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April 6, 2013

Vanderbilt takes series over Ole Miss

No. 2 Vanderbilt clinched its 12th straight weekend series dating back to last season with a 2-1 win at No. 16 Ole Miss on Saturday at Swayze Field.

Commodore starter Tyler Beede was sensational once again, setting the tone by shutting down Rebels rallies throughout six innings of work, and moving to a perfect 8-0 on the year. The righty did struggle with control, walking five, but he made up for it with six strikeouts as well as forcing several grounders that the defense turned into double plays.

Vanderbilt squandered several base runners to start the game but finally got on the board when Connor Harrell was able to score Tony Kemp with a single to left, shortly after Kemp led-off the inning with a single of his own. It was Harrell's 39th RBI of the year.

The Commodores pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Mike Yastrzemski singled to right to score Conrad Gregor. The two veterans combined for two hits on the day while Kemp was able to extend his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-hit effort.

Rebels first baseman Sikes Orvis provided a little spark for Ole Miss in the bottom of the six when he singled through the infield to score Austin Anderson. Orvis accounted for two of Ole Miss five hits on the day.

Commodore freshman Carson Fulmer was strong in relief once again, going two innings of one-hit ball and striking out three. Sophomore Brian Miller closed out the game to pick up his 10th save of the season.

Vanderbilt moved to 28-4 on the season with the win and 10-1 in the SEC. Ole Miss dropped to 23-8 and 4-7 in league play.

The Commodores maintain a three-game advantage over No. 12 South Carolina in the SEC East standings.

The 10-1 start in SEC play matches the program record set in 1972.

The Commodores have won all eight weekend series this season and have not dropped a 3-game set since dropping a series, 2-1 to Alabama on April 20-22 last spring.

Vanderbilt will gun for the series sweep on Sunday when the two teams resume play at 1:30 p.m. CT. The Commodores will send lefty Philip Pfeifer to the mound while Ole Miss will counter with Sam Smith.

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