Vanderbilt sweeps Ohio

NASHVILLE-- The Vanderbilt baseball team improved to 6-0 as the Commodores completed a 3-game shutout of Ohio by defeating the Bobcats 11-1 and 5-1.

Vanderbilt won the three game series by a combined 26-3 score and allowed just one unearned run during the entire series.

Game 1, Vanderbilt 11 Ohio 1 (8 innings)

Vanderbilt pounded out 16 hits in 33 at bats and Nick Christiani pitched 8 good innings, scattering 8 hits, walking 1 and allowing no earned runs. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez had an outstanding game getting 2 home runs and 3 total hits along with 4 RBIs. David Macias had 3 hits, which included a triple. Macias also scored 4 runs.

Christiani (1-0) pitched earned the win for Vanderbilt. Daniel Weiss (0-1) took the loss for Ohio.

The game was limited to just 8 innings because of a "10-run-rule" agreement by the participating head coaches.

Score by Innings                   R  H  E
Ohio................ 100 000 00 -  1  6  0
Vanderbilt.......... 002 213 03 - 11 16  1

Game 2, Vanderbilt 5 Ohio 1

Vanderbilt's David Price, back from an illness that kept him out of Friday's game, pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 12 batters while walking none.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning on a double by J.T. Osburn who eventually scored, Vanderbilt rallied by scoring runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Alvarez again led the way, getting 2 hits and scoring 2 runs. Ohio pitcher Zeke Isaacs limited Vanderbilt to just 2 hits in the first 4 2/3 innings.

David Price (1-0) got the win for Vanderbilt. Daniel Utts (0-1) took the loss for Ohio.

Score by Innings                   R H E
Ohio................ 100 000 000 - 1 3 2
Vanderbilt.......... 000 102 20X - 5 9 0

Head coach Tim Corbin comments on weekend pitching

"Starting pitching was pretty good. I was glad to see Nick, especially after the fourth inning, I thought he pitched well. David Price after the second inning he pitched well. Jacobson, just the resurgence of Jacobson I think is good thing to see because he is really throwing his off-speed pitch for strikes. Casey Weathers, throwing strikes is huge as a closer. That wasn't easy for him to do last year. Stephen Shao, you know I like him. We've got a few other guys that we have got to get in the mix; Cotham, Minor, Zeid and Crowell who didn't pitch this weekend."

David Price comments

"I felt good. It's tough to get your arm going in the cold but we've been out here 4 weeks practicing in the cold so it's nothing new to us."

Pedro Alvarez comments (on importance of having a strong hitter after him in the batting order)

"It's just as important as a guy hitting well behind Dominic, J. White and everyone else. If we back each other up then teams are going to have a hard time facing us."

Alvarez on how it feels to be intentionally walked.

"It kind of fires me up because I know that Ryan is going to get the job done. I make sure that he gets fired up too. As long as I'm producing for the team and getting on base that's good for the team."

Vanderbilt will next host Lipscomb on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Ohio baseball players watch the action from the bullpen during the first game of the double header on Sunday. Vanderbilt won 11-1. (VM/Don Yates)

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