Vanderbilt gets series win over UK

LEXINGTON-- Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky 9-4 Sunday afternoon to complete the suspended Saturday night contest and in the process captured the three game series.

With the win the Commodores improved to 32-6 overall and 9-6 in SEC play, tying them with South Carolina for first place in the East. The Wildcats dropped to 26-9-1 and 6-8-1 in league action.

The Commodores had a 6-4 lead in the ninth before scoring three runs, capped by a two-run homer by Ryan Davis to make it 9-4.

Brad French was the top run producer with three hits and three RBI while Pedro Alvarez added four hits in the winning cause.

The game was completed after the scheduled series finale on Sunday. It was suspended in the top of the sixth with runners on first and third and no outs and the Commodores holding a slim 2-1 lead.

UK took advantage of two Vanderbilt errors to plate a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

The Commodores took the lead in the second on a two-out two-run double by Brad French. Matt Meingasner started the rally with a two-out single through the right side and advanced to second when Alex Feinberg drew a walk. French then lined a shot to center that centerfielder Antoine DeJesus could not get while diving, allowing both base runners to score.

Andrew Giobbi led off the sixth with a double and Shea Robin followed with a single off of starter Andrew Albers. The game then continued on Sunday with a new pitcher, Duran Ferguson, facing pinch hitter Jonathan White. Ferguson struck out White and then Alex Feinberg came through with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-1. Brad French, David Macias and Pedro Alvarez had consecutive RBI singles to make it 5-1.

Kentucky stormed back with three runs of its own via the long ball to make it 5-4. Sawyer Carroll had a two-run homer off of reliever Cody Crowell and Anthony Ottrando added a solo shot, his first career homer.

Brad French's RBI double down the leftfield line in the eighth gave the Commodores a 6-4 lead. Ryan Davis led off the inning with a single and scored an out later on French's hit.

Mike Minor (6-0) was solid in the starting effort, holding the Wildcats to two hits and one unearned run in five innings of action before the game was suspended. He struck out two and walked one and retired the last 14 batters he faced in order.

Crowell picked up his first save of the season as he pitched the four innings on Sunday, giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

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Minor, Crowell (6) and Robin. Albers, Ferguson (6), Paxton (7), Howe (9) and Howe, Coughlin. W- Minor 6-0, L- Albers 5-1. Sv- Crowell (1). HR- VU: Davis (1) UK: Carroll (2), Ottrando (1)



LEXINGTON-- Kentucky rallied from a two-run deficit with a four-run sixth inning, capped off by a two-run homer by Sean Coughlin to defeat Vanderbilt 8-6 in a seven-inning contest Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game was the regularly scheduled final game of the series, with the second game of the series to be concluded after being suspended yesterday due to rain.

Vanderbilt scored two runs to break a 4-4 tie and took a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Wilkes led off the inning with a double to right off of Ty Davis and then moved to second when Keenan Wiley was hit by a pitch by Stephen Shao who relieved Davis. Mike Brown sacrificed both runners over, but Shao struck out Antone DeJesus for the second out in the inning. A passed ball by catcher Andrew Giobbi scored Wilkes and advanced Wiley to third before Sawyer Carroll came through with a RBI single up the middle to tie the game. Coughlin then followed with a homer to left-center that got into the wind and cleared the wall and a leaping Matt Meingasner to give the Wildcats an 8-6 lead.

Brock Baber recorded the final two outs of the seventh to record his first save. Duran Ferguson recorded two outs in the sixth to pick up the win to move to 2-1.

Shao was charged with three runs on three hits in an inning of work with a strikeout in the losing effort. Davis gave up three runs on four hits in four innings of relief with three strikeouts and two walks.

Ryan Flaherty had two hits and two RBI, while Macias recorded two hits and two runs scored to lead the VU offense. Sean Coughlin led UK with three hits and four RBI.

VU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after taking advantage of two fielding errors by the Wildcats and a RBI single by Dominic de la Osa.

UK came right back to tie the game in the bottom half, taking advantage of three walks by Nick Christiani, including one with the bases loaded.

Christiani was pulled after the first inning after giving up two runs on two hits with a strikeout and three walks.

The Wildcats then took the lead in the second on a RBI single by Sean Coughlin off of reliever Ty Davis.

Ryan Flaherty came through with a RBI single in the third to tie the game back up at 3-3.

Sawyer Carroll's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth put Kentucky back up on top 4-3. Keenan Wiley led off with a single, Mike Brown walked and Antone DeJesus bunted them over to second and third before Carroll came through with the sac fly to right.

VU came right back in the top of the fifth to tie it again on another RBI single by Flaherty. David Macias led off the inning and one out later moved to second on a grounder by de la Osa before Flaherty came through with the single through the middle.

The Commodores took a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth courtesy of RBI hits by Alex Feinberg and Brad French. Matt Meingasner started things with a one out walk off of starter Greg Dombrowski. Feinberg then lined a double into right-center to score Meingasner. Brad French followed with a high-hop single over the third baseman's head to bring in Feinberg to make it 6-4.

The Commodores will hit the road for two midweek games against local foes Lipscomb on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Middle Tennessee on Wednesday at 6 p.m. VU will then host in-state rival Tennessee in a three game SEC series over the weekend.

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Christiani, Davis (2), Shao (6) and Giobbi. Dombrowski, Ferguson (6), Paxton (7), Baber (7) and Coughlin. W- Ferguson 2-1, L- Shao 0-1. Sv-None. HR- UK: Coughlin (7). Top Stories