Baseball: VU romps over Butler, 14-6

NASHVILLE ­­-- Vanderbilt used an 11-run fourth inning to rally from a 6-2 deficit and defeat Butler 14-6 in baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores won their fourth straight game to improve to 10-6 on the year, while the Bulldogs fell to 5-8.

"The breakout inning was big for us," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "I thought we had some great at bats leading up to that, but the rest of it was kind of a blur. It broke up the game and loosened it up for us."

Shea Robin's RBI single started the scoring barrage in the fourth with David Macias then following with a RBI double. Pedro Alvarez proceeded to launch a three-run homer to right-center, his second round-tripper in as many games. Dominic de la Osa and Ryan Davis added RBI singles before Robin capped the scoring with a grand-slam homer over the leftfield wall.

"I just wanted to come through with a base hit with the bases loaded," said Robin. "I laid off a few pitches, waiting for a good pitch to hit and he came in with a fastball and I turned it around and got a good piece of it."

Ty Davis (4-2) came on in relief in the third inning and stabilized the game with five innings of two-hit scoreless relief.

"I thought Ty's last two innings were quality innings," said Corbin. "He started to pitch like the Ty we know."

Butler plated two runs in the first on a two-run single by shortstop Joe Pauley off of VU starter Greg Moviel. The Commodores tied it in the bottom half on de la Osa's two-run double off the leftfield wall.

The Bulldogs came right back in the second and plated four more runs to take a 6-2 lead. Alex Rinearson and Tony Barnes both had RBI doubles to lead the way.

After the 11-run fourth, the Commodores added another run in the fifth on de la Osa's RBI single to right. The sophomore shortstop finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Shea Robin also aided the attack with a 3-for-4 showing and a career high five RBI.

"I've been working with the coaches and I am starting to see the ball better," added Robin.

"I thought Shea's play behind the plate was key for us as well," said Corbin. "He made two outstanding blocks of balls in the dirt when the game was still in question early."

Casey Weathers pitched the final two innings of the game and struck out five with only a walk in his second appearance of the year.

Vanderbilt will close out its 14-game homestand tomorrow afternoon against Butler at 4 p.m.

Butler       240   000   000- 681
Vanderbilt   200 (11)10  00x- (14)(15)1

Sinkiewicz, Costello (4), Deter (8) and Dempsey, Rodriguez. Moviel, Davis (3), Weathers (8). W- Davis (4-2), L- Sinkiewicz (0-2) SV- None. HR- VU: Alvarez (2), Robin (1).

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