Baseball Falls at Vanderbilt on Wednesday Night
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont baseball team's (24-11) eight-game winning streak was broken by cross-town rival Vanderbilt (14-19) with a 7-0 loss at Hawkins Field on Wednesday night. The Bruins weren't able to get any offense going, as freshman Matt Beaty (Dresden, Tenn.) recorded all three Belmont hits in the defeat.
Beaty singled in the second, fourth, and seventh, before walking to end his night in the ninth inning. The lack of production from the rest of the Bruins at the plate, and four errors in the field, plagued Belmont all night long against the home team.
Freshman starting pitcher Dan Ludwig (Naperville, Ill.) put forth a solid effort on the mound, striking out eight while walking none in 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on 10 hits, but the freshman did himself no favors by committing two of BU's four errors.
Much of the credit for Belmont's struggles at the plate belongs to Vanderbilt starter Sam Selman. The left-hander pitched six innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and striking out seven Bruins. The Commodore relievers continued Selman's success, as Brian Miller and Steven Rice left Belmont hitless in the final three innings of play.
Vandy scored one run in the first inning, as Mike Yastrzemski's double drove in Conrad Gregor to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead. VU slowly built on the lead, scoring one in the fourth, two in the sixth, and finally pouring in three in the eighth to finish with the 7-0 win.
The Commodores totaled their seven runs on 11 hits and no errors. Anthony Gomez and Chris Harvey led the way at the plate, each tallying three hits. Gregor and John Norwood chipped in with two hits each.
Belmont finished with just the three hits, scoring no runs and committing four errors. The Bruins were without starting shortstop junior Jared Breen (Marietta, Ga.) and starting designated hitter Judah Akers (Cookeville, Tenn.), both sitting out due to injury.
The Bruins will look to get back to their recent winning ways as they head to Macon this weekend. Belmont will return to Atlantic Sun Conference play with a three-game road series at last year's A-Sun Tournament Runner-Up Mercer beginning Friday.