Vandy notebook: Another shutout for ‘Dores

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 3:37am
Staff Reports

Four pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout as Vanderbilt defeated Morehead State 8-0 on Wednesday at Hawkins Field.

Starter Drew Hayes allowed three hits and two walks in five innings, Nick Christiani gave up two hits and two innings, and Chase Reid and Russell Brewer each pitched one perfect inning. All five of Morehead’s hits were singles.

Hayes also struck out six. The other three combined for another six strikeouts.

It was VU’s third shutout in its last 13 games.

Catcher Drew Fann was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs for the Commodores (23-13). His double was the only extra-base hit of the contest.

Designated hitter Aaron Westlake was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Third baseman Jason Esposito and second baseman Riley Reynolds each stole two bases.

Vanderbilt will face Alabama in a weekend series at Hawkins Field. Game times will be 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

ONE MORE SIGNEE: Vanderbilt’s football team announced another 2009 signee.

Wide receiver/returner Collin Ashley, of Flower Mound (Tx.) High School became the 19th player to sign with Vanderbilt since the end of the season. He was a three-year starter and two-time All-State selection in Class 5A.

He is expected to provide depth at wide receiver in the fall.

“We knew about Collin through the recruiting process, and knew what kind of talent and character he possessed,” coach Bobby Johnson said. “When we realized our need at receiver during spring practice, we immediately looked to sign Collin.”

MORE SIGNINGS: After a fifth-place finish in the 2009 national championship tournament, the VU bowling team signed its largest recruiting class ever (five players) on Tuesday.

One of the five is Jessica Earnest, the younger sister of current Commodores’ All-American Josie Earnest.

BIG WIN: Vanderbilt’s lacrosse team defeated Notre Dame 18-11 on Wednesday in a match-up of nationally ranked teams.

The No. 12 Commodores got a game-high six goals from junior Sarah Downing. Vanderbilt built a 10-3 halftime lead and withstood a rally from ninth-ranked Notre Dame, which closed to within 11-7 with four unanswered goals in the second half.