Vandy moves on with run-rule win over Bama
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HOOVER, Ala. -- No. 2 seed Vanderbilt earned a 16-1 run-rule victory over No. 11 seed Alabama to stay alive in the 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament.
The Commodores scored 16 runs on 19 hits, including eight runs in the fourth inning. The 16 runs and 19 hits both tied the Dores' season-high marks. Eight doubles from Vanderbilt tied the SEC Tournament record.
The explosive offense was backed up by a strong pitching performance from Philip Pfeifer (4-4). He struck out nine in seven innings, giving up one run on four hits.
"I executed pitches and our offense really showed up and made a statement in that fourth inning," said Pfiefer. "From there on it was just kind of maintaining our energy for the rest of the game."
Alabama's only run came in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Mikey White. The Commodores opened the game up in the top of the fourth, scoring eight runs off ten hits. Alabama started the inning with Will Carter on the mound, eventually switching pitchers three times before the inning was up. Alex Watkins and Ray Castillo both saw action before Jay Shaw came in to close out the inning.
Will Toffey kicked the inning off for the Vanderbilt offense with a right field double from Carter's first pitch of the fourth. Bryan Reynolds brought Toffey in on the very next pitch on a left field single. Vanderbilt then came with a consistent onslaught of hits, with singles by Jeren Kendall and Jason Delay followed by doubles from Dansby Swanson, Zander Wiel and Reynolds. The Commodores held the Tide scoreless and headed into the fifth inning with a comfortable 10-1 lead.
The Commodores continued to extend their lead and earned a run-rule win after seven innings due to leading by more than 10 runs.
"You know when you're in a corner sometimes you do things differently," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "We are a good hitting team. A couple of hits can really spur some people on but the accelerator was down for most of the day. They took good swings, advanced runners all day. That was very good to see. It's good for the kids. It's good for their inner ego."
Vanderbilt improved to 41-18 while Alabama fell to 32-38 on the season.
The tournament returns to single elimination format tomorrow for the semifinals and Vanderbilt will have a rematch with No. 3 seed Texas A&M at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT on SEC Network.