Vanderbilt Baseball Weekly Report - Week 3

Vanderbilt Baseball Weekly Report 

Overall Record: 9-2
Streak: Won 3

Last Week’s Results (4-1) 
Tuesday, Feb. 26 vs. Southeast Missouri State – Win, 11-3
Wednesday, Feb. 27 vs. Austin Peay – Loss, 6-7 (10 inn.)
Friday, March 1 vs. Dayton (Game 1) – Win, 11-3
Saturday, March 2 vs. Dayton (Game 2) – Win, 5-1
Saturday, March 2 vs. Dayton (Game 3) – Win, 2-0

This Week (Times Central) 
Tuesday, March 5 vs. Davidson — 4:30 p.m. [SEC Network+] 
Wednesday, March 6 vs. ETSU — 4:30 p.m. [SEC Network+] 
Friday, March 8 vs. Illinois State – – 4:30 p.m. [SEC Network+] 
Saturday, March 9 vs. Illinois State – – 2 p.m. [SEC Network+] 
Sunday, March 9 vs. Illinois State – – 1 p.m. [SEC Network+]

Doubled down on W’s yesterday.#VandyBoys | #AnchorDown

— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) March 3, 2019

Player of the Week Nominee 
JJ Bleday – RF – 6-3 – 205 – Panama City Beach, Fla.
Weekly totals: 5 G/ 5 GS, 18 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 6 RBIs, 18 TB 
– Pushed his hit streak to 20 games, the longest for a Commodore since 2014
– Belted three home runs, batted .444 and produced three multi-hit games in five starts 
– Moved his reached-base streak to 39 games helped by four walks
– Helped Vanderbilt to a 4-1 week by registering RBIs in four of five games 

Pitcher of the Week Nominee 
Drake Fellows – RHP – 6-5 – 216 – Plainfield, Ill.
Weekly totals: 1 G/1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 13 K 
– Struck out 13 Dayton batters, the most for a Commodore pitcher since Kyle Wright (2017)
– Limited the Flyers to a .217 batting average in six innings
– Led a Vandy pitching staff that posted a 4-1 record and 2.74 ERA this weekend
Freshman of the Week Nominee 
Ethan Smith – RHP – 6-1 – 200 – Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Weekly totals: 2 G/0 GS, 2-0, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K 
– Picked up two victories in 6.1 scoreless innings of work
– Did not allow an extra-base hit while helping Vanderbilt to a 4-1 week
– Held Southeast Missouri and Dayton to a .136 batting average while striking out nine

Among the SEC’s best. ?

⚾️ Hits – 19 – T-2nd
⚾️ HR – 4 – T-2nd
⚾️ TB – 33 – T-2nd
⚾️ SLG – .767 – 3rd#VandyBoys | @BledayJay

— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) March 3, 2019

Commodore Notes 
Top-ranked Vanderbilt capped its week with a three-game of Dayton after splitting midweeks against Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay … Commodore pitching posted a 2.74 ERA and limited its three opponents to a .184 batting average in five games … Offensively, the squad continued to surge, batting .310 with five players hitting over the .300 mark … Vanderbilt received a wealth of production from the top of its order and added insurance late, defeating Southeast Missouri, 11-3 on Tuesday night at Hawkins Field … The Commodores’ trio of Cooper Davis, Austin Martin and JJ Bleday finished 9-for-17 with five runs and as many RBIs. Davis provided a spark at the top of the lineup, registering a career-high four hits while driving in two to lift his season average to .447 … Vanderbilt saw an early five-run lead slip away as Austin Peay used a two-out, two-RBI single in the ninth and pair of runs without a hit an inning later to defeat the Commodores, 7-6, in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Hawkins Field … Vanderbilt starter Drake Fellows set a new career high with 13 strikeouts and the offense pounced early, lifting the top-ranked Commodores to an 11-3 series-opening victory against Dayton on Friday night at Hawkins Field … Fellows (2-0) held the Flyers to three runs on five hits alongside two walks across six innings … The right-hander set a new personal best in punch outs, striking out the side in the sixth… His previous high mark was 10 against Alabama on May 20, 2017 … Patrick Raby took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, leading top-ranked Vanderbilt to a 5-1 victory over Dayton on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field … Raby (2-0) threw six scoreless innings with a season-high eight strikeouts. He held Dayton (1-5-1) to two hits and moved into sole possession of sixth place in program history with his 24th career victory … Top-ranked Vanderbilt concluded its sweep of Dayton with a 2-0 shutout victory, capping doubleheader action on Saturday at Hawkins Field … Jake Eder, Zach King and Ethan Smith combined for nine scoreless innings and 12 strikeouts while holding Dayton to just four hits … King threw 4.1 scoreless innings to set the tone and lead Vanderbilt to its first three-game series sweep of the season … Vandy returns to action this week, hosting Davidson and East Tennessee State in midweek action before welcoming Illinois State for a three-game series beginning Friday.