Coming off winning their first SEC series of the season, Vanderbilt received a masterful pitching performance tonight from sophomore Chandler Day as he threw a one hit, shut out game and helped his Commodores team defeat Lipscomb, 10-0.
The right-hander took a no-hitter into the 9th inning but gave up a single to Mustangs 3rd baseman Zeke Dodson broke things up, however Day would close it down for the shutout victory.
It was the 1st career shutout for Day as he has steadily gotten better as the season has gone on. He has solidified the mid-week starter role for the Commodores and could be working his way into a rotation spot after some recent changes to the roster. He picked up his 4th win of the year (4-0) while striking out seven hitters. He did however walk five batters and control has been the one issue for Day so far this year.
Day received help on Tuesday night from his offense as well. An RBI single from outfielder Stephen Scott got the scoring started as Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead. The offense took it further in the next inning when they pushed across three runs to go up by four. Reed Hayes, Jason Delay and Ethan Paul all had RBI hits in the 4th and provided good balance up and down the lineup. Hayes in particular has been red hot of late and given the Dores a new hitter in the batting order they can depend on. In the 5th inning, Hayes knocked in two more runs with his second hit of the night.
All-American candidate Jeren Kendall put the game completely away in the 9th inning when he launched the ball over the right field wall for a three run home-run. Kendall has been on fire as he was recently named the SEC's Freshman of the Week.
Vanderbilt (17-9/3-3 SEC) has really been hitting the ball much better of late. The offense has become more balanced with the addition of Hayes and the emergence of Kendall. The junior outfielders struggled at the start of the season but has really come on.
The Commodores return to Southeastern Conference action this Friday on the road at Kentucky. The Wildcats are nationally ranked 16th and have played good baseball to start SEC play. Game one is set to start at 5:30 pm Central and will be shown on the SEC Network Plus.