Vandy finishes off three-game sweep of Tennessee

Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 9:02pm

Shea Robin hit two home runs and Dominic de la Osa became the all-time Vanderbilt hits leader as the No. 22 Commodores completed a three-game sweep of Tennessee on Sunday with a 10-8 win in Knoxville.

VU has swept UT two straight seasons. This year's sweep is Vanderbilt's first in Knoxville since the Southeastern Conference went to a three-game series format in 1986.

With a double in the seventh inning, de la Osa became the all-time hits leader at Vanderbilt with 284, passing Karl Nonemaker, who played from 1999-2002. In addition de la Osa also became the all-time Vanderbilt leader in doubles with 62.

"It feels great," de la Osa said. "A lot of great players have played at Vanderbilt. It's exciting. Hopefully I can keep it for a while."

Trailing 5-4, the Commodores took their first lead of the day with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. De la Osa led off the inning with his record-breaking double into right center field, his second double of the day, then advanced to third on Pedro Alvarez's third hit of the game.

Ryan Flaherty drove in de la Osa with a single to right field to even the game at five. After a single by Alex Feinberg loaded the bases, Robin grounded into a double play, scoring Alvarez and putting the Commodores on top. A walk to Andrew Giobbi put runners on the corners for Liddle. Steven Liddle singled to left, scoring Flaherty and extending the Vanderbilt lead to 7-5.

Vanderbilt added another three runs in the top of the ninth. Robin led off the inning with his second home run of the day over the left field fence. Giobbi followed with a double down the right field line. With one out, Brad French tripled off the center field barrier, scoring pinch-runner Jonathan White. David Macias drove home French with a double down the right field line.

Tennessee rallied for the third straight day with three runs in the ninth. Jeff Lockwood led off the inning with a home run over the left field wall. Steven Brown followed with a single down the left field line and P.J. Polk hit a pinch hit two-run home run to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 10-8. The Volunteers would get a runner on first with one out, but Brett Jacobson would retire the next two batters to get his second save of the weekend and fourth of the season.

Chase Reid (4-0) picked up the victory for Vanderbilt, throwing three innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three. Danny Wiltz (3-2) picked up the loss for Tennessee in relief.

Regular Sunday VU starter Nick Christiani was unable to start due to tingling in his right arm. He will be evaluated in Nashville on Monday. Russell Brewer got the start for the Commodores in his place, going five innings, allowing five runs on five hits.

Vanderbilt returns to action this week with two midweek games. The Commodores will face Memphis in Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Vanderbilt will play its final midweek game of the season at home on Wednesday against Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. The Commodores host SEC leader Georgia next weekend in a three-game set at Hawkins field.

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

Obviously a great weekend for the Commodores. Congrats to Dom for the record. Hopefully Nick will recover and start this Sunday. This series with UGA is huge. Several things at stake (first in the East/Overall, possible NCAA host if all goes right).

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

go dores.