ATHENS, Ga. – Mike Minor struck out 12, and Aaron Westlake had three hits and three runs scored as Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 9-2 on Saturday.
Minor allowed just five hits and two walks in his first complete game of the season. He improved to 5-4 and won for the 21st time in his career, which gave him sole possession of ninth place on the school’s all-time list.
Vanderbilt (31-20, 12-13) scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed for the second consecutive day.
This time Jason Esposito’s two-out, two run single capped the early scoring surge. It was the only hit for Espostio, who later drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
Westlake singled and scored in the first, third and ninth innings. He also stole a base and drove in one run.
In the series he has six hits in nine at-bats with five runs scored and four RBIs.
Shortstop Brian Harris and first baseman Curt Casali both scored two runs and had at least two hits.
The first five batters in the Commodores’ lineup were a combined 10-for-22. By comparison, the top five for Georgia (33-17, 14-12), which lost its eighth straight game, had just three hits and eight strikeouts.