Kyle Farmer went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI Sunday.
March 25, 2012
NASHVILLE, TENN.-----Vanderbilt rallied for a 5-3 win over No. 18 Georgia Sunday to take an SEC series at Hawkins Field.
On Saturday, the Commodores (9-15, 2-4 SEC) rallied for a win in the ninth, and on Sunday with two outs in the eighth, they erupted for four runs compliments of a two-run triple and three wild pitches. Georgia falls to 17-8 (3-3 SEC).
A solo home run by junior shortstop Kyle Farmer (3-for-5, 3 RBI) to start the fourth inning gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. It was his third home run of the year. The blast came off Vanderbilt’s Will Clinard as the Commodores opted to start their closer. It marked the second weekend in a row that an SEC foe went with their closer in the final game of a series. Last Sunday, Tennessee’s Nick Williams tossed six scoreless innings as the Volunteers avoided a sweep with a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs.
Vanderbilt tied the game in its half of the fourth as Mike Yastrzemski singled and later scored on a base hit by Vince Conde. The Commodores had a chance for more, putting two in scoring position with one out by freshman right-hander Pete Nagel kept it a 1-1 contest. Clinard was lifted after four frames, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Vanderbilt turned to left-hander Philip Pfeifer. The Bulldogs went to their bullpen in the fifth bringing in senior Chase Hawkins. Nagel’s final line was four innings pitched and surrendering one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Georgia pushed across a run in the seventh taking advantage of a Commodore miscue. Conor Welton drew a four-pitch walk off left-hander Jared Miller. With one out, he stole second and an errant throw by Spencer Navin allowed him to advance to third. Farmer’s RBI-groundout scored Welton for a 2-1 edge. Hawkins provided two scoreless innings of relief for the Bulldogs who then turned to freshman Luke Crumley to start the seventh. He gave the Bulldogs one solid inning and then junior Bryan Benzor took over in the eighth when the Commodores made it 2-all.
Vanderbilt tied the game when Tony Kemp led off with a base hit, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Conrad Gregor. Two wild pitches and walk to Spencer Navin put runners at the corners for Vince Conde. He smashed a two-run triple over the head of Welton in centerfield for a 3-1 advantage. Benzor’s third wild pitch of the frame allowed Conde to score and make it 5-2. VerHagen notched the win to move to 4-2 while Benzor dropped to 3-1.
Farmer notched his third hit and RBI of the game in the ninth, driving in Welton with a base hit for the final.
“Today was a tough one, we didn’t execute in some situations and they got a big inning late,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Relievers are like free safeties, if they make mistake, it’s going to result in something big and there’s not a lot of time to recover. We continue to have chances for big innings offensively, and we haven’t been able to put up a big number. We only scored eight runs on the weekend, and that’s not a lot margin of error for the pitching staff. Our timing of our hits needs to get better. I’ve got confidence we’re going to get it going.”
Georgia plays host to Clemson Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EDT on CSS. The Tigers are 11-11 overall and 3-6 in the ACC. They were ranked as high as No. 23 but were swept by Virginia in Charlottesville this past weekend.