Commodore freshman catcher C.J. Rodriguez had an enormous night leading the ‘Dores offensively going 4-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s in a 6-1 win over UConn.
By DT Yates
Kumar Rocker picked up right where he left off from the postseason going for 6 innings pitched, with nine strikeouts while giving up just two hits.
Rocker got into trouble in the second when the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs and the assistance of an error. A base on balls brought UConn’s Reggie Crawford home from third to put the first point on the board but that was all the damage the Huskies would do for the rest of the night.
Vanderbilt responded in the 5th starting with a triple crushed down the right field line by Cooper Davis. Rodriguez brought him home on the next at bat with a sacrifice fly that tied the game at one a piece.
There was a scary moment when UConn’s Andy Hague squared up for a bunt and got drilled near the head. Hague ended up fine and managed to finish his at bat.
The ‘Dores bats stayed hot, hitting through the entire order in the top of the 6th when Spencer Jones got hit by a pitch and was advanced by a Harrison Ray sacrifice bunt. A wild throw later advanced Jones to third. Small ball continued when Carter Young laid a sacrifice bunt down the line to advance the runners.
Cooper Davis reached first on a Husky error, then Rodriguez continued his big night with the bases loaded when he crushed a two RBI single off the left field wall that extended the Vandy lead to 4-1. With the bases loaded again, excellent eyes at the plate would later walk in Cooper Davis for a four-run lead.
After a slow offensive start in the opener against Michigan, Commodore freshmen seemed more comfortable in their second collegiate game. Jones got his first career hit for the ‘Dores and showed why he’s starting, going 2-for-3, while reaching base twice after getting beaned. Parker Noland went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a night where the Vanderbilt offense left 13 runners stranded with 11 hits.
The ‘Dores will conclude the MLB4 tournament tomorrow night against Cal Poly (1-1) who lost to Michigan 8-5 on Saturday.