Commodores Slam Gators in Conference Tourney Opener
Vanderbilt hit 14 singles and ground out a 7-3 victory over Florida Wednesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament. The victory snaps the Commodores' five-game losing streak, which was their longest in SEC play since 2003. Vanderbilt (38-18) had closed the regular season by being swept in a three-game series against the Gators (34-21).
Vanderbilt put at least one man on base in each of the first six innings in building a 6-1 lead off Florida starter Patrick Keating (8-1). The Commodores took the lead for good with three runs in the second inning. Their scoring was the result of three singles, a sacrifice bunt, a fielder's choice and a Florida error. The small ball continued in the fourth inning, as Vanderbilt parlayed two singles, a walk and a double-play into another run and a 5-1 lead.
Florida was led offensively by Brandon McArthur, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Florida will next take on South Carolina at 11 a.m. EST Thursday in a tournament elimination game which can be seen LIVE on Gainesville's CW.
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