HOOVER, Ala. — Vanderbilt hit14 singles and ground out a7-3 victory against Florida onWednesday in the first round ofthe Southeastern Conferencebaseball tournament.
The victory snapped theCommodores’ five-gamelosing streak, which was theirlongest in SEC play since2003. Vanderbilt (38-18) hadclosed the regular season bybeing swept in a three-gameseries against the Gators(34-21).
Leading the Commodoreswere Andrew Giobbi andSteven Liddle, who both went3-for-5 with an RBI. JonathanWhite and Dominic de la Osahad two hits each and DavidMacias had two RBIs on a hitand a sacrifice fly.
Vanderbilt put at least oneman on base in each of the firstsix innings in building a 6-1lead against Florida starterPatrick Keating (8-1).
The Commodores took thelead for good with three runsin the second inning. Theirscoring was the result of threesingles, a sacrifice bunt, afielder’s choice and a Floridaerror.
The small ball continued inthe fourth inning, as Vanderbiltparlayed two singles, a walkand a double-play into anotherrun and a 5-1 lead.
That was all that Vandystarter Mike Minor (6-3) wouldneed as he picked up thevictory.
Florida was led offensivelyby Brandon McArthur, whowent 2-for-4 with an RBI.