Baseball: Vandy blasts Lipscomb, 16-3

(VU/Neil Brake)

NASHVILLE ­­-- Pedro Alvarez continued his torrid offensive streak with two homers and five RBI to lead Vanderbilt to a 16-3 win over Lipscomb Wednesday afternoon at Dugan Field.

The Commodores improved to 23-11 on the year, while Lipscomb fell to 15-17 overall.

"I thought we came out a little bit flat, but after the second inning I thought we hit well," said head coach Tim Corbin. "Several guys had big days at the plate and we did well in situational hitting. I told the team we haven't been able to put up runs like this in a game in my four years here and that is encouraging for a young team."

The Commodores opened the scoring with a three-run second inning and the Bisons responded with two runs in their half, coming off a homer by Ryan Mitchell.

Robin had a RBI triple in Vanderbilt's two run third, then added a two-run double in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-2.

Pedro Alvarez led off the sixth with a solo homer over the 400-foot mark in centerfield. The homer opened the floodgates as the Commodores plated nine runs in the frame to extend the lead to 16-2. He capped off the scoring barrage with a three-run homer to left-center, tying an NCAA record for homers in an inning. The New York native recorded his second straight two-homer game and has hit eight of his 11 total homers in the last eight games.

Several Vandy players had multi-hit games, led by Ryan Flaherty's 4-for-4 day. Shea Robin had three hits and four RBI and was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Alvarez and Feinberg rounded out the multi-hit contingent with two hits apiece.

Freshman hurler Brett Jacobson moved to 2-0 on the year after allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings of work with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Commodores will be back in SEC action at home this weekend as Georgia comes to town for a three-game set. The teams will open up on Friday at 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Vanderbilt   032 209 000-  16(16)1
Lipscomb     020 001 000-  351

Jacobson, Betourne (6), Weathers (7), Shao (9) and Robin, Hawkins. Ganick, Carroll (3), Smith (6), Schnelly (7), Baron (8) and Joseph. W- Jacobson 2-0, L- Ganick 0-3. SV- None. HR- VU: Alvarez 2 (11) LU: Mitchell (4).

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