Photo Story: Vandy handles OSU, 8-1

TEMPE, AZ-- The Vanderbilt Commodore baseball team opened their 2008 season with an impressive 8-1 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Pitchers Mike Minor and Caleb Cotham combined to strike out 9 and allow just 5 hits and 2 walks during the game.

Barry Bonds, Jim Brock and Reggie Jackson are just few of the names of great players who have worn the Arizona State baseball uniform.

Commodore baseball players, including Pedro Alvarez, get some batting practice before the game. Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin can be seen at the left.

Corbin took a stroll under the stadium must before the start of the game. That's Sun Devil Stadium, where Arizona State plays their football games, in the background.

Alvarez did not get a hit but he reached on walks twice and scored a run.

Vanderbilt players celebrate their first run scored of the 2008 season, which was scored by Dominic de la Osa.

Sophomore pitcher Mike Minor shut down the defending NCAA Champion Beavers by scattering 5 hits in 6 innings of work. Minor had 6 strikeouts.

Brad French reached on a single in the fourth.

Vanderbilt players watch as their team builds a big lead.

Dominic de la Osa, who scored two runs on two hits, at bat in the 9th inning. Vanderbilt added 3 more runs in the 9th with de la Oso scoring one of them.

Senior catcher Shea Robin meets with redshirt freshman Caleb Cotham of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Cotham made a solid showing in his inaugural appearance on the mound by striking out 3 and allowing no runs in 3 innings of work.

Vanderbilt's Jared Cohen meets with an Oregon State player after the game.

The scoreboard says it all. Vanderbilt improves to 1-0 after an impressive, 8-1, victory over Oregon State. Vanderbilt will face Arizona State tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT.

Photos copyright 2008 Don Yates for Top Stories