Déjà Vu All over Again; SC 2, VU 0

Yogi Berra coined the phrase, "It's déjà vu all over again" but Vanderbilt is living it. After collecting only 3 hits on Friday, they get 2 on Sunday. Vanderbilt's pitching was again spectacular giving up only 4 hits yet it was enough to give USC head coach Ray Tanner career win number 1,000. On a weekend in which Vanderbilt pitchers only allowed 6 earned runs and...

...USC escapes town with the series win, taking 2 of 3 games.

This game only lasted 2 hrs and 14 minutes as Vanderbilt saw only the minimum of batters to the plate at 27. While the Vanderbilt pitchers are superb, the VU offense is looking offensive. Taylor Hill threw maybe his best game of the year, going 7 and 2/3 innings. He only allowed 1 run on 2 hits, struck out 3 and walked 1, but still gets the loss and drops to 3-3 on the year. That 1 run occurred on his first pitch, however, as Whit Merrifield took it deep over the left field fence.

Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin has stated, " I have to get Russell Brewer into the game as he has not pitched in 13 days", but with the game close at 1-0 and in the ninth, Corbin went with Chase Reid. Reid opened the ninth by getting Jeffery Jones to ground out to second. Nick Ebert then hit a soft liner over the head of Brain Harris. Evan Marzilli then grounded to second and the runner moved up to second. Russell Brewer then entered the game with 2 outs in the ninth to face Adrian Morales who promptly hit a double off the left field wall, scoring Ebert from second. Brewer then struck out Kyle Enders to end the ninth.

Brian Harris was the only offense for the Commodores, providing both of the team hits. After Harris reached base on a single to right field in the first, Bryan Johns hit into a double play. Then in the seventh Harris hit a single to left field. Johns got him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Aaron Westlake followed with a line drive that USC's shortstop, Bobby Haney, snagged and doubled off Harris at 2nd in a close play. Two hits against the No. 8 team is not going to get Vanderbilt a win.

The bottom line is that Vanderbilt has to get the sticks going or else Vanderbilt's baseball season for 2010 will be a disappointment. Curt Casali is still nursing a hamstring pull and is still not ready to take the field. In his absence, the remaining batters must solve the mystery and rediscover the art of hitting the ball. Vanderbilt does not get much rest as MTSU comes to Hawkins Field on Tuesday, and then a hot Auburn team comes to town for next weekend. Corbin has not shown the flexibility to make major changes in this batting order, but if more offense is not generated soon wholesale changes may be in order.
South Carolina 100 000 001-240
Vanderbilt     000 000 000-021

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