March 12, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Shortstop Brian Harris and left fielder Aaron Westlake each had three hits and four RBIs to power the Vanderbilt offensive attack as the Commodores downed visiting Ohio 14-3 Friday evening in the first of a three-game series at Hawkins Field.
Vandy improved to 12-1, while Ohio dropped to 2-9.
Commodore second baseman Bryan Johns, left fielder Jordan Wormsley, right fielder Joe Loftus and designated hitter Anthony Gomez all posted two hits. Johns had a team-high three runs scored. Third baseman Jason Esposito and Westlake recorded stolen bases.
Westlake, Loftus and center fielder Mike Yastrzemski all blasted round-trippers for the home team.
Ohio center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire went 2-3 for the Bobcats.
Commodore starter Sonny Gray went eight innings and picked up the victory, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Ohio starter Bryce Butt lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs on six hits with no strikeouts and three walks.
“We didn’t pitch very well,” said Ohio head coach Joe Carbone. “We lost some hitters and got behind in the count far too often. We swung the bats well against one of the best pitchers we’ve seen in quite some time and our defense is improving, but it wasn’t enough today.”
Ohio got all three of its runs in the second inning. Shortstop Wesley O’Neill coaxed a bases-loaded walk out of Gray to score catcher Kris McDonough who had earlier singled to third. Second baseman Zach Keen then knocked an RBI-groundout to second base, scoring designated hitter Seth Streich, who reached on a single through the right side. Third baseman Bryan Barnes knocked in the final run, scored by left fielder Adam Gecewich, with a single to right field. Gecewich walked earlier in the inning.
Vandy did its damage with five runs in the second, two in the third, five in the fifth and one each in the seventh and eighth innings.
The second game of the series is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT).