings, giving up one run, allowing six hits and striking out four. Wright was not spectacular but he was good enough to win the game but wins won't come around to often for the Alabama native if his offense can't hit the ball.
Junior Matt Ruppenthal relieved Wright out of the bullpen and threw one inning of good baseball and gave the Vanderbilt offense another shot to get back into the game. Still trailing 1-0 headed into the top of ninth inning, Vanderbilt still had one last shot but again, the offense couldn't do much of nothing.
Wright picked up his 3rd loss of the season without yet winning a game. The Vanderbilt offense was held to a season low 3 hits and still has the big issue of not bringing in runners when they are in scoring position.
Vanderbilt will try to even the series back up this afternoon, sending Patrick Raby to the mound. First pitch is set to take place at 1:30 pm Central and the game with be aired on SEC Network Plus.