Monday, March 24, 2008

Baseball Notebook

After losing its first Southeastern Conference series in a year, the Vanderbilt baseball team (14-6, 3-3 SEC) looks to get back on track this week as it hosts five games in six days.

The No. 9 Commodores dropped two of three at Alabama and lost back-to-back games for just the second time over the last two seasons.They hit just .202 with 26 strikeouts and only seven walks against the Tide, and batted .244 on the week with four homers, five doubles and 24 runs scored in four games.

One of the lone bright spots was senior outfielder David Macias, who hit three homers and is currently riding a 18-game hitting streak. Shortstop Ryan Flaherty went 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, homer and three RBI.

On the mound, sophomore Mike Minor (3-1) continued to dominate, giving up one unearned run on eight hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters in nine innings to lead Vanderbilt to a 2-1 victory over Alabama Friday night. Minor leads the SEC in innings pitched (39.1) and complete games (2) while also sporting a 1.60 ERA.

Chase Reid pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless relief and has not given up an earned run in 13.0 innings this season.

What 2 Watch 4

3/25 Belmont 6 p.m. Hawkins Field
3/26 MTSU 6 p.m. Hawkins Field
3/28 Arkansas 6 p.m. Hawkins Field
3/29 Arkansas 3 p.m. Hawkins Field
3/30 Arkansas 1 p.m. Hawkins Field

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