Florida scores early and often to defeat Vanderbilt, 20-8

It was an emotional day at Hawkins Field and the emotions seemed to dive into the game as the Commodores looked lifeless early and it hurt them as Florida put up 12 runs within the first three innings and basically took control of the game from that point in time. The Gators went on to win 20-8 and take the three game series from Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt already knew that an emotional day was ahead of them on Saturday and all that was before they even stepped onto the field to take on Florida. Honoring and remembering the late Donny Everett was an amazing and emotional event before game three versus the Gators even started and those emotions seemed to spill over into the game and put a damper on the Commodores efforts. 

The Commodores fell hard to the Gators in game three by the score of 20-8 and even though the team tried to make a comeback, the deficit was too big to overcome and Florida (24-12/8-7) would take the three game road series away from Vanderbilt. 

Florida jumped early on Commodores starter Drake Fellows in the 1st inning and their barrage of hits continued to pepper across the Vanderbilt defense. Florida scored fours runs in the 1st and chased Fellows from the game in the 3rd. The Gators sent 13 men to the plate in the 3rd inning and scored eight runs bringing the overall score to 12-0. 

Vanderbilt (22-15/7-8) would get on the board in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring five runs and breathing life into the team. The excitement wouldn't last long as the Commodore bullpen couldn't slow down the Gator bats nor show any signs of consistency on the mound. 

The game would get worse as Florida continued to find open holes in the field and push across more runs. Fellows would take the loss (3-2) and the Commodores would use a total of seven pitchers on the day. Vanderbilt didn't have a pitcher in the pen who could slow down the Gators and it now makes head coach Tim Corbin and pitching coach Scott Brown go back to the drawing board and possibly redefine roles.

Vanderbilt's pitching staff allowed 20 runs on Saturday along with 20 hits. Six extra base hits were given up by the staff while also throwing four meat pitches that found their way over the wall. 

The Commodore hitters did score 8 runs on the day while collecting 17 hits. Gators starting pitcher Jackson Kowar did pick up the win (6-0) but he allowed six earned runs, ten hits while striking out six and walking two. Vanderbilt had a pretty decent day at the plate but they still have an issue of striking out too much and not capitalizing with runners on base. 

Baseball will continue for Vanderbilt on Tuesday evening as they travel to Murfreesboro to take on the MTSU Blue Raiders. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm Central and it is unknown right now as to who will be the starting pitcher for the Commodores. 


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