Vandy takes series from Ole Miss with 5-0 win

OXFORD­--- Cody Crowell flirted with Vanderbilt baseball history taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a two-hit shutout in the Commodores 5-0 win over Ole Miss Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field.

The Commodores split the doubleheader and took the three game series from the Rebels for the first time in Oxford since 1996. VU improved to 13-7 overall and 2-1 in SEC play, while Ole Miss dropped to 12-8 and 1-2 in league action.

Crowell was masterful throughout the afternoon, needing only 86 pitches and facing just one batter over the minimum. His no-hit bid was foiled by Chris Coghlan's infield single in the seventh and he then gave up a double to Justin Brashear in the ninth for the only two hits of the day.

"Our pitching plan coming in was to initiate weak contact within three pitches and this was a great hitting ballclub," said Crowell. "I knew that in order to be successful I had to be aggressive and not fall behind in any counts. I tried to stay ahead and spot my fastball and it seemed to work today."

"I have never seen anything like the efficient way Cody pitched today," said head coach Tim Corbin. "I am proud of him because he redshirted and waited his turn and you could see him develop. Good things happen to good people and he worked hard and he is very capable of things like that."

Shea Robin's RBI single opened the scoring in the fourth. David Macias had a RBI fielders choice and Pedro Alvarez capped it all off with a two-run homer to right, his third of the season.

"Pedro is young and he will still make mistakes but he is capable of changing the complexion of a game with his bat and he did it today," said Corbin. "He did a nice job defensively as well today and settled down along with the other freshmen."

Ryan Davis doubled in the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Commodores will return home for the next four games, starting with a midweek contests against Belmont on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Vanderbilt will then host Auburn in a three-game SEC series next weekend at Hawkins Field

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Crowell and Robin. Lynn, Rodriguez (6) and Brashear. W- Crowell 2-0, L- Lynn 1-2. SV- None. HR- VU- Alvarez (3)


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