Ninth-inning rally falls just short, Vanderbilt remains winless on weekends

Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9:33pm
Staff reports

Mike Yastrzemski scored and Connor Harrell went to third on a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, but Vanderbilt’s rally fell short when the next two hitters struck out.

The result was a 7-6 loss to the University of Oregon as a Pac-12 opponent swept the Commodores for the second consecutive weekend. Vanderbilt also lost 4-2 on Friday and 7-2 on Saturday.

VU led at some point in all three games but ultimately came away from the three-game series at Hawkins Field with a 1-6 record.

Connor Castellano had an RBI double in the fourth on Sunday and scored on Tony Kemp’s single as the Commodores went ahead 4-3. Vince Conde’s RBI single in the fifth extended the lead to two.

Oregon then scored four runs in the sixth against reliever Will Clinard and held on to complete the sweep.

Castellano, a freshman, started for the first time and went 2-for-3 with two walks, one run scored and two RBIs as designated hitter. Yastrzemski also had two hits. Those were the only multi-hit performances of the weekend.

Chris Harvey’s RBI single put the Commodores up 1-0 in the bottom of the first Saturday, but a four-run fourth put Oregon ahead to stay in that one.

Anthony Gomez had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch to give Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead in the third on Friday. The Ducks answered with one run in each of the next four innings.

Gomez, who had a hit in each of the first five games of the season, was a combined 0-for-8 on Saturday and Sunday.

2 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 2/27/12 at 10:37

1.Georgia 7-0
1.Tennessee 7-0
1.Kentucky 6-0
1.South Carolina 6-0
5.Arkansas 7-1
5.Florida 7-1
7.Mississippi State 6-1
7.Mississippi 5-1
9.LSU 5-2
10.Alabama 3-3
11.Auburn 4-4
12.Vanderbilt 0-7

For reference in the 2011 season....the average #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament was 40-18. The average #2 was 37-20. Vanderbilt without facing the most difficult part of its schedule has just three fewer losses than it did all of last year going into the NCAA.

It is hard to believe but Vanderbilt is is need for some long winning streaks in order to stay above water. Can they get wining streaks with the SEC East schedule still ahead of them (and coming up fast)? I have little doubt that they are talented enough to reach the NCAA, but this has to stop soon.

Meanwhile in Knoxville...proof of what can happen when the right man is hired as a coach. Serrano may not get my boys in the NCAA but it sure looks brighter than it once was. There is a reason he has 5 College World Series appearances as a coach (asst and head). The Anteaters he coached there did not make it on tradition.

By: JeffF on 2/27/12 at 10:54

Sorry Vanderbilt is 1-6. Sorry for the miss. Still last place though.