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Gators hold off, eliminate Commodores

Vanderbilt finishes season 54-12


Omaha, Neb. – Vanderbilt fell 6-4 to Florida Friday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in the College World Series to end the Commodores’ season.


Vandy took an early lead in the first inning when Aaron Westlake hit his team-best 18th home run of the year with a solo shot into the right field bullpen. Florida battled back to tie the game in the 3rd inning when Cody Dent led off the inning with a triple and scored on Preston Tucker’s groundout to first base. A bases loaded, two-out walk to Dent extended the fourth inning for Nolan Fontana, who singled through the middle to drive in two runs and give the Gators their first lead of the day. Florida added to the lead in the sixth when Daniel Pigott doubled to start the inning and scored on a double play.


Vanderbilt fought back in the seventh for two runs. Connor Harrell drove in Mike Yastrzemski with a single and Tony Kemp’s bases loaded walk scored the second run to cut the lead to one. The Dores tied the game in the top of the eighth when Conrad Gregor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. However, the Gators worked out of the jam to keep the score even before scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to reclaim the lead. Each of the first three batters reached base to begin the inning chasing starter Sonny Gray from the game. With one out Preston Tucker lined a single over Kemp in left field to score a run and a wild pitch on a strikeout scored the second run one batter later.


Florida closer Austin Maddox worked around a ninth inning Aaron Westlake double to finish the game and earn the win. Maddox worked 1.2 innings to pick up his third win of the year. Gray was saddled with the loss grinding through seven-plus innings. The right-hander allowed a season-high six runs on a career-high 12 hits and five walks with eight strikeouts. Florida starter Alex Panteliodis allowed one run on three hits over six innings.


Westlake, Yastrzemski and Casali all had two hits to lead Vandy while all nine Florida starters registered at least one hit.


The Commodores finish the season 54-12 matching the school record for wins in a season and setting the school record for fewest losses in a season. The team went 2-2 in the school’s first-ever College World Series with two wins over North Carolina and two losses to Florida.



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