Vanderbilt's offense led the way on Tuesday night and helped the Commodores beat Austin Peay, 8-4
The VandyBoys produced eight runs on ten hits while only striking out a total of four times on the night. Even missing starter and veteran Will Toffey didn't seem to phase the Dores as others stepped up and gave the team what they needed at the plate. Vanderbilt scored early and often, eventually taking a 7-2 lead into the 6th inning.
The offense was spearheaded by All-American hopeful Jeren Kendall. The junior outfielder went 2-4 on the night, scoring once and as usual, being a speed demon on the bases. Kendall also did not strike out on the evening which is a good sign going forward. Kendall along with senior Ro Coleman were key on Tuesday night at the top of the lineup as both guys produced four runs and were consistent runners on the base paths.
Kendall, Coleman and others were brought in to score by the bats of Julian Infante, Ethan Paul, Reed Hayes and J.J Bleday. The middle of the lineup and all four players had big hits and RBI's on the night and really did a great job of stepping up in the absence of Toffey, who has been a staple in the middle of the Dores lineup all season.
While the Vanderbilt offense did their job, the pitching staff had a good night as well. Starter Chandler Day threw only two innings of shut out baseball to pick up the win (7-1) but the encouraging sign came from the bullpen.
Head coach Tim Corbin went to six pitchers on the night to close out the Governors and while Austin Peay was able to scratch across four runs, it was an overall solid performance from the pen. Vanderbilt needs their bullpen to step up as they have struggled this season and we are headed into the final stretch of the SEC season. The most encouraging sign might of came from Drake Fellows. The freshman only pitched one inning but he struck out the side and looked commanding on the mound. Govs pitcher Caleb Powell took the loss for Austin Peay after allowing four earned runs over two innings of work.
Vanderbilt returns to the diamond on Friday as they are set to host the Missouri Tigers for a three game set. Game one is set for 6:30 pm Central with the Commodores throwing Patrick Raby and Tigers tossing Tanner Houck.