Sowers sparkles in 4-3 victory over UGA

Superfan David Vorhaus provides this account of Vandy's 4-3 win over Georgia on Friday. "A crowd of 1,583 fans, including Vandy Lance, packed Hawkins field to watch Sowers display magic yet again on a Friday night," writes Vorhaus.

NASHVILLE-- To some it might seem almost repetitive to say that Jeremy Sowers pitched another great game, but 1,583 fans, including Vandy Lance, packed Hawkins field to watch Sowers display magic yet again on a Friday night. It was a crucial game for the Commodores after being swept last week in Mississippi, and Vandy desperately needed a win.

Sowers improved his record to 4-1 and dropped his ERA even more by pitching eight shut-out innings against the Bulldogs, keeping them at bay with a variety of pitches. Throwing 114 pitches over the eight frames, Sowers struck out 10 and did not walk a man. He allowed just 4 hits, 3 in the first 3 innings, and faced the minimum number of batters from the fourth inning on. He did allow a hit in the fifth, but then proceeded to pick off the runner on a 1-3-4 caught stealing play that ended the inning.

The offense was lead again by Warner Jones, who is just knocking the cover off the ball. He came into the game batting a mere .545 and went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI's. As he said later, "Sometimes I say to myself I shouldn't have swung at a certain pitch and I end up hitting it well".

Coach Tim Corbin also said of Jones' hitting, "He is not just hitting fastballs, he is hitting breaking balls, and anything close he is swinging at and getting the barrel on the ball."

Vandy scored in the bottom of the first when Antoan Richardson was hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on a Jones single. Jones' hit set a new Commodore hitting streak record of 28 games, dating back to last season. A double steal by Richardson and Jones put runners at second and third with one out. Cesar Nicolas then hit a sacrafice fly to right, plating Richardson.

The Commodores tallied another run in the third when catcher Jonathan Douillard smacked a sharp single up the middle, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a double by Jones.

The Commodores capped their scoring in the fifth when Ryan Klosterman and Antoan Richardson both walked to lead off the inning. Georgia pitcher Paul Lubrano tried to pick off Ryan at second but sailed the ball into centerfield, allowing Klosterman and Richardson to advance to second and third. Warner Jones drove a ball to right, scoring Klosterman and Richardson, but got a bit greedy as the throw came home toward a streaking Richardson. Jones tried to advance to second, but was thrown out by five steps.

The top of the ninth supplied a preview of fireworks, as Georgia jumped on relief pitcher Matt Buschmann early. Back-to-back leadoff singles followed by back-to-back walks made the score 4-1 and Georia had the bases loaded with no outs and the league's homerun leader Josh Morris at the plate. On a 2-2 pitch, Buschmann got Morris to hit into a 4-6-3 double play as another Georgia run scored, making it 4-2. Martin Szabo screamed a triple to the gap in right center, plating another run and putting the tying run just 90 feet away. Corbin went back to the pen; Ryan Rote threw three stikes to Josh Smith to end the game.

Vandy improved to 16-5 (1-3) while Georgia fell to 16-6 (2-2). Both teams square off Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Top Stories