That is the most strikeouts in the Tim Corbin era (three seasons) and the most in a nine inning game since March 2, 2002 when Vanderbilt numbered 14 vs. Iowa. In 2003, Commodore pitchers struck out 17 Mississippi State batters in a 12.2 inning contest. "I felt great out there today," Price said following the game. "I had good movement and velocity. It was really nice to go out, and contribute to the win."
Price (6-6, Murfreesboro, Tenn.) struck out six batters in the first two innings, two more in the third and one in the fourth. He faced 14 batters, walked two and gave up his first hit of the season. For the season, Price has pitched 7.2 innings and has struck out 14 batters while walking two and giving up one hit with no runs.
"He got his feet wet today as a starter," Corbin said. "You will see a lot of him, especially in tight situations. He has always had a special arm. Now he's developing into a pretty good pitcher. He did a nice job out there today."
The Commodores scored took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Alex Feinberg walked and moved to second when Antoan Richardson reached on an error. Warner Jones singled through the left side scoring Feinberg and moving Richardson to second. Mike Baxter reached on a fielder's choice forcing Jones out at second. With two away and runners at first and third, Brian Hernandez hit his seventh double of the season down the left field line scoring Richardson and Baxter. Tony Mansolino followed with a single to right field scoring Hernandez.
Richardson scored in the sixth when he singled to left, moved to second on a wild pitch by Dany Brazoban, advanced to third on an error by Brazoban and scored when centerfielder Nick Cleckler mishandled the ball on the error by Brazoban. Lipscomb scored one run in the sixth inning with two away when Nathan Sensing scored on a throwing error by third baseman Tony Mansolino. Sensing reached on a single to the left side and moved to second on a single by Ryan Mitchell.
Vanderbilt added three more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh for the 11-1 win. The Commodore pitching staff gave up one run (unearned) on four hits. Lipcomb committed three errors. The Bisons are now 7-7 on the season. Brazoban picked up the loss going 5.0 innings giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits. He struck out three and walked four batters.
"We took advantage of errors and walks," Corbin said. "Overall, we did not execute that well today offensively. The game was won today on the mound. The story of the game was pitching again for us."
Stephen Shao relieved Price and went 2.0 innings, gave up one hit and struck out three. In his first collegiate appearance, Ty Davis struck out one and forced two ground outs in one inning. Cody Crowell struck out one and gave up a hit, while Ryan Rote closed the game in the ninth with one strikeout.
Vanderbilt totaled 12 hits led by Jones, Hernandez and Aaron Garza with two each. Hernandez drove in three runs, while Garza had two RBI.
The Commodores host No. 19 Baylor in a three-game series this weekend at Hawkins Field. Gametime Friday (March 11) is 4 pm.