The Commodores had a season high 18 hits and improved to 19-9 overall and 7-2 in SEC play, while the Gators fell to 19-13 on the year and 3-6 in conference action. It was Vanderbilt’s first series win over Florida since the 2003 season and the first in Gainesville since 1996.
It is the most runs the team has scored against Florida in school history, besting the previous mark of 15 set in 1993 and 1994. It is also the worst home loss for the Gators since the 1990 campaign.
“It was a good win for us today,” said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. “We were able to jump on them early and it is great anytime you can take a conference series on the road against a team like Florida.”
The offensive explosion was countered with another solid start by Cody Crowell. The sophomore lefthander improved to 4-0 on the year after giving up two runs, one earned in seven innings of work. He struck out a career high nine batters with just one walk while scattering eight hits through the outing.
Dominic de la Osa’s two-run homer in the first, his third of the year, staked the Commodores to an early 2-0 lead. Matt Meingasner’s RBI single in the second moved the advantage to 3-0.
Alex Feinberg’s infield RBI single in the third made it 4-0.
Vanderbilt then put the game away with a five-run fourth. The big hits in the frame were RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Flaherty and a RBI double by Feinberg.
The Commodores sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth and added seven runs to extend the lead to 16-0. Brian Hernandez started the scoring with an infield RBI single then Shea Robin added a two-run single to put the lead up to 12-0. Feinberg added a two-run double, Matt Meingasner a RBI double and Parker Hanks a RBI single to close out the seven-run outburst.
Florida plated two runs in the sixth to avoid the shutout.
Pedro Alvarez led the Commodores with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with four runs scored. Alex Feinberg was 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Matt Meingasner also had three hits on the afternoon.
“I am seeing the ball pretty well,” said Alvarez. “We came into the game fired up, knowing we had to win to take the series. The hitting was like a chemical reaction, once one guy hit, the rest followed.”
The Commodores close out their five-game road swing against Austin Peay on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. They will then return home to host Arkansas next weekend at Hawkins Field.
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Crowell, Rhoden (8) and Robin, Hawkins. Hurst, Edmondson (3), Gale (4), Keating (5), Branham (6), Gawriluk (7), O’Day (9) and Jeroloman, Quatrino. W- Crowell 4-0, L- Hurst 1-1. SV-None. HR- VU: de la Osa (3)