Feinberg, Ty Davis answer the call

Vanderbilt was in dire straights in the first inning on Sunday. Down 2-0 and with the ugly possibility of another game like Saturday's debacle, two players took matters into their own hands and helped Vanderbilt pickup yet another conference series victory.

The first to step up was Alex Feinberg. The Orinda, California junior has been an integral part of the Commodore team since the 2005 season. That season he batted .335 with 14 RBIs in 46 games. Last season he dropped a little in his batting average to .322 but increased his RBIs to 23.

On Sunday Feinberg torched the Bulldogs going 5 for 5 with 6 RBIs in helping the Commodores rally and turn a close game into a solid thrashing. Feinberg finished with a home run, a double and 3 singles during his memorable career best day. Sunday's outstanding performance increases Feinberg's average to .337 and gives him an impressive 36 RBIs on the season.

Relief pitcher Ty Davis had another super day on the mound in relief of Cody Crowell. Last week Davis went 5 innings and struck out 7 Gators in relief of Mike Minor allowing just 1 earned run. Sunday in the third inning when it looked like the Bulldogs could make it a high scoring affair, Davis stepped up to the mound again and showed why Vanderbilt is the No. 1 team in the country. Davis shut down the Bulldogs in 6 2/3 innings of work, striking out just four but allowing no hits.

With two solid multiple inning showings don't be surprised to see Davis in the starting lineup at Auburn next week.

With much of the attention going to David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Dominic de la Osa; Feinberg and Davis' Sunday heroics may turn out to be a turning point in Vanderbilt's quest for a Southeastern Conference regular season championship. You see, the Arkansas Razorbacks flinched against the LSU Tigers a second time over the weekend and lost 6-5. Vanderbilt is now back in sole possession of first place in the overall standings. If Vanderbilt can take care of business at Auburn this weekend and at home against LSU the following weekend (and not flinch), the Commodores could very well finish as CHAMPIONS of the Southeastern Conference.

NOTE: Reminder, Tuesday's game with MTSU has been cancelled.


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