OUCH! Western Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 2

(VM/Don Yates)

It is probably safe to say that Coach Corbin is sleeping in the office tonight, as he is too disturbed to go home after witnessing his No. 18 Vanderbilt Commodores getting beaten badly by a pesky Western Kentucky team. Vanderbilt never led in the game and gave up eight unearned runs. In a word, it was ugly.

Chase Reid started for the Commodores with an ERA of 0.61 but went only 3.2 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, but 8 total runs. Reid gets his first loss of the year in walking 3 and getting 3 strikeouts. Navery Moore followed for 2.1 innings, allowing 3 runs with only 1 earned, with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Sam Selman then closed the last 3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits, but striking out 4 and allowing 4 walks.

The Vanderbilt bats were not much better than the pitching. WKU's starting pitcher, Brian Edelen threw 6 scoreless innings, giving up only 3 hits, with 3 strikeouts, and 3 walks to get the win (2-0). Vanderbilt finally scored their first run in the eighth and added one more in the ninth but this game was already out of reach. Brian Johns committed 3 costly errors at second base. WKU had 16 hits with 2 grand slam homeruns( Kes Carter and Matt Rice) in the game. In comparison, Vanderbilt had 9 hits stranding 11 runners.

This was the worst loss in the Tim Corbin era. Vanderbilt's last loss this big came in 2001 against LSU. Of course that game was in Baton Rouge, La. If Vanderbilt is going to be a force in the SEC and maintain their 18th ranking, they will need to right the ship tomorrow, as the Commodores get one more shot at the Hilltoppers. Tonight the diamond Dores looked like a piece of coal.

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