Vanderbilt Wins Fourth Straight SEC Game; Moves
into Tie for First Place in Eastern Division with 6-4
win over No. 25 Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Vanderbilt Commodores won
their fourth straight league game and moved into a tie
for first place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern
Division, topping Arkansas, 6-4 Friday, April 11 at
Vanderbilt, who swept then-No. 13 Florida last weekend
in Nashville, moved into a tie in the division with
South Carolina who defeated Florida, 9-4 Friday in Gainesville.
The victory marks the first time since 1997 that a Commodore
squad has won four consecutive league games. That year
Vanderbilt won five-straight SEC games.
The Commodores (17-15, 6-7 SEC) rallied from a 4-3
deficit with three runs in the eighth inning. John Kaye
singled in Cesar Nicolas to tie the game at 4-4. Tony
Mansolino followed two batters later with the game-winning
hit off Arkansas (25-7, 7-6 SEC) reliever Caton Hall
(1-1), a two-RBI double down the third-base line to
score Kaye and Ryan Godfrey, who reached base on a walk.
VU starter Jeremy Sowers (2-4) picked up his second
win in a row. He carried a no hitter into the bottom
of the seventh with Vanderbilt leading 3-1. Arkansas'
Brett Hagedorn led off the frame with a sharp single
to right field to break up the not hitter. After Haas
Pratt reached base on a fielder's choice put out of
Hagedorn at second base, Andrew Wishy tied the game
at 3-3 with his fifth home run of the year to right
field. After Clay Goodwin drew a walk, Judd Kindle singled
him home three batters later to give Arkansas a 4-3
Sowers completed eight innings of action, retiring
12 in a row at one point. He scattered five hits, four
runs (three earned) and three walks to go along with
four strikeouts. Vanderbilt reliever Jensen Lewis pitched
the ninth, walking two and striking out one to register
his team-best fifth save of the year.
Eight of Vanderbilt's nine starters recorded hits in
the game, including two apiece from Nicolas and Matt
Zeller. Nicolas had two RBI.
Arkansas took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Andrew Wishy led off the frame with a walk. He went
all the way to third base when Clay Goodwin hit a fielder's
choice to VU first baseman Nicoals. However, Nicolas
threw the ball off Wishy's helmet into left field. Ryan
Fox then brought Wishy in on a sacrifice fly to right
The Commodores took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on Nicolas'
two-RBI single to left field that plated Ryan Klosterman
and Zeller. Vanderbilt built its lead to 3-1 in the
seventh when Jonathan Douillard singled in Godfrey from
The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will
be telecast live on SEC-TV (FoxSports Net). The series
finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.