Vanderbilt Completes Sweep of No. 13 Florida with
4-1 Victory Sunday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville native Ryan Mullins (2-4)
struck out six without a walk and scattered four hits
and a run in seven innings and John Kaye provided the
game-winning RBI single in the fourth as Vanderbilt
toppled No. 13 Florida 4-1, Sunday, April 6, at Hawkins
Field. The victory completed Vanderbilt's first sweep
of a Southeastern Conference opponent since 1997 when
the Commodores took all-three games from Florida in
Vanderbilt moves to within a half game of the Gators
for the SEC Eastern Division lead with a 5-7 record
in the league. The Commodores are 16-14 overall. Florida
drops to 23-9-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the SEC.
The game was delayed 33 minutes prior to first pitch
due to rain. A second delay of 25 minutes came in the
bottom of the fourth inning.
Florida took the first lead of the game, 1-0, in the
second inning when Brian Rose led off the frame with
a home run to left center field. The solo home run was
the fifth long ball by Rose this season.
After the game's second delay, Vanderbilt rallied from
a 1-0 deficit for three runs in the fourth inning. Ryan
Klosterman led off the frame with a single to center
field. Matt Zeller sacrificed Klosterman to second base.
After Cesar Nicolas flew out to center field, Warner
Jones doubled off the glove of the diving UF second
baseman Jonathan Tucker, to bring in Klosterman and
tie the game at 1-1.
Kaye followed with a RBI single to center field off
Florida starter Christian Madson (2-1) that brought
Jones in from second base, giving the Commodores a 2-1
The lead grew to 3-1 on the following play. Jeff Boutwell
singled to center field, moving Jones toward third base.
However, UF center fielder Jake Riordan's throw to third
sailed into the Vanderbilt dugout, allowing Kaye to
The Commodores added an insurance run in the sixth
inning. Kaye drew a one-out walk and scored three batters
later on Jonathan Douillard's ground out to first base.
Commodore reliever Jensen Lewis registered his fourth
save of the season. He entered in the eighth and allowed
two walks and a hit while striking out four.
The Vanderbilt pitching staff continued to impress.
Commodore pitchers posted a 1.33 ERA in the three-game
series against the top hitting team in the conference.
They struck out 29 and walked only six in 27 innings,
while allowing 17 hits, four runs (all earned) and six
walks. Vanderbilt hits the road for four games this
The Commodores play at Evansville, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
CT before taking on nationally ranked Arkansas next
weekend in Fayetteville.