Vanderbilt opened the series with Georgia on a high note winning game one 8-1 and doing it behind a stellar starting pitching performance from sophomore right hander Patrick Raby.
The Knoxville put native in one of his best performances of his career at Vanderbilt last night as he threw a complete game, giving up only one run on eight hits while striking out four. Raby's wasn't over powering but he was efficient and was consistent pounding the strike zone.
Georgia's only threat against Raby came in the 4th inning when outfielder Cam Sheppard launched a solo home run to cut Vanderbilt's lead in a half but that was the closest the Dawgs would get. The Commodores offense helped Raby on Friday, providing several clutch hits, including three bombs that found themselves over the outfield wall.
Sophomore Stephen Scott launched his 2nd home run of the season to give Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead. Kendall blasted his team leading 12th home run of the year in the 7th inning and 1st baseman Julian Infante hit a bomb over the left center field wall in the 9th. It was Infante's 9th home run of the season.
3rd baseman Will Toffey didn't hit a home run last night but he went 2-4 at the plate while driving in three runs. Designated hitter Reed Hayes had another good day at the plate and his led the team with three hits on the evening. Vanderbilt's offense has been hitting much better of late and did good at providing runs Raby and giving him cushion to play with.
Game two didn't turn out in the same fashion as game one for Vanderbilt. The Commodores received another great pitching performance from starter Kyle Wright but it went for not as Vandy did not produce a run and was shut out by Georgia, 1-0.
Wright pitched seven innings of shut out ball and gave way to reliever Matt Ruppenthal in the 8th where the junior gave up a solo home run and the only run of the game. Both teams offense's were shut down by the oppositions pitching as neither squad could hit or produce runs. Vanderbilt had a total of two hits in game two while Georgia didn't do much better only producing three hits themselves.
Game three is currently taking place in Athens as both team's set on playing a double header today. Sunday in the peach state is expected to be rain soaked, so game three was moved up to 5 pm Central tonight.
Sophomore Chandler Day took the mound for his 1st ever starting performance in an SEC game.
(Stats were not released at the time of this article)