Dores Sweep the Bulldogs

Devin Futrell tosses eight shutout innings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt swept Georgia with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field behind eight shutout innings from starting pitcher Devin Futrell.

Futrell (W, 5-1) limited Georgia to just three hits and struck out seven batters without surrendering a walk.

Vanderbilt (23-5, 9-0 SEC) became just the fifth team in SEC history, and the second since 1994, to start conference play with three consecutive sweeps. The Commodores have won 11 in a row overall. This weekend’s sweep was Vandy’s first sweep over Georgia since 2016.

After falling behind early Friday and Saturday, Vanderbilt struck first on Sunday.

RJ Schreck led off the bottom of the third with a double to left. He tagged and moved up to third on a flyout before RJ Austin singled home Schreck for the first run of the game. Chris Maldonado singled through the right side to put runners on the corners, bringing Parker Noland to the plate.

Noland laid down a sac bunt that brought home Austin to make it 2-0 in favor of the Commodores.

Enrique Bradfield Jr. and Davis Diaz worked back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the fourth. Bradfield advanced to third on a flyout and scored on a groundout by Jack Bulger to increase Vanderbilt’s lead.

Vanderbilt went in front 4-0 as Maldonado tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with his fourth home run on the season, a solo shot to left-center. Maldonado finished with three hits on the day.

Nick Maldonado relieved Futrell in the ninth and took care of the Bulldogs to close out the contest.

Vanderbilt hosts Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. Tuesday before going on the road to Missouri for a three-game series against the Tigers beginning Thursday.