Jumpstart Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Top-ranked Vanderbilt scored nine times in the first inning and received a notable relief performance from right-hander Mason Hickman as part of an 11-6 win on Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The victory snapped Samford’s (12-4) 10-game win streak and provided Vanderbilt (14-3) some additional momentum entering Friday’s SEC opener at No. 19 Texas A&M. The Commodores improved to 8-1 in March and have scored double-digit runs five times in the month.
Vanderbilt took advantage of an inconsistent Samford pitching, putting 11 consecutive batters on base in a marathon first inning. After the Bulldogs scored twice in the top half, Vandy answered with nine runs, the most in an opening frame since March 17, 2010, against Western Kentucky. 


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Samford did not record an out in the first inning until its third pitcher, Luke Corbin, settled things down. Starter Gene Hurst (1-1) allowed two walks, two hits and four runs and reliever Billy Creger permitted five runs on two hits and a walk.
Vanderbilt right fielder JJ Bleday extended his on-base streak to 45 games with a walk. All nine Commodore starters scored at least one run including Philip Clarke (2-for-4) who contributed three. Senior Ethan Paul (1-for-2) continued his hot start, driving in three.
Mason Hickman (1-0) provided stability after Samford trimmed its deficit to four with a four-run third inning. The right-hander tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out four without a walk. Reliever Jake Eder retired six consecutive to close it out.
Vandy returns to action on Friday, visiting Texas A&M for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch from Blue Bell Park. Saturday’s middle game is set for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will get underway at 1 p.m. All three matchups can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.