The night the lights went out in Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN – Fueled by four miscues by Georgia, 25th-ranked Vanderbilt holds a 10-0 lead in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series at Hawkins Field. Play was stopped going to the bottom of the fifth inning Friday when the outfield lights went out.
Ultimately, the game was halted when after more than 90 minutes, it was determined the issue would not be resolved until close to midnight. Game one of the series will resume at 1 p.m. ET and be nine innings. The second game of the series, also nine innings, will begin at 4:05 ET and be televised by CSS.
In the second inning Friday, Vanderbilt erupted for seven runs on five hits, and the Commodores were aided by three Bulldog errors. Commodore ace Tyler Beede pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts. After the top of the fifth, all three banks of lights in the outfield went out. After about an hour, one bank of lights in right field returned but the other two remained dark, and the decision was made to halt play.
Bulldog sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor was lifted in the second inning with only two of the seven runs he surrendered being earned. In the fourth, the Commodores added three runs on four hits off David Gonzalez and only one of those was earned. The Bulldogs made their fourth error of the contest in that frame. Vince Conde had a two-run single and Jason Delay notched an RBI-double to account for the key hits that extended the Commodores lead to 10-0.
Georgia junior shortstop Nelson Ward extended his hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff single in the second. The Bulldogs put runners at the corners with two outs in that inning, and freshman right fielder Skyler Weber worked the count full before Beede struck him out.