Dores Pepper Waves

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Pepperdine
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Vanderbilt
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Game stats Pepperdine Vanderbilt
AB 35 34
RUNS 3 6
HITS 9 13
RBI 3 5
BB 1 5
SO 13 8
LOB 6 11

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Top-ranked Vanderbilt cruised past Pepperdine, 6-3, in its series opener with the Waves Sunday at Hawkins Field.
 
After two days of rain forced the previously-scheduled three-game series into a two-game set, the Commodores (4-1) kick-started the Sunday twin bill with Cooper Davis and Austin Martin scoring on a first-inning RBI-single by Philip Clarke (2-for-4). JJ Bleday (2-for-2) crossed home after a flyout by Pat Demarco to add to the Dores’ cushion.
 
Ty Duvall went 2-for-2 and scored twice off RBI singles by reigning SEC Player of the Week Austin Martin. Martin matched a career-high with four hits in five at-bats and notched his fourth multi-hit performance in five contests.
 
Martin had two RBI and crossed home twice — the first on a passed ball and the second on an RBI-single by Clarke.
 
Davis, Philip Clarke, and Duvall each stole a base.
 
Junior starter Drake Fellows (1-0) held Pepperdine to one run through 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts, allowing just one walk and five hits.
 
Sophomore right-hander Mason Hickman entered in the seventh and allowed two runs and four hits over the final three frames to earn his first save on the season.
 
Trailing 5-0, the Waves scored three runs over the final four innings and showed signs of life in the ninth when Hickman allowed a triple to Reese Alexiades, followed by a base hit by Duncan McKinnon. The visitors were unable to cash in on the comeback bid.
 
Soon after the 6-3 win, Vanderbilt concluded its nonconference series with Pepperdine with the second of two games on the day. Live stats for the contest are available at VUCommodores.com.