Vanderbilt (13-7/1-1) sophomore Patrick Raby pitched six innings of solid ball but needed his offense to contribute. They helped in a big way, belting three home runs while playing good defense in path to a 6-2 win over Ole Miss.
The Rebels (13-6/1-1) held an early 1-0 lead until the 4th inning came around. 1st baseman Julian Infante led off the inning with a single to left. One batter later Vanderbilt took the lead on a two run home run from junior Will Toffey. It was his 2nd home run of the season and a blast much needed for the team. The inning wasn't done. Vanderbilt received back to back home runs after outfielder Stephen Scott blasted his first career home run of the season and pushed the Dores lead out to 4-1.
Working with a lead for the first time in a while, Raby worked easily through the next several innings until around the 6th where his control started to come unraveled. A hit by pitch then single from Tate Blackman to left field had the Rebels sending a man home but Scott, who started in left field for the Dores, threw a laser towards home plate that made it in plenty of time. Scott nailed the runner at home, then catcher Jason Delay threw it down to third to throw out Ryan Olenek at third base, pick up a double play and get the Commodores out of the inning.
That double play was clutch as it gave confidence to the team and allowed them to play free the remainder of the game. Vanderbilt would add two more runs over the final two innings to push the score out to 6-2.
Delay knocked in his second RBI of the game in the 8th off a seeing eye single to left field. Junior Jeren Kendall gave the Dores their sixth run in the 9th inning by sending his 5th home run of the season over the wall.
Pitchers Zack King, Collin Snider and Reed Hayes all worked one scoreless inning a piece to help shut the game down. Raby picked up his 3rd win of the season while striking out three batters and allowing two bases on ball. Pitcher Brady Feigl took the loss for Ole Miss.
Both teams will return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon with the first pitch set for 3 pm Central. Vanderbilt will throw freshman right hander Drake Fellows while the Rebels will counter with Will Ethridge. Game will be aired on the SEC Network.