Vanderbilt dropped game one of the three game set last night to Kentucky and are headed back to the field today hoping to have their bats join them.
The Commodores were held in check at the plate most of the night by Wildcats starter Sean Hjelle, who dictated the pace and shut down the Vanderbilt bats in Kentucky's 10-3 defeat.
Things did not start well for Vanderbilt starter Patrick Raby. After getting through the 1st inning untouched, the sophomore right hander ran into trouble in the 2nd when he walked a batter, loaded the bases and forced a run after he hit the next batter. Things got worse when a would be double play went bad after shortstop Connor Kaiser overthrew Julian Infante to force in two more runs.
Kentucky held a 5-0 lead going into the 3rd and it would get worse from there. The Wildcats continued to pound Raby and eventually chase him out of the game. The Knoxville native gave up a career high seven runs on the night, while allowing nine hits, walking two and striking five hitters.
Vanderbilt would gain back a few runs in the 6th inning. Outfielder Stephen Scott laced a single into the outfield to finally get the Commodores on the board. Senior catcher Jason Delay added two more runs to the board when he launched his 2nd home run of the season. Delay's two run shot would be it when it came to scoring runs for Vanderbilt.
The Wildcats bullpen would handle things the rest of the way. The Commodores batting lineup would strike out nine times on the evening and missing the ball at the plate has been an issue for the Dores all season. The offense has been clicking lately but on Friday night, it was missing in action.
The two SEC rivals are back on the field today with the 1st pitch set for 1:00 pm Central. The Commodores will throw Kyle Wright while the Wildcats will counter with Zach Logue.