Baseball: Toreros pound VU 10-0 in opener

LOS ANGELES ­­--- No. 9 San Diego used a six-run second inning and a stellar start by righthander Josh Butler to defeat Vanderbilt 10-0 in the Commodores season opener Friday afternoon at USC/Public Storage Classic at Dedeaux Field.

Butler (3-0) had not been scored on in 12 innings this season and extended that number to 20 with eight innings of shutout baseball. The junior struck out eight, including six in a row, while allowing four hits in the game.

USD opened the second with back-to-back walks off of Commodore southpaw David Price. Shortstop Steve Singleton then singled to load the bases for designated hitter Kevin Hansen who then hit a single off of Price's glove and into right field that scored two runs. Third baseman Ryan Lilly had a sacrifice bunt RBI and was followed by centerfielder Justin Snyder's RBI double to right to extend the lead to 4-0. The Toreros then took advantage of a fielding error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez to score two unearned runs to close out the inning.

San Diego added another run in the fourth on a RBI double by second baseman Keoni Ruth to make it 7-0.

The Toreros closed out the scoring with three runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 10-0. Hansen had an RBI single and Lilly a three-run homer off of freshman Josh Zeid.

Second baseman Alex Feinberg led off the season with a first-pitch single up the middle. The Commodores did not record another hit until first baseman Brad French's single to open the seventh.

Brian Hernandez, Matt Meingasner and Shea Robin recorded the other hits for VU.

Price (0-1) gave up seven runs, five earned, in 4.2 innings of work with seven strikeouts and five walks.

Vanderbilt will take on tournament host USC tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CT. The Trojans are 5-3 on the year and face Kansas tonight before taking on the Commodores. The expected pitching matchup will be senior righthander Matt Buschmann for VU against freshman righthander Ryan Cook for USC.

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Price, Rhoden (5), Zeid (7) and Hernandez. Butler, Holzhauer (9) and Abruzzo. W- Butler 3-0, L- Price 0-1 SV- HR- Lilly (1).

Game Notes: Tyler Rhoden made his first appearance on the mound since the 2004 season after redshirting in 2005. He pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief … Vanderbilt lost its season opener for the first time since the 2003 season … Five players started for the first time in their Vanderbilt careers (Pedro Alvarez, Ryan Flaherty, Diallo Fon, Brad French and Matt Meingasner) four of whom were playing in their first collegiate game (French played in six games in 2005) … Freshman hurler Josh Zeid also saw his first collegiate action, allowing three runs in two innings of work … The seven runs Price gave up was a career high and the five walks tied a career high … The Commodores were shutout for the first time since falling to LSU 3-0 on May 1, 2005. Top Stories