Vandy ties series with UF baseball
Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore right-hander Tyler Beede (6-0) threw 6.1 shutout innings as No. 2 Vanderbilt (20-4/4-1 SEC) notched a 6-1 victory over Florida (11-13/2-3 SEC) at Hawkins Field to square the teams' weekend series.
Florida at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m., AM-850/900
Junior Conrad Gregor was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and scored twice, senior Connor Harrell was 3-for-4 with two runs and senior Jack Lupo went 3-for-4 to lead the Commodores' 15-hit offensive attack. Freshman Brady Roberson delivered a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth for the Gators.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with four two-out hits. Junior Jonathon Crawford (0-4) retired the first two batters before Harrell singled into right field. Crawford was charged with a balk to move Harrell to second and Gregor opened the scoring with an RBI single through the right side of the infield. Sophomore Vince Conde (2-for-4, two runs) doubled off the wall overlooking left field to bring home Gregor and freshman Rhett Wiseman delivered a pinch-hit double into center field to score Conde for a 3-0 count. Wiseman slid past the bag at third base trying for a triple to end the inning.
The Commodores increased their lead to 4-0 in the third on Gregor's second RBI single of the contest. Harrell had punched a one-out single into right field and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Gregor sliced a 2-2 pitch from Crawford into right field to plate his teammate.
Sophomore Justin Shafer collected Florida's initial hit of the night with a base-hit into left field to start the fourth. He moved to second on a grounder by redshirt sophomore Zack Powers. Beede responded by having sophomore Taylor Gushue and senior Vickash Ramjit each fly out to left field.
The hosts threatened with two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the stanza but were held at bay by Crawford. Sophomore Connor Mitchell walked with one down in the fifth and swiped second with two down. However, Beede had Turgeon fly out to right field.
Junior Spencer Navin expanded Vanderbilt's lead to 6-0 in the home part of the frame with a two-out, two-run double to straightaway center field. The Gators loaded the bases in the eighth but were stymied, and had an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Ramjit (2-for-3) led off the ninth with a single into center field, went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a grounder by senior Cody Dent. Roberson spoiled Vanderbilt's bid for a shutout with a double down the right-field line for his first RBI in conference action. The Commodores wound up with a 15-6 advantage in hits.