Sowers, Klosterman Key Vanderbilt's 2-1 Win
Over No. 13 Florida
Tenn. - Jeremy Sowers gave up five hits and struck out
11 batters and Ryan Klosterman went 3-for-5 with the
game-winning seventh-inning solo home run to lift Vanderbilt
to a 2-1 win over No. 13 Florida, Friday, April 4 at
The win snapped the Commodores' six-game losing streak
and pushed their record to 14-14 overall and 3-7 in
the Southeastern Conference. Florida's setback ended
its six-game win streak and dropped its record to 23-7-1
overall and 5-4-1 in league play.
Sowers (1-4), who entered the game tied for first the
SEC with 59 strikeotus, earned his first win of the
season in his eighth start. The sophomore left-hander
scattered five hits, one run (earned) and one walk while
striking out 11 Gator batters. It marked the third time
this year that Sowers has struck out 10 or more batters
in a game.
The lone run allowed by Sowers was a sixth-inning solo
home run off the bat off UF first baseman C.J. Smith.
His team-best 10th home run of the year tied the game
Vanderbilt shortstop Ryan Klosterman provided the game-winning
run in the seventh inning when he smashed a solo home
run to left field. Klosterman's second long ball of
the year came off of Florida reliver Connor Falkenbach
(4-2) who suffered the loss.
Vanderbilt reliever Jensen Lewis pitched two innings
without allowing a hit. He gave up a walk while striking
out one to earn his team-best third save of the season.
The Commodores scored the game's first run in the third
inning when Matt Zeller singled to center field to score
Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 4
p.m. CT. Vanderbilt junior right-hander Robert Ransom
(2-0, 3.05 ERA) will face Florida sophomore right-hander
Justin Hoyman (5-1, 2.29 ERA). The series finale is
Sunday at 1 p.m.