Ole Miss sweeps VU in baseball

Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 10:39pm

Ole Miss used a pair of four-run innings to defeat Vanderbilt 11-6 and sweep the three-game series Sunday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field.

It marks the first time the Commodores, ranked No. 8, have been swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series since 2006. VU fell to 19-10 overall and 5-6 in league play.

VU pitcher Brett Jacobson (1-3) gave up six runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and two walks in the losing effort. Cody Satterwhite (3-1) gave up four runs on six hits in 6.2 innings with four walks and five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Fuller Smith had four hits and three runs scored to lead Ole Miss, while Dominic de la Osa led Vanderbilt with four hits.

Ole Miss scored three runs in the first on a RBI double by Cody Overbeck, a RBI sacrifice fly by Michael Guerrero and a RBI single by Zach Miller.

The Commodores broke a streak of 16 straight scoreless innings against the Rebels with a run in the fifth on a double by de la Osa to make it 3-1. VU failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation with one out as Parker Hanks and Shea Robin struck out to end the threat.

Matt Smith started the scoring in the fourth with a RBI double and Michael Guerrero added a RBI single to make it 5-1. A RBI groundout by Zach Miller and a RBI single by Jeremy Travis made it 7-1.

The Commodores used the long ball to get back in the game in the fifth with a two-run homer to centerfield by Pedro Alvarez and a solo homer to right by Ryan Flaherty to cut the lead to 7-4. All of the runs came with two outs and VU looked to continue the rally when de la Osa followed with a single through the left side. He was picked off at first base to end the rally.

Alvarez, returning to action last week for the first time since breaking a bone in his hand in the Feb. 22 season opener, hit two home runs over the weekend at Ole Miss.

The Rebels added four more runs in the seventh to push the lead to 11-4. Fuller Smith belted a homer off of reliever Chase Reid. It was the first earned run he had given up all season in 18.1 innings. Logan Power doubled and Cody Overbeck walked to end Reid's day. Steven Schwartz came on and gave up a RBI double to Matt Smith and a two-run single to Michael Guerrero to close out the scoring.

The Commodores added a run in the eighth on a RBI double by Steven Liddle. He brought in de la Osa, who led off the frame with a double. VU would load the bases with two outs, but Brad French struck out to close the inning.

Vanderbilt added an unearned run in the ninth to finish the game scoring.

The Commodores will return home for a pair of midweek matchups before traveling to face Mississippi State in a three-game series this weekend. VU will take on Western Kentucky on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Austin Peay on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Vanderbilt is not really a very good baseball team this year are they ? This will put a dent in the crowds at Hawkins Field. I think the gopher ball that David Price threw against Michigan last year changed the entire direction of the team.

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Or the fact that David Price is no longer on the team might have a little something to do with it.

By: VUGuy on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I HOPE the gopher ball that David Price threw against Michigan last year changed the entire direction of the team.There frank, I fixed it for you.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

VUGUY, I think your HOPE came true. Unfortunately the direction is down.