Vandy pounds South Carolina in SEC Tourney

HOOVER- Vanderbilt used a six-run third and a five-run sixth and combined that with a strong pitching performance by David Price to defeat South Carolina 11-1 in a seven-inning run rule contest. Vanderbilt gets Friday off before playing again on Saturday.

Tournament rules call for a 10-run rule after seven innings to try to shorten a four-game day. The Commodores advanced to SEC tournament semifinals with the win and will take on the winner of tomorrow's South Carolina-Georgia contest on Saturday at 10 a.m. A win there would propel VU into the SEC championship game for the second time in three seasons (2004 final).

Sophomore lefthander David Price (9-4) picked up his third win in a row after giving up just one run on six hits in the seven inning complete game. He struck out eight and walked just one in his second CG of the year.

"I love this team," said Price. "I gave up one run in the top of the third and they gave me six in the bottom of the third. I just love this team."

The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the third when Mark Stanley led off the stanza with a triple to left-center and scored on a wild pitch from Price.

Alex Feinberg opened the third with an infield single and moved to second a sacrifice bunt by Brad French. David Macias then delivered a RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Pedro Alvarez then slammed a mammoth two-run homer, his 18th of the year, to right to make it 3-1. It was his third homer in the last four games and all have come against the Gamecocks. Ryan Flaherty followed with a double and Brian Hernandez added an infield single, before Dominic de la Osa capped off the inning with a three-run homer to leftfield, his eighth round tripper of the year.

Feinberg was not expected to play today after injuring his shoulder in yesterday's win over Georgia, but he felt better as the day went on and got the start at second.

"Today every guy chipped in." stated Feinberg. "When that happens, it's easy to succeed and it's fun."

The Commodores put the game away in the sixth with a five-run frame. Shea Robin scored on a wild pitch to start the attack and then Ryan Flaherty added a two-run single with the bases loaded to make it 9-1. Brian Hernandez added a two RBI single of his own to close out the game scoring.

The 3-4-5 hitters for Vanderbilt (Ryan Flaherty, Brian Hernandez, Dominic de la Osa) went a combined 7-for-12 with seven RBI and four runs scored.

"It was a good performance in two ways," said VU head coach Tim Corbin. "David (Price) went out and pitched very well. He had good command of all pitches and was up early in the count. That's important because they have good hitters. Offensively we started each inning with sacrifice bunts. I thought our kids did a good job of hitting. It was balanced throughout the order. Whether they're singles, doubles, triples or home runs, we're doing a good job taking swings."

South Carolina    001 000  0 -   1      6      0
Vanderbilt            006 000  x - (11) (12)    0

Jeffords, Tucker (3), Lambert (6) and Kline. Price and Hernandez. W- Price 9-4, L- Jeffords 0-1. Sv- None . HR- VU: Alvarez (18), de la Osa (8).

Game Notes: With his 18th homer, Pedro Alvarez moved into a tie for fourth place on the school's single season list. 19 is the record and held by three players (Josh Adeeb and Clinton Johnston in 1998 and Nick Morrow in 1994). Alvarez also broke into the school's single season RBI record book at No. 10 with 58 … With David Price's ninth win of the year, he moved into a tie for fourth place on the school's single season list. 12 is the record held by Jeff Peeples (1973). Jeremy Sowers (2004) and Jack Nuismer (1979) are tied for second with 10 … The Commodores defeated South Carolina in the SEC tournament for the just the second time in five chances (only other win was in 1993) … The three wins against USC this season is the most ever against the Gamecocks. Top Stories