March 13, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Vanderbilt designated hitter Connor Harrell had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Commodores to a 7-4 win over a feisty Ohio squad Saturday evening at Hawkins Field.
Vandy improved to 13-1 overall, while Ohio dropped to 2-10.
Vandy third baseman Jason Esposito had two hits and shared top team honors with left fielder Aaron Westlake with two runs scored. Ohio first baseman Jerod Yakubik had a big day, going 3-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Westlake, Esposito and right fielder Joe Loftus all had homers. Westlake stole his third base of the season in the eighth inning.
Commodores reliever Drew Hayes got the win, tossing one and two-thirds perfect innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Russell Brewer tossed a perfect ninth inning to get his second save of the season. Ohio reliever Brock Trimbur (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on no hits with no strikeouts and three walks. Bobcat starter Seth Streich had an impressive debut on the mound, tossing the game’s first five and one-third innings, yielding three runs on just four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
“Streich did a great job on the mound tonight,” said Ohio head coach Joe Carbone. “We knew he had that kind of arm and it showed today. We played well for seven innings, but our relief pitching just couldn’t close the deal. We did play decent defense and, overall, we just continue to get better.”
Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead with a run in the second inning, but Ohio came back with two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. Right fielder Robert Maddox III drove in Yakubik with an RBI single through the right side and, two batters later, left fielder Adam Gecewich lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire. Yakubik and Eldemire both singled to lead off the inning.
Yakubik came up big again in the next inning when he laced a single to Loftus, who then made an errant throw back into the infield, allowing third baseman Bryan Barnes to score the unearned run. Barnes walked just prior to Yakubik’s at bat.
The Commodores evened the game with two runs in the sixth, but Yakubik victimized Vandy reliever Richie Goodenow with a run-scoring single to center, plating shortstop Wesley O’Neill. O’Neill led off the frame with a single through the left side.
Vandy’s big inning came in the eighth when it put up four runs to put away the visiting Bobcats. Both teams left seven men on base.
The final game of the series is scheduled to begin Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT).