One day after it reached the top of one of college baseball’s major rankings services, Vanderbilt’s baseball team avoided any sort of letdown.
Freshman pitcher Kevin Ziomek allowed two hits and struck out three in five innings and earned his first collegiate win as Vanderbilt defeated Purdue 9-0 Tuesday at Hawkins Field.
Jason Esposito went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and his first home run of the season, and Anthony Gomez extended his current hitting streak to 13 as Vanderbilt had a season-high 16 hits.
The Commodores (17-1) were No. 1 in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 25, which was released Monday. It was the first time since 2007 that they topped any of the polls.
They was second to SEC rival Florida in two other polls, the ESPN/USA Today coaches rankings and the Baseball America rankings. VU got 11 first-place votes out of 31 from the coaches, which was four fewer than Florida, last week’s No. 1 in the NCBWA rankings.
The victory over Purdue (11-4) ran the Commodores’ current win streak to 10 games with the start of conference play at hand. They have allowed one run or fewer in half of those games and have outscored the opposition 67-30 over that stretch.
VU’s next game is Friday when it begins a three-game SEC series with Mississippi State. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Field.