The VandyBoys traveled south to take on Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field this weekend. After drubbing their rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels, the previous weekend, it was time for the VandyBoys to do the same to the Dogs, and that they did. Over the three-game sweep, Vanderbilt outscored Mississippi State 55-15 to their first 6-0 start in conference play in school history.
Friday, March 24th: #4 Vanderbilt 26 Mississippi St 3
Vanderbilt’s performance Friday night could only be summed up into one word: dominant. The Commodores had their way with the Bulldogs from the first pitch of the ball game as EBJ started the party with a leadoff homerun for the ‘Dores. Two batters later, RJ Schreck continued his tear and decided to keep the fun going as he blasted a 2-run home run to give the VandyBoys a 3-0 in the top of the 1st.
No one had more fun than Parker Noland Friday night, though. Noland had an other-worldly night as he went an astonishing 5-6 on the night with two grand slams in the same night. According to athletics communication director, Chad Bishop, Parker Noland is thought to be the first Commodore ever to have two grand slams in a single game. Noland finished the night with 11 RBIs, only 5 short of the NCAA single-game record.
Saturday, March 25th: Vanderbilt 18 Mississippi St 5
The Vanderbilt Commodores have seemingly turned into a home run-hitting ball club during this series and the trend continued Saturday as Vanderbilt continued to drub the Bulldogs. EBJ continued the hot bat as he went 3-4 with another home run and 3 RBIs. The player of the weekend, Parker Noland continued his tear as he hit his third home run in two games.
Not only did the bats have a phenomenal weekend, but the Vanderbilt pitching staff continued to show why they are one of the best in the nation. Hunter Owen got the start on the bump for the Commodores and he went ate up innings as he pitched for 7 innings and allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5 batters. Vanderbilt dipped into the bullpen as Ryan Ginther, Thomas Schultz, and Nick Maldonado saw action in the latter 3 innings and only allowed a combined 3 hits.
Sunday, March 26th: Vanderbilt 11 Mississippi St 7
Vanderbilt was able to complete the sweep of the Bulldogs on Sunday as they totaled and scored 11 runs on 10 hits Sunday afternoon.
On the offensive side of the ball, Davis Diaz had a day as he went 2-3 with 3 RBIs. Jack Bulger and Parker Noland also had fine afternoons as Bulger went 1-3 with 3 RBIs and Noland went 1-4 with 1 RBI.
Devin Futrell was given the nod Sunday afternoon and he did what he had to do as we pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits. Futrell turned it over to the bullpen to shut the door and that is what they did as Bryce Cunningham, Sam Hliboki, and Nick Maldonado allowed a combined 3 hits and teamed up for 2 strikeouts.
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