Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Baseball Notebook

Despite a rough weekend at Ole Miss, the Commodores (19-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) are not about to panic. They host Western Kentucky tonight and Austin Peay tomorrow before heading on the road to take on Mississippi State.

Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the past week. I’ll have interviews with Coach Corbin and Mike Minor up a little later.

The good

Vandy welcomed back All-American third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who had missed 23 games with a broken bone in hand. The junior had two towering homers -- both going over 400 feet – and two doubles.

Dominic de la Osa is in a groove. The senior outfielder went 10-for-23 (.435) with three doubles, a homer and four RBI on the week.

David Macias turned a solid week as well, hitting .368 with a double, homer and three RBI.

The bad

Vandy was swept by Ole Miss and went 1-4 last week, its worst stretch in almost two years, to fall into last place in the SEC East.

De la Osa and Macias were the only players to hit over .300. As a team, the Commodores hit .262 and scored 26 runs in five games.

The pitching staff didn’t fare much better as it posted a 7.93 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 17 walks in 42 innings. Meanwhile, opponents batted .326 during that stretch. The weekend rotation of Mike Minor, Caleb Cotham and Brett Jacobson combined to give up 18 runs, 15 earned, on 21 hits in 15 innings

The Vandy defense also struggled, committing 11 errors for a .939 fielding percentage.

The ugly

Although the Commodores welcomed back Alvarez, they saw second baseman Alex Feinberg go down Saturday. The senior suffered a broken jaw when a 92-mph fastball from Ole Miss ace Lance Lynn hit him below the mouth. Feinberg went back to Nashville Saturday night and had successful surgery on Sunday morning, but should be sidelined for approximately two weeks.

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