Vandy Takes Two of Three from South Carolina

The Commodores claimed their first Southeastern Conference series of the season with a 10-4 over the no. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks at Hawkins Field on Sunday afternoon.

Vanderbilt got a great effort from starting pitcher Caleb Cotham (3-0) who pitched 5 2/3 innings only allowing two runs, one earned, while allowing five hits, two walks and striking out nine.

"Caleb did a nice job," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "I thought he was aggressive. He got himself out of trouble in the fourth inning (and) that was huge. He got those two strikeouts, which I thought was the turning point in the ball game."

Sean Bierman, Taylor Hill, and Brett Jacobson came in to pitch the final 3 1/3 innings to nail down the win.

The Gamecocks would get a run on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning. The Commodores would get that run back in their half of the inning on a wild pitch that scored Alex Feinberg.

The game would stay tied at one until the Commodores would break it open in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dominic de la Osa was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He would advance to third on an Andrew Giobbi single down the right field line. The next batter, Steven Liddle, would reach on a throwing error that scored de la Osa. Shea Robin would then single to right field to score Giobbi. After a Jonathan White fly out, Brian Harris would single to score Robin and Liddle to give the Commodores a 5-1 lead.

The Commodores would add another run in the fifth inning on Ryan Flaherty single that scored Alex Feinberg. They would also put up four more runs in the seventh inning on just two hits to put the game out of reach.

The Commodores will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on the Lipscomb Bisons at Hawkins Field at 6 p.m. They will travel to Tuscaloosa next weekend for a three game series against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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