Monday, February 12, 2007

Commies Sweep Houston Classic: Beat Three Ranked Teams

Vanderbilt v. Rice

Vanderbilt got an immediate gauge of how good they will be this season with an early test against Rice, the number one team in the nation. The skeptics have been quieted: Vanderbilt Baseball is for real. Vanderbilt scored seven runs in the final four innings to rally from a 2-0 deficit and defeat No. 1 Rice 7-3 in the season opener.

Rice jumped out to a 3-1 lead by the fifth inning; however, Vanderbilt answered back in the bottom of the seventh with four runs to take the lead 5-3. The rally started with a double from Brad French that was followed by a walk to Ryan Davis and David Macias taking one for the team which left the bases loaded for Alex Feinberg. Feignberg singled to score 2 and was followed a missile off the bat of Pedro Alvarez that scored the other 2 of the inning. The remaining of the game’s scoring came from two solo home runs from Shea Robin and Matt Meingasner.

Price struck out six, gave up three runs and three walks in 5.2 innings of work in a no decision. Tyler Rhoden got the win giving up two hits and striking out one in an inning of work. Casey Weathers pitched a hitless ninth to close out the game after Stephen Shao pitched scoreless relief.

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Rice 020 001 000 - 3 9 2

Vanderbilt v. Arizona State

Vanderbilt won their second game in the Houston Classic with some extra inning heroics when Jonathan White, a pitch runner, scored on a wild pitch, ending a game that lasted four hours and nine minutes.

Matt Meingasner lined a triple into left-center field with one out in top of the 10th inning. Meingasner was then pulled for a pinch runner and Brad French was walked to set up the possible double play. ASU’s pitcher, Ike Davis then threw the intentional walk pitch right of the catcher for the wild pitch that Jonathan White scored on. I’m trying to be objective here, but come on. You’re playing catch. Hit the catcher in the chest.

The Commies were down most of the game, until David Macias started a one out rally with a double to left and later scored on Alex Feinberg’s RBI single. Pedro Alvarez then roped a solo homer that clanged off the right foul poll.

ASU tagged VU pitcher Nick Christiani for three runs in the first inning. The Commies finally got on the board in the third with two runs. The first run, was scored off a wild pitch by ASU pitcher Joey Parigi. Ryan Flaherty hit a sac fly to account for the second run.

Vandy scored again in the bottom of the fifth when David Macias walked, stole second and scored on a RBI single by Alex Feinberg.

Cody Crowell came on in relief in the fourth with the bases loaded and two outs in the frame and got slugger Ike Davis to ground out weakly to him to end the threat. The junior southpaw gave up two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings with three strikeouts and a walk.

The top three of the Vanderbilt lineup combined to go 8-for-13 with five RBI and four runs scored. Alex Feinberg and Pedro Alvarez led the Commodores with three hits each, while David Macias added two of his own.

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Vanderbilt 002 010 300 1 - 7 9 0

Vanderbilt v. Baylor

The Commies broke open a game that was knotted at three all with four runs in the fifth to beat Baylor 7-4 and ended up sweeping play Houston College Classic Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The scoring began when David Macias was hit by Baylor starter Jeff Mandel. Pedro Alvarez followed with a double down the left field line to have runners at second and third. After a walk Ryan Flaherty to load the bases, Dominic de la Osa delivered a two-run single to give the commies a 5-3 lead. Shea Robin followed with a RBI single and Jonathan White added a RBI groundout to close out the scoring.

Brett Jacobson had a solid outing on the mound giving up four runs in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out six, didn’t give up a walk, and allowed four hits. Mike Minor made his Vanderbilt debut and pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball.

The Commies defeated ranked opponents in each of their three games (Rice #1, ASU #16, and Baylor #24) and return to Nashville with a confident 3-0 start. Things should only improve for the Commies who play 18 of their next 20 at home begining when Ohio comes to town Friday, February 16th.

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Baylor 010 201 000 - 4 4 1

1 comment:

Seamus O'Toole said...

This incredible start to the season should be enough to make us all forget about what happened in Knoxville on Saturday. Currently checking on flights to Omaha...