The friendly confines of Hawkins Field felt comfortable for the Commodores on Tuesday night as they hosted UT-Martin and defeated the Skyhawks 11-0 and did it with ease.
A dominating six inning performance from Dores starting pitcher Chandler Day paced the Commodores early and another good night at plate helped Vanderbilt move their way to their 19th win of the season and a win they had to have as they head off to South Carolina for a three game series, beginning on Thursday.
Coming off a one hit, shut out performance last week over Lipscomb, Day had another strong outing going six innings, striking out a career high 10 batters while giving up only two hits. He did walk two but overall, Day had great command of the strike zone and kept the Skyhawk hitters off balance. Day added his 5th win of the season (5-0) but still needed help from his offense and he definitely received it.
Vanderbilt chipped away with three runs through the first five innings but busted out in the 6th with freshman catcher Ty Duvall lacing a double down the line to push across two more runs. The Commodores would continue to add runs over the next several innings but the game was already in hand by that point.
Designated hitter Reed Hayes led the hitting barage for Vanderbilt as he had three hits on the night, along with two RBI's. The Commodore hitters had a total of 11 hits on the evening and those hits were really spread across the board with multiple guys contributing hits while head coach Tim Corbin made several changes throughout the game.
It's a good sign when reserves likes Duvall and Walker Grisanti have two RBI's a piece and Hayes adds three himself. Vanderbilt didn't need guys like Julian Infante, even though he did add an RBI himself on Tuesday night, Jeren Kendall and Will Toffey when the rest of the team stepped up and added to the cause.
This collective team effort needs to continue this weekend as they head back on the SEC road to face off with the South Carolina Gamecocks. This weekend's three game set will be the Commodores fourth consecutive series weekend against a ranked SEC opponent.
The games will begin on Thursday night with game one set to start at 6 pm central. Game one will be aired on the SEC Network with Patrick Raby set to take the mound for the Commodores.