VU Baseball Clinches Series Win 9-3 Over UIC

The Vanderbilt Commodores (8-3) clinched a series win against the University of Illinois-Chicago (3-6) on Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 win at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores offense pounded 16 hits led by Ryan Flaherty who was 3-4 with 3 RBIs.

Vanderbilt starter Nick Christiani pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits and struck out 2 in a no decision. Reliever Steven Schwartz (1-0) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings for his first win as a Vanderbilt Commodore. He struck out 3. "It was exciting to get back out there," said Schwartz who last pitched against Arizona State. "This was my first time to pitch at Hawkins Field in a live game and it felt good to do well today. My goal coming in was to throw strikes and get out of the fifth and get back into the dugout." Drew Hayes finished off the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Flames got on the board in the top of the first inning. Steve McGuiggan led off the game by getting hit by a pitch but was then picked off at first. The run came when Jake Carr doubled to left field to score Andy Leonard who had reached on an error.

The Commodores got their first run in the bottom of the third when David Macias led off the inning by beating out a bunt single. Alex Feinberg then doubled to left field to advance Macias to third. Macias would score on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Flaherty.

The Commodores would add 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings with RBIs from Brian Harris (2), Feinberg and Flaherty (2), and Shea Robin.

The Flames would cut the Commodore lead to 7-3 with a 2 run fifth inning, but the Commodores would answer with a run in the sixth inning and a run in the seventh inning.

The Commodores have another week of home games in the coming week with a two game set against Western Carolina before South Carolina comes to Hawkins Field on Friday night for a weekend series to open Southeastern Conference play. The first Western Carolina game is on Tuesday at 4 p.m.