From Vanderbilt Athletics
Four-run eighth sinks Vandy in SEC opener
Nashville, Tenn. – No. 8 LSU rallied for four runs in the eighth inning with two outs to top No. 7 Vanderbilt 4-2 on Friday night at Hawkins Field in the teams’ Southeastern Conference opener.
Tyler Beede – Photo by Mike Strasinger
The Commodores (16-3, 0-1) took a 1-0 lead into the top of the eighth inning with starter Tyler Beede still on the mound. The right-hander opened the frame with a strikeout of Cade Scivicque. Christian Ibarra reached on the Tigers’ (17-2, 1-0) third single of the night before Beede issued his first walk of the game. The walk ended Beede’s night and put LSU’s first runner in scoring position. Brian Miller took over for Beede and immediately forced a fly out to left field four the second out of the inning. The Dores’ defense, however, faltered when Miller seemingly ended the inning with a chopper to third base but Xavier Turner’s throw sailed wide of the Zander Wiel at first to load the bases for LSU. Leadoff hitter Andrew Stevenson then came up with the big hit with a single up the middle to score two runs and give the Tigers their first lead of the game. LSU added two more runs on an error by Dansby Swanson to push the lead to 4-1. Continue Reading
From Vanderbilt Athletics
Dores set to open season in top 10 for second straight year
Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt is set to open the 2014 season ranked ninth in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.
Collegiate Baseball released its Top 40 poll Friday with the Commodores starting 2014 where they ended 2013 as the No. 9 team in the nation after going 54-12 and winning the team’s second Southeastern Conference championship in the last three years. Vanderbilt is one of three SEC teams in the Top 10 and one of eight in the poll. Cal State Fullerton is the top-ranked team followed by Mississippi State, LSU, Oregon State and Florida State. No. 14 South Carolina, No. 16Florida, No. 25 Texas A&M, No. 29 Alabama and No. 30 Ole Miss are the other SEC teams in the preseason poll. The Dores are set to play eight teams in the preseason poll beginning with No. 26 Stanford. Other ranked nonconference foes include No. 8 Louisville and No. 36 Tennessee Tech.
The Commodores return 20 lettermen from last season’s SEC champion squad with the team’s pitching staff nearly intact. Juniors Tyler Beede and Brian Miller were named preseason All-Americans earlier in the week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Both Beede and Miller are coming off record-breaking, All-American sophomore seasons. Freshman All-American Carson Fulmer, senior lefty Steven Rice, junior Jared Miller and sophomores Walker Buehler and Tyler Ferguson all bring a wealth of experience back to the VU pitching staff in 2014. Continue Reading
Nashville, Tenn. – No. 3 Vanderbilt scored five runs in the eighth inning to put away Tennessee with an 8-3 win and clinch the series at a rain-soaked Hawkins Field Saturday night.