Vanderbilt started the first with 3 big runs as Brian Harris was hit by a pitch by Bryan Morcado. It should be noted that Harris is only 9 HBPs short of the NCAA record for a season now held by Creighton's Robbie Knight who had 35 in 2007. Jason Esposito then hit an infield single. Curt Casali followed with another HBP. With the bases loaded Aaron Westlake then hit a bloop single to left that scored 2. Andrew Giobbi continued the inning with a single, setting up a Connor Harrell infield single that scored another run for Vanderbilt. After the first inning, both pitchers kept the opposing team at bay until the bottom of the third when designated hitter Cody Stubbs lined a homerun over the right field wall.
Vanderbilt then exploded for 6 runs in the fifth, knocking Morcado out of the game. Bryan Harris led off with a single and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Esposito. Casali then followed with an infield single to put runners at first and third. Aaron Westlake was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Harris then scored on a throwing error by UT catcher Blake Forsythe. Connor Harrell utilized a hot bat to single in 2 runs. A Bryan Johns double down the left field line scored two more Commodore runs. Anthony Gomez then hit an RBI single to score Johns.
The game was then pretty quiet until the eighth inning. Prior to the start of the inning, home plate umpire Ray Gregson warned both teams that any pitchers deemed to be throwing at an opposing player would be ejected. To this point in the game UT was the only offender with 4 HBPs. UT pitcher Rob Catapano proceeded to hit Connor Harrell with no action taken by the umpire. Sonny Gray then hit the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth, Zach Osborne, the number 9 hitter, with a fastball to the shoulder. Gregson immediately ejected Gray. SEC ruling is pending but an ejection may mean a 4 game suspension of Gray and a one game suspension of head coach Tim Corbin.
Vanderbilt had 15 hits while UT was held to 3. Connor Harrell led with a 3 for 4 night with 2 RBIs. Anthony Gomez, Curt Casali, Aaron Westlake, and Andrew Giobbi all had 2 hits each.
Sonny Gray did secure his second straight SEC win to move to 6-4 on the year. Bryan Morcado picks up the loss and goes to 2-5 on the year. Vanderbilt improved to 32-9 (9-7 SEC) while UT falls to 19-20 (4-12 SEC). UT looked lifeless and if they are going to prevent a sweep they will have to play at a different level than they did on Friday.
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VU-UT SATURDAY GAME POSTPONED
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--- Game two of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee baseball series scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT time start tonight has been postponed due to rain storms throughout the Southeast.
The teams will play two seven-inning games tomorrow starting at Noon CT. Sophomore right-hander Jack Armstrong (5-1, 4.21 ERA) will take the hill in the opener and junior right-hander Taylor Hill (3-3, 3.30 ERA) will take the mound in the nightcap.
Neither game will be televised. Fans can listen to the broadcast on www.vucommodores.com.