The loss was the Commodores first of the year in their newly completed Hawkins Field, snapping a seven-game home win streak.
The Bulldogs (10-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) touched up Vanderbilt starter Jeremy Sowers (2-2) for a season-high 11 hits and seven earned runs in 7.1 innings on the mound. Nine different Bulldogs registered hits in the game, led by second baseman Justin Holmes' 3-for-6 effort at the plate. He had two RBI and two runs scored. Left fielder David Coffey went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBI and a run scored.
Georgia's Mickey Westphal (3-0) earned the win, striking out 10 batters while allowed nine hits and four earned runs.
Vanderbilt's (13-5, 2-2 SEC) lone lead of 2-0 came in the second inning. Third baseman Cesar Nicholas doubled in first baseman Sean Luellwitz from second. Designated hitter John Prothro followed with a single to centerfield to score Nicolas.
Georgia immediately answered in the third inning, scoring four times. Coffey's three-run home run to right center did most of the damage.
The Commodores rallied in the fifth to tie the score at 4-4. Nicolas' infield single in the hole at second base scored second baseman Tony Mansolino. Prothro followed with a double to left center that scored Luellwitz. Nicolas ended the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Luellwitz was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
While that ended the day offensively for the Commodores, the Bulldogs scored in each of the final four innings to pull away.
Catcher Clint Sammons' two-run homer to right-center field in the sixth inning gave Georgia the lead for good. The Bulldogs also scored five times in the ninth on only two hits. Georgia forced two walks and a hit batter off VU reliever Scott Shapiro. The Commodores also committed two errors in the inning.
Vanderbilt tries to even the three game series Saturday at Hawkins Field. Game time is 2 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on WNSR 560 AM in Nashville and can also be heard on vucommodores.com.