Commodores clinch series over Georgia
NASHVILLE, TN – Carson Fulmer pitched seven shutout innings to lead 25th-ranked Vanderbilt to an 11-0 series-clinching victory over Georgia Saturday at Hawkins Field.
Vanderbilt (32-12, 10-10 SEC) took a 1-0 lead with production from the bottom of the order in the third inning. After retiring the first six hitters of the contest, freshman Robert Tyler got ahead of right fielder John Norwood 0-2 , and the Commodore worked a leadoff walk. He stole second base and then with one out, he scored on an RBI-single by catcher Jason Delay. In the fourth, the Commodores extended their lead to 3-0 with one run scoring when Tyler was called for a balk, his first of the year. In the sixth, Vanderbilt sent nine to the plate, scoring four runs on two hits and two Bulldog miscues to build a 7-0 advantage.
Tyler was lifted with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth for senior Dylan Cole. Tyler dropped to 4-4 after allowing seven runs, only four earned, on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Vanderbilt added four runs in the eighth off Cole to make it 11-0. Third baseman Xavier Turner provided the big blast, a three-run home run to cap the late outburst. Georgia has lost seven straight to fall to 21-21-1 overall and 7-12-1 in the SEC.
Fulmer (2-1) blanked the Bulldogs on two hits with three walks and eight strikeouts through the first seven innings. He allowed a single to freshman Stephen Wrenn to start the game, and sophomore Sean McLaughlin notched a leadoff single in the second. Freshman Hayden Stone took care of the eighth for Vanderbilt and allowed a one-out single to freshman Skyler Weber. Left-hander Ben Bowden pitched the ninth for Vanderbilt and junior Hunter Cole got Georgia’s fourth and final hit of the day.
“We’ve seen our team play well and right now we’re not and that’s frustrating,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We didn’t score any runs, and if you don’t score, you can’t win. Our players are feeling this thing, and I want them to be on the other side of this. The error bug got us again today, and it was on routine plays we’ve made all year. At one point today, they had seven runs on four hits. We’ve got to keep fighting and see what happens tomorrow.”
The final game of the series will begin Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT.