Four-Run Eighth Pushes Vanderbilt Past Kentucky
7-5 in Series Opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Vanderbilt scored four times in the
eighth capped off by a two-run home run by John Kaye
as the Commodores outlasted Kentucky 7-5, Friday, May
9 in the series opener at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Commodores (24-23, 11-14 Southeastern Conference)
recorded their second-highest hit total of the year
by pounding out 17 hits thanks in part to a three-hit
performance from Warner Jones, Jonathan Douillard and
Zach Simpson. VU registered 22 hits in a 19-2 win against
Central Michigan (3/5).
Kentucky lost its fourth consecutive league game to
slip to 20-29, 6-19 SEC.
Despite two separate rain delays of 49 and 38 minutes
respectively, Commodore starter Jeremy Sowers (6-4)
pitched eight innings to win his sixth consecutive decision.
Sowers allowed six hits, two runs (both earned) on a
pair of solo home runs, while walking two and striking
Kentucky reliever Jeff Archer (0-2) took the loss,
allowing five hits and four runs (all earned) with one
Matt Buschmann posted his fifth save this season for
Vanderbilt, relieving Jensen Lewis who started the ninth.
Lewis gave up a solo home run to Mike Breyman and a
double to Caleb Stewart before he was pulled. Buschmann
entered and, after allowing a single Caleb Brock, coaxed
Brad Pickrell to hit into a double play that scored
Stewart. Two batters later, UK pinch hitter Casey Gilvin
grounded out to Cesar Nicolas at first base to end the
Vanderbilt broke open a 3-3 tie with its four-run eighth
frame. Douillard started the run with a one-out single
through the middle of the infield. Matt Zeller took
first base on a bunt base hit along the third-base line.
Simpson followed with a run scoring double down the
third-base line to bring in Douillard to give VU a 4-3
lead. Ryan Klosterman followed with a sacrifice fly
that scored Zeller from third base. Kaye made the score
7-3 when hit a towering two-run shot over the scoreboard
in right field. It was Kaye's third home run of the
The Commodores scored a run in the sixth and seventh
innings to pull even from a 3-1 deficit. Zeller doubled
to right field to plate Worth Scott in the sixth. Nicolas
hit a solo home run to left field in the seventh, his
seventh long ball of the season.
Kentucky grabbed a 3-1 lead, scoring twice in the fifth
inning. Pickrell led off the inning with a solo home
run to left field. It was his fifth long ball of the
year. Joe Naill scored three batters later on a run
scoring single by Spencer Graeter.
Vanderbilt scored the game's first run of the game
when Simpson singled right field to bring in Douillard
from second base. Stewart's second-inning leadoff home
run to left field tied the score at 1-1. It was Stewart's
fourth home run of the year.
The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. It concludes
Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.