Baseball: Vanderbilt 17 Xavier 3

The Vanderbilt Commodores (5-2) ended the Music City Classic with a bang on Sunday afternoon with a 17-3 thrashing of Xavier at Hawkins Field. The Commodore offense pounded out a season high 21 hits.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first inning for the Commodores. First baseman Andrew Giobbi drove home the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly that scored shortstop Ryan Flaherty. True freshman catcher Curt Casali drove home Dominic de la Osa for the Commodores second run of the game. Casali had a huge day in his first start of his Commodore career going 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs.

"I am just glad I got the opportunity to play and hopefully today people saw what I can do," said Casali.

The Commodores biggest damage was done in the bottom of the fourth inning when they sent 13 hitters to the plate and got 8 runs on 8 hits. They would also add 2 runs in the fifth, 1 run in the sixth and 1 run in the seventh.

Vanderbilt starting pitcher Nick Christiani almost went the distance going 8 1/3 innings in his best start of the season. He allowed 2 earned runs, 3 total runs, on 7 hits. He only walked one hitter while striking out 12. Mike Lamm came in to finish up the game striking out one of the two batters he faced.

It was a different story for Xavier starting pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. He pitched 3 innings and gave up 7 runs on 10 hits.

The Commodores got multi-hit games from five players including center fielder David Macias (3), Flaherty (2), designated hitter Jonathan White (2), Casali (3), and second baseman Brian Harris (3).

The Commodores had three players named to the Music City Classic all tournament team including third baseman Alex Feinberg, catcher Shea Robin, and pitcher Mike Minor.

The Commodores will return to action on Tuesday at Hawkins Field against Louisville at 4 p.m. That game was originally scheduled for March 18th but was moved to Tuesday.