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Sowers, Klosterman Key Vanderbilt's 2-1 Win Over No. 13 Florida

NASHVILLE, 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 Hawkins Field.

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 at 1-1.

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 Klosterman.

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.

 

 







 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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