Gomez gets on constantly as Vanderbilt baseball gets first win

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:29pm
Staff reports

Shortstop Anthony Gomez had three hits (all singles) and two walks in five plate appearances as Vanderbilt’s baseball team won its home-opener 11-4 over Oakland (Mich.) on Wednesday.

The victory was the Commodores’ first of the season. They opened with three straight defeats last weekend at Stanford.

The game was delayed twice by weather for a total of nearly 90 minutes.

Gomez drove in two runs with his second hit, which was part of a five-run third inning that put Vanderbilt ahead to stay. He led off the fifth with a single, and — despite the fact that he got picked off — started a four-run inning.

He walked in his final two trips to the plate, which gave him three for the season. He had nine walks in all of 2011. He scored once and drove in the two runs.

Right fielder Mike Yastrzemski and designated hitter Chris Harvey added two hits each. Yastrzemski capped the scoring in the third with a three-run home run. Harvey had an RBI double in the fifth.

Vanderbilt used five different pitchers, beginning with starter Drew VerHagen who allowed one run on three hits in three innings. The junior transfer from Navarro Junior College earned the win.

Freshman Brian Miller, the third VU pitcher, struck out five and did not allow a base runner in two innings.

The Commodores host Oregon in a three-game series that begins Friday at Hawkins Field.