Baseball: Vanderbilt pounds UConn

<b>Nashville</b>- Vanderbilt pounded a season-high 11 runs, 17 hits and nine doubles in its 11-5 win over Connecticut Friday, March 1, at Hawkins Field in first-day action of the Music City Challenge. The Commodores improve to 6-2 while the Huskies fall to 0-4.

Six Commodores registered multi-hit performances led by right fielder Worth Scott's 3-for-5, four-RBI outing. Designated hitter Cesar Nicolas went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Scott Vanderhoff posted a 3-for-4 afternoon. Center fielder Karl Nonemaker, first baseman Sean Luellwitz and third baseman John Prothro also recorded two hits apiece.

After Connecticut took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth on an RBI-double by right fielder Peter Soteropoulos, Vanderbilt answered in its half of the inning. Nicolas sparked the offense with a solo home run to left-center field off Connecticut right-hander Patrick Sperone (0-2).

Four of the next six Commodores followed with doubles. Scott's double into left center scored Luellwitz. Catcher Jonathan Douillard's two-bagger down the right-field line plated Scott. Vanderhoff's RBI-double down the left-field line scored Douillard.

Vanderbilt extended its lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning. Left fielder John Kaye scored on an RBI-single by right fielder Worth Scott. The Vanderbilt fan's home on the web.
But it was the Commodores' sixth-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach. Nonemaker's RBI single through the right side of the infield, plating Vanderhoff, started the scoring. After shortstop Tony Mansolino reached on a fielder's choice, Nicolas roped a two-RBI double down the left-field line.

Luellwitz knocked in Nicolas with a single through the left side of the infield. Left fielder John Kaye followed with an RBI-double to left field.

Vanderbilt starter Jeff Little struck out a season-high seven batters in a solid 7.2 innings of work to improve to 2-1. The right-hander surrendered six hits and three earned runs.

The Music City Challenge continues Saturday. Vanderbilt will play host to Iowa at 1p.m. Saint Louis battles Belmont at Greer Stadium at 1 p.m. Connecticut takes on Lipscomb at Dugan Field at 2 p.m. Freshman left-hander Jeremy Sowers, the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, is schedule to take the mound for the Commodores. Iowa has not named a starter. Top Stories