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April 23, 2013

Barrel Bash: Vanderbilt rips Louisville 10-2

No. 4 Vanderbilt brought out the bats and silenced No. 12 Louisville's as the Commodores defeated the Cardinals 10-2 in the Battle of the Barrel series at Louisville's Patterson Stadium on Tuesday.

Coming off a series win at Georgia, the Commodores continued its offensive surge as the lineup posted 14 hits with five runs coming off of a pair of homeruns by sudden freshman sensation Zander Wiel and sophomore Vince Conde.

Wiel, a native of Murfreesboro, launched his third homer in as many games with a 2-run shot in the sixth to give the Commodores a bit of breathing room at 4-1. Vanderbilt would tack on two more runs during that frame when Conde doubled in Spencer Navin and freshman Xavier Turner knocked in Conde with a single to shallow center field.

Vanderbilt All-American Tony Kemp scored twice to give Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead after three before Louisville would mount a little comeback in the fifth when Zak Wasserman's single scored Jeff Gardner a few moments after the junior reached with a lead-off double.

After the two teams traded a run during the seventh and eighth, Conde deposited Louisville reliever Jordan Simons first pitch over the left field fence for a three-run shot in the ninth for the game's final 10-2 score.

The homerun was the sixth of the season for Conde and the club's 29th overall. Vanderbilt hit just 27 homeruns during the 2012 season. The 10 runs also marked the fourteenth in which the Commodores have reached double digits in scoring this year.

Kemp and senior Jack Lupo paced the Commodores with three hits a piece. The 14 combined hits marked the 10th time in the last 11 games in which the Commodore lineup has reached double figures as well.

Freshman right-hander Walker Buehler was strong in his first game back in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky native went 5.1 innings, allowing just four hits with one earned run while improving his record to 3-1 on the season.

Louisville starter Kyle McGrath took his first loss of the season after allowing a pair of runs through 3.1 innings of work.

Vanderbilt moved to 36-6 on the season with the victory, surpassing last season's win total of 35. The victory was also the second straight for Vanderbilt in the new Battle of the Barrel series with the Cardinals.

The Commodores will return to SEC action this weekend when No. 16 Mississippi State comes to Hawkins Field for a three-game series. Friday's first pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CT) while Saturday's tilt will broadcast at 12 p.m. on Comcast Sports South. The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start time.




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