Monday, May 9, 2011

Thank You, Ole Miss...

...for handing South Carolina its first series loss of the season.  Combine that with a three-run 9th-inning rally by the Commodores, and Vanderbilt (40-6, 19-5) takes over sole possession of first place in the SEC standings.

The Rebels, who lost the first game of the series, stunned the Gamecocks in Oxford with a 7-6 victory that ended on a sac fly in the 9th inning.  The win was good enough to unseat the Cocks (37-10, 18-6) from their perch atop the conference.

Meanwhile in Lexington, Jason Esposito broke open a 3-3 tie with Kentucky in the 9th inning with an RBI single that extended his hitting streak to 27 games.  On Friday, the Wildcats had pulled off a surprising 2-0 shutout over the Dores on the back of lights-out pitching from Alex Meyer.  Vandy bounced back on Saturday to even the series with a 10-3 victory that gave Grayson Garvin his 10th win of the season.

Then, yesterday afternoon, with two outs in the top of the 9th inning, Anthony Gomez and Aaron Westlake hit clutch singles that sparked a three-run rally.  Jason Esposito came to the plate with runners on the corners and knocked in a run, only to be followed by two-out singles from Mike Yastrzemski and Curt Casali that put the Commodores ahead for good.  The 6-3 win moved Vanderbilt into first place in the East, and the Dores become just the second team in the country (following UVA, who was off this weekend) to reach the 40-win mark on the season.

Stay tuned to find out how the weekend action affected the national rankings.

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