Commodores Win 2 in a Rain Shortened Weekend

Brett Jacobson (VM/Don Yates)

The Vanderbilt Commodores (18-6, 5-3) baseball team completed a two game sweep of the Arkansas Razorbacks on a crazy weekend in Nashville at Hawkins Field. "There was no rhythm to the weekend whatsoever," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "I've never had a weekend like this."

The original schedule called for the Commodores and Razorbacks to play one game on Friday, one game on Saturday and one game on Sunday. After the Friday night game was rained out, they changed the schedule to one nine inning game on Saturday and two seven inning games on Sunday.

The Saturday game started at 3 p.m. as scheduled, but was delayed for four hours and forty nine minutes because of rain after four innings. The game started again at 9:45 p.m., but was suspended at 12:02 with the game tied at five after eleven innings of play because of the curfew rule.

The Commodores finished off the Razorbacks quickly when the game resumed on Sunday afternoon. Taylor Hill struck out the side in the top of the 12th inning, and the Commodores won the game in the bottom of the 12th when a Parker Hanks single scored Brian Harris.

The Commodores secured the series sweep with a 6-2 win on Sunday. They did their most damage in the top of the second inning when they scored four runs on three hits and three walks. Caleb Cotham (4-1) was the winning pitcher in that game, going three innings and giving up two runs on five hits, two walks while striking out six. The Commodores used five pitchers who gave up just seven hits on the way to their fifth Southeastern Conference win of the season.

Since teams are placed and seeded in the Southeastern Conference by winning percentage and not overall record, these two teams will not make up the missed game unless it determines a spot in the tournament.

Vanderbilt will return to action on Tuesday at home against Southeast Missouri State and then travel to MTSU on Wednesday. The Commodores will travel to Oxford, Mississippi this weekend to take on the Rebels of Ole Miss.

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