Baseball: Commodores Drop Game 2 16-7

The Commodores dropped game two to the South Carolina Gamecocks 16-7 on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field. The Commodores were never really in the game that was delayed by more than two hours because of rain.

The Gamecocks came out of the gate on fire getting five runs in the top of the first. "They hit the ball hard all day and set the tone early," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "When they get on a roll, they are tough to stop."

The Commodores would threaten in the bottom of the first when they loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately the Commodores were only able to get one run on an RBI groundout by Andrew Giobbi. There was some controversy on the play because the Commodores were originally awarded two runs, but it was later ruled that the final out of the inning was recorded before Alex Feinberg was able to cross the plate.

The Gamecocks would pretty much put the game away when they scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third inning to push their lead to 10-1. They would add to their lead by getting three runs in top of the fourth inning and three more runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Gamecocks' starting pitcher Will Atwood pitched 6 2/3 innings for first win of the season. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 7.

Nick Christiani got the start for the Commodores and had a rough afternoon. He was only able to pitch 2 1/3 innings. He gave up 9 runs, 5 earned, on 9 hits with 0 walks and 0 strikeouts. Steven Schwartz relieved Christiani but did not do fare any better. He gave up 7 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. The only Commodore pitcher to have any success on the day was Drew Hayes who pitched 2 scoreless innings.

"You got to put this one behind you," added Corbin. "If you think about this loss tomorrow you will get beat the same way. Everything changes tomorrow, you see it in this league all the time things can change quickly."

The Commodores will try to get the series win in the rubber game tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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