There wasn't a whole lot of excitement inside Hawkins Field on Friday night as fans and both teams had to endure a pitching duel that kept both offense's in check but one big blast over the right field wall would become the difference in the Commodores 1-0 win over Tennessee.
The only run of the game was produced in the 4th inning when All-American candidate Jeren Kendall blasted a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for his 13th home run of the season and to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead.
That lead and score would stay that way as the Volunteer hitters could not find answers against Knoxville native Patrick Raby. The sophomore right hander had Tennessee out of whack at the plate and did a great job of working the count in his favor. He did run into a few sticky situations throughout the night, especially in the 5th and 6th innings but overall, Raby threw one of his best games of his career on Friday night and eventually picked up his 7th win of the season.
Raby pitched eight innings on the night, giving up only five hits while striking out five and walking only one batter. He was almost flawless on the mound and his performance was finished off in the 9th by Commodores closer Reed Hayes. The junior two way player shut down the Vols quickly in the 9th allowing no hits, striking out one and picking up his 6th save of the year.
Tennessee starting pitcher Hunter Martin might of picked up the loss on Friday night but his performance on the mound shouldn't go unnoticed. The right hander threw a complete game and did a great job of keeping the Vanderbilt hitters off balance. The lone home run from Kendall was the only blimish on Martin's stat sheet. Martin gave the Vols a shot to win but their offense could not hit the ball well enough off Raby.