The Commodores added two more runs in the sixth on leftfielder Matt Meingasner's single to leftfield. They went on to add a run in the seventh on a RBI double by Brian Hernandez and two more in the eighth on a solo homer by Dominic de la Osa and a RBI single by Adam Cronk.
Freshman pitcher Brett Jacobson (1-0) went six innings in his first collegiate start and was impressive as he gave up two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and just one walk.
"I know that being a freshman you have to wait for your opportunity and I felt the coaches gave me that chance to prove myself today," said Jacobson. "My teammates gave me some support and hit the ball and I thought I went out there and pitched pretty well."
Two other freshmen hurlers, Josh Zeid and Nick Christiani also fared well with three shutout innings combined. Zeid struck out four, while Christiani fanned two in an inning of work. The freshmen trio combined to strike out 15 in the contest.
Butler jumped on the board first with a run in the first coming off of a passed ball and another in the fourth via a solo homer by catcher Joe Dempsey.
Matt Sokolowski (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Bulldogs after giving up five runs, two earned, in six innings of work with two strikeouts and a walk.
Ryan Flaherty, Meingasner and de la Osa led Vanderbilt with two hits each, while Dustin Bucalo and Joe Dempsey paced Butler with two hits as well.
"We have picked it up a lot and everybody is coming around offensively," said de la Osa. "Hopefully we can carry that into the weekend."
The Commodores will open SEC play this weekend against Ole Miss in Oxford. Both teams enter with identical 11-6 records and face off on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The game time for both Saturday and Sunday is set at 1:30 p.m.
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Sokolowski, Depotter (7) and Dempsey. Jacobson, Zeid (7), Christiani (9) and Hernandez; Hawkins W- Jacobson 1-0, L- Sokolowski 0-1 SV- None. HR- VU: de la Osa (2).