En fuego: Jones ties SEC hitting streak record

NASHVILLE-- If Warner Jones gets much hotter, someone may need to call the volunteer fire department. On Monday the pint-sized Vanderbilt second baseman was named SEC Player of the week after hitting .737 for the week past. In Tuesday's 3-0 win over cross-town rival Belmont, he went a mere 1-for-4 but tied an SEC record by extending his school-record hitting streak to 31 games.

NASHVILLE-- If Warner Jones gets much hotter, someone may need to call the volunteer fire department. On Monday the pint-sized Vanderbilt second baseman was named SEC Player of the week after hitting a mere .737 for the week past. In Tuesday's 3-0 win over cross-town rival Belmont, he went a mere 1-for-4 but tied an SEC record by extending his school-record hitting streak to 31 games.

In the first inning Jones got the Commodores on the scoreboard by doubling in Ryan Klosterman, and scoring a run himself on a Mike Baxter single. It was all Tim Corbin's club would need, as Matt Buschmann and freshman Stephen Shao shut out Belmont, allowing just five hits.

Vanderbilt tacked on a third run vs. Belmont in the sixth when Baxter scored on a wild pitch.

Last week Jones, the sophomore Nashville-MBA product, had a week that most baseball players could only dream about. He went an astonishing 14-for-19 at the plate with six doubles, one triple and one home run. He was also 1-for-1 in stolen bases.

The hitting streak, now up to 31 games, is getting a bit ridiculous as well. If this goes on much longer, the streak could reach DiMaggio-like proportions.

"It feels really good to have my name in the record books," Jones said. "My coaches have just been telling me to stay down with my feet planted and keep my head still, and it has worked all season long."

Head Coach Tim Corbin knows better than to mess with something that's working well.

"He is seeing the ball tremendously well right now," Corbin said last week after a game vs. Georgia in which Jones extended the streak to 28 games. "The TV guys asked me before the game if I have ever seen anyone hit like this and I said 'Yes, Khalil Greene' [the 2002 College Player of the Year from Clemson]. I have tried to leave him alone because that would be the worst thing a coach could do for someone in a hitting streak."

Jones tries to extend the lead to 32 games Wednesday as the Commodores take on Austin Peay at 6 p.m. CT. Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina for a three-game series starting Friday at Hawkins Field.


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