South Carolina starting pitcher Adam Hill was outstanding on Saturday afternoon as he no-hit the Commodores through six innings and eventually went on to beat Vanderbilt 6-1 and salvage a win after losing the series.
Hill gave the Gamecocks a much needed strong pitching performance on Saturday and did a good job of switching up his pitches and keeping the Vanderbilt hitters off balance. Vanderbilt was able to walk twice in the 1st inning to have something going but also stuck out three times to help the Gamecocks get out of the inning.
Vanderbilt's offense was about two clicks off from normal on Saturday as they looked slow and non-attentive at the plate. Hill pitched a good game but he didn't have his best stuff. If Hill was at his best he wouldn't have walked five hitters but against Vanderbilt, it didn't matter as the Commodores appeared lifeless and actually struck out 11 times against the Gamecocks right handed starter.
Things didn't go much better on the mound either for Vanderbilt. Starting pitcher Drake Fellows was off his game on Saturday and the coaching staff didn't appear to be too happy with him either.
Fellows struggled with placing his pitches correctly and didn't really seem to have much emotion on the mound. The freshman right hander only went three innings on Saturday and that might have been one inning too long. South Carolina saw the ball well off of Fellows and was teeing off on his fastball. Head coach Tim Corbin and pitching coach Scott Brown saw this happening and quickly put the bullpen into action. Fellows earned his 1st loss of the season going three innings, giving up five hits on four earned runs while walking none and striking out one.
Vanderbilt went to the bullpen the rest of the game but it didn't matter much as the Commodore hitters couldn't see the ball, find the ball or do anything with the Gamecock pitching staff.
They did squeeze out one run in the 7th inning however. After a Will Toffey walk and a single from freshman J.J. Bleday, Vanderbilt designated hitter Reed Hayes came through yet again this weekend, driving a single into left field that scored Toffey from third. Hayes actually had a pretty good weekend and might have earned himself more time at the plate in the coming future.
Vanderbilt baseball will be back in action this upcoming Tuesday night at home, inside Hawkins Field against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles from Cookeville. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm Central and will be shown on the SEC Network Plus.