Vanderbilt Baseball Drops Season Opener to Old Dominion,
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Old Dominion starter Justin Verlander
(1-0) pitched a complete game six-hitter and struck
out 12 while Pedro Pena hit a RBI double and later scored
on a suicide squeeze as the Monarchs topped Vanderbilt
2-0 Friday, Feb. 14, at Riley Park.
The Commodores (0-1) out hit Old Dominion 6-5, but
could not manage back-to-back hits until the bottom
of the ninth inning. With one out, first baseman Ryan
Godfrey and pinch hitter Cesar Nicolas legged out consecutive
infield hits. However, Verlander struck out shortstop
Tony Mansolino and right fielder Worth Scott to end
Commodore starter Jeremy Sowers (0-1) allowed only
three hits in seven innings of work but took the loss.
He walked three and struck out eight.
Sowers faced one over the minimum through four innings
before Brandon Le Noir led off the fifth with a walk.
Pena followed with his run-scoring double and went to
third on the throw home. Jesse Schoendist gave Old Dominion
(1-0) its second run two batters later when he executed
a suicide squeeze.
Godfrey was Vanderbilt's only batter to manage multiple
hits off Verlander. Other Commodore hits came from shortstop
Ryan Klosterman, who tripled to left center field in
the third inning, and center fielder Matt Zeller, who
doubled down the third-base line in the sixth.
No Monarch recorded more than one hit off Commodore
Jeff Sues pitched the eighth and ninth innings in relief
for Vanderbilt, allowing two hits while striking out
Vanderbilt plays The Citadel Saturday at 5 p.m. ET
in the second game of the three-day ESPN Radio Shootout.
The Commodores conclude the weekend matching up against
James Madison Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.