Vanderbilt Baseball Weekly Report
Overall Record: 34-9, 15-6 SEC
Streak: Won 7
Last Week’s Results (3-0)
Thursday, April 25 vs. No. 25 Auburn – Win, 12-6
Friday, April 26 vs. No. 25 Auburn – Win, 5-2
Saturday, April 27 vs. No. 25 Auburn – Win, 9-5
This Week (Times Central)
Tuesday, April 30 vs. Tennessee Tech – 6:30 p.m. [SEC Network+]
Friday, May 3 at South Carolina – 6 p.m. [SEC Network+]
Saturday, May 4 at South Carolina – 7 p.m. [ESPNU]
Sunday, May 5 at South Carolina – 12:30 p.m. [SEC Network+]
Player of the Week Nominee
Philip Clarke – C/DH – 5-11 – 190 – Franklin, Tenn.
Weekly totals: 3 G/3 GS, 13 AB, 1 R, 7 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 10 TB
– Led Vanderbilt with a .538 average in three games vs. No. 25 Auburn
– Has logged eight-straight multi-hit games and is riding a 10-game hit streak
– Helped Vandy to its sixth-straight SEC win, the longest streak since 2014
– Paced a Dores offense that batted .402 in three games vs. Auburn
Pitcher of the Week Nominee
Patrick Raby – RHP – 6-3 – 230 – Knoxville, Tenn.
Weekly totals: 1 G/1 GS, 1-0, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
– Matched the Vanderbilt record with his 29th career victory
– Held Auburn to 3-for-12 (.250) with runners on and 0-for-6 (.000) with two outs
– Has allowed one or no runs in seven of his last 11 starts
– Fanned eight batters for the second consecutive outing
Freshman of the Week Nominee
Kumar Rocker – RHP – 6-4 – 255 – Athens, Ga.
Weekly totals: 1 G/1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
– Became the first Commodore freshman since Drake Fellows in 2017 to strike out double-digit batters
– Held No. 25 Auburn to three hits with runners aboard
– In his last three starts, has gone 3-0, striking out 19 while limiting opponents to a .167 average
– Has now allowed more than two walks in 10 of his last 11 appearances
No. 5 Vanderbilt swept No. 25 Auburn by hitting .402 at the plate and smashing 14 extra-base hits. The Commodores have won six straight SEC games for the first time since April 26-May 4, 2014. Vanderbilt starter Patrick Raby matched the program record with his 29th career victory and the No. 5 Commodores scored five runs in the first three innings, capping a three-game sweep of No. 25 Auburn with a 9-5 win on Saturday. JJ Bleday tied the national lead for home runs, belting his 21st of the season to provide the Commodores a 2-1 advantage.
Austin Martin reached base four times and matched a career high with three RBIs as Vanderbilt powered through steady rain to defeat Auburn, 12-6, in the series opener on Thursday night. The Commodores scored 10-plus runs for the 17th time and moved to 17-0 in night games and 11-0 in series openers. Vanderbilt used a strong start from Kumar Rocker and wiggled its way out of bases-loaded jams in each of the final two innings, clinching the series against the No. 25 Tigers with a 5-2 win on Friday.
Stephen Scott (1-for-2) connected on his second home run of the series, pushing Vanderbilt’s advantage to 4-0 with a three-run home run in the first. Rocker, who has fanned six-plus hitters in five of his last six starts, struck out a career-high 10 batters across seven innings. Vanderbilt closes its four-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting Tennessee Tech. The Commodores will visit South Carolina for a three-game series beginning Friday.