Vanderbilt Baseball Weekly Report (Feb 12-17)

The Vanderbilt baseball team got off to a great start for the 2002 season by winning the first three games in their fabulous new facility, Charles Hawkins Field. Here is a recap of this historic week in Vanderbilt baseball.

Last Week's Results:
Tuesday (2/12) - def. Tennessee Tech, 6-4
Saturday (2/16) - def. West Virginia, 7-6
Sunday (2/17) - def. West Virginia, 10-5

This Week's Schedule:
Wednesday (2/20) vs. Lipscomb, 3p.m.
Friday (2/22) at Louisville, 2 p.m.
Saturday (2/23) at Louisville, Noon
Sunday (2/24) at Louisville, Noon
Outstanding Player of the Week: KARL NONEMAKER
Nonemaker, a senior from Roxbury, N.J., finished the week with an outstanding batting average of .545.   In 11 at bats Karl scored 4 runs, garnered 6 hits, one walk, batted in 3 runs and stole one base.   Nonemaker moved into a three-way tie with Clinton Johnson (1996-98) and Josh Paul (1994-96) for seventh place on Vanderbilt's all-time hit list with 220. His .389 career batting average ranks second only to Hunter Bledsoe (.425) for first all-time in school history. On Saturday vs. West Virginia, Nonemaker went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. It marked the 28th time he has recorded three or more hits in a game during his career.

Commodore Notes:

  • Head Coach Roy Mewbourne registered his 900th career coaching win
  • Saturday when Vanderbilt edged West Virginia 7-6. He is the 35th coach in history to reach the 900-win plateau and ranks 19th among active coaches invictories. Heading into this week, he holds a career mark of 901-654-9.
  • Senior outfielder Karl Nonemaker went 6-for-11 (.545) during the opening week of the season with a double, a triple, four runs scored and three RBI. Nonemaker moved into a three-way tie for sixth place on the VU all-time hits list with 220.
  • Sophomore Cesar Nicolas hit a walk-off three-run home run to rally VU past Tennessee Tech, 6-4, on opening night, Feb. 12. It marked the first home run and Commodore win in the newly completed $5.8 million Hawkins Field.
  • Junior John Kaye hit a grand-slam home run Sunday against West Virginia, helping to spark VU to 10-5 win. It was Vanderbilt's first grand slam since
    Andy Kropf accomplished the feat against Ole Miss (4/4/99). For the week he went 4-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, four RBI and four walks.
  • Steven Faulkner pitched 8.0 innings during the week, allowing four hits, a earned run, and five walks to go along with his three strike outs. His 1.12 ERA ranks first on the team among pitchers who threw three or more innings during the first week of the season.
  • The Commodores left 34 runners on base in the first three games of 2002.
  • For the week, the Commodores scored 23 runs on 38 hits and nine doubles with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth (2/12) in the season opener vs. Tennessee Tech and a grand slam Sunday (2/17) against West Virginia. Top Stories