Baseball: Louisville series wrap up

The baseball Commodores won the final game of the series with Louisville 6-5 when Worth Scott hit a grand slam in the third inning. Freshman left-hander Jeremy Sowers struck out 10 batters and gave up one earned run to earn his first win as a Commodore. Vanderbilt had fallen to the Cardinals 12-3 on Saturday and 6-1 on Friday.


Louisville - Right fielder Worth Scott hit a third-inning grand slam and left-hander Jeremy Sowers struck out 10 and gave up one earned run as Vanderbilt edged Louisville 6-5, Sunday, Feb. 24, at Cardinal Stadium. The victory improved the Commodores' record to 5-2 overall while Louisville drops to 2-1.

Vanderbilt scored its first two runs on bases-loaded walks. First baseman Sean Luellwitz forced a walk in the third inning to plate outfielder Karl Nonemaker from third base. Two innings later, Nonemaker scored again when designated hitter Scott Shapiro's patience at the plate forced a walk. Worth Scott stepped to the plate next and belted a grand slam into the right field bleachers to give Vanderbilt an early 6-0 advantage.

On the mound in 7 innings Sowers (1-0) allowed only four hits, all singles, and one earned run in his collegiate debut for the Commodores. Sowers walked two batters. Louisville's lone threat against the freshman came in the third inning. After catcher Ken Tirpack singled up the middle of the infield, second baseman Scott Gerlach walked and shortstop Adam Haley was hit by a pitch, Sowers retired the next three Cardinal batters in order. But while Louisville's bullpen allowed only two hits during the final six innings of the game, the Commodores bullpen wasn't as stingy. Trailing 6-1 in the eighth inning, Louisville scored its next two runs on sacrifice flies to trim Vanderbilt's lead to 6-3.

With two outs in the ninth, Louisville scored two more runs on a bases-loaded two-base throwing error by Commodore third baseman Cesar Nicolas. But Vanderbilt reliever Dean Bennett picked up his third save of the season when he got Louisville third baseman Mike Budak to ground out the second base to end the game.

Vanderbilt comes back to Hawkins Field Wednesday, Feb. 27, to battle Memphis at 3 p.m.

Score by Innings                   R H E
Vanderbilt.......... 105 000 000 - 6 5 1
Louisville.......... 000 010 022 - 5 6 1

Louisville - The Louisville Cardinals handed Vanderbilt baseball its second consecutive loss Saturday, Feb. 23, at Cardinal Stadium, scoring nine times in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie.

After battling back from an early 3-0 deficit, the Commodores (4-2) saw Louisville (2-0) send 13 batters to the plate, pound out nine runs on seven hits and take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series. The Cardinals chased VU starter Jeff Little (four batters into the inning when Cardinal first baseman Morgan Bojorquez broke the deadlock with an RBI-single to left field. Commodore reliever John Scott came on, but surrendered an RBI-single to pinch hitter Curt Stewart. Scott was replaced immediately by reliever Scott Shapiro but Louisville scored seven times off the freshman right-hander highlighted by a bases-loaded triple by right fielder Mark Jurich. The Vanderbilt fan's home on the web!

Vanderbilt rallied from a 3-0 deficit on a three-run home run by first baseman Sean Luellwitz in the fifth inning. The Commodores managed nine hits on the afternoon. Outfielder John Kaye and second baseman Scott Vanderhoff collected two singles apiece.

Louisville took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff home run by shortstop Adam Haley. The Cardinals stretched their advantage to three runs in the third inning on an RBI-triple by right fielder Mark Jurich and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Morgan Bojorquez.

Score by Innings                   R  H  E
Vanderbilt.......... 000 030 000 - 3  9  2
Louisville.......... 102 000 90X - 12 12 2


Louisville ­ Louisville right-hander Mike Tisdale (1-0) held Vanderbilt hitters to five hits and one run in seven innings of work as the Commodores lost their first game of the season, a 6-1 decision Friday, Feb. 22, at Cardinal Stadium.

Vanderbilt (4-1) could manage only two hits through the first five innings of the game and scored its lone run in the seventh inning when outfielder John Kaye scored from third base on catcher Jonathan Douillard's ground out to first base.

Playing its first game of the 2002 season, Louisville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI-single by first baseman Morgan Bojorquez. The Cardinals extended their lead with a three-run sixth inning thanks in part to two Vanderbilt errors. Left fielder Josh Bolen singled in catcher Fernando Isa from third base and later scored a fielding error by Commodore shortstop Tony Mansolino. On the following play, designated hitter Carlos De la Osa hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored right fielder Mark Jurich.

The lack of run production did not help Commodore starter Steven Faulkner (1-1), who limited Louisville to five hits in the first five innings. The right-hander surrendered one earned run and two walks while striking out a Louisville batter. Right-hander Chris Maultsby pitched the final three innings, giving up seven hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out one.

Score by Innings 		            R H E
Vanderbilt.......... 000 000 100 - 1 6  3
Louisville.......... 000 103 11X - 6 14 1
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