Commodore fans are invited to Vanderbilt Stadium to watch the championship series of the College World Series matchup between Vanderbilt and Virginia. Games will be available to be viewed in the stadium on Tuesday (and Wednesday if necessary).

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday and gates to Vanderbilt Stadium will open at 6 p.m. Fans are invited to bring a blanket and watch from the field or seating will be available in the stadium bleachers. Free parking is available in the Medical Center lots located at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace. Concessions will be available for purchase and fans will be permitted to bring in their own food and drinks, however no alcohol is allowed. In the event of inclement weather, the stadium will be closed and the event will be canceled.

Should the series advance to a third game, Vanderbilt will again host a viewing party at the football stadium on Wednesday.

This is the second straight year Vanderbilt has advanced to the finals at the College World Series with the Commodores looking to defend their national championship.

For more information, contact the Vanderbilt Ticket Office at 615-322-GOLD (4653).

 

Sounds Center Fielder Jeff Gentry scores the Sounds go-ahead run.

Sounds Center Fielder Craig Gentry scores the Sounds go-ahead run.

Bassitt Makes Masterful Start In Sounds 5-1 Win

 Right-Hander Ties A Career-High With 11 Strikeouts Through Six Innings

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville received a magnificent start from Chris Bassitt and the offense came alive late to help the Sounds scratch out a 5-1 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park.

The Nashville pitching staff was marvelous yet again, fanning a season-best 15 hitters. Bassitt tossed the club’s 17th quality start and the bullpen didn’t allow a run to extend their streak to the last 19.2 innings. The Sounds improved to a league-best 9-1 in their last 10 games.

Sounds Starter Chris Bassitt

Sounds Starter Chris Bassitt

It was the Bassitt show during Wednesday night’s contest. The right-hander fanned a season-high 11 batters while matching his career-high set on August 9, 2014. The 26-year old collected at least one strikeout in all six of his innings and set the mark for most strikeouts by a Nashville pitcher this season. He allowed

one unearned run with five hits and no walks on a season-high 96 pitches. Bassitt’s ERA at First Tennessee Park dropped to 0.44 (1er/20.2ip) in the no-decision.

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Vanderbilt players salute the crowd after winning regional 21-0 over Radford - Photos by Mike Strasinger

Vanderbilt players salute the crowd after winning regional 21-0 over Radford – Photos by Mike Strasinger

NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt clinched another trip to the Super Regionals on Monday — and this time, the Commodores did it with an enormous amount of force and flare.

Putting together one of the most explosive offensive performances in NCAA Tournament history, the top-seeded Commodores blasted No. 2-seeded Radford, 21-0, to complete an undefeated run through the Nashville Regional and advance to the Super Regionals for the third straight year and the fifth time in the past six seasons. It is the sixth Regional title in the program’s history, all coming under head coach Tim Corbin.

Zander Wiel

Zander Wiel

 

Vanderbilt, the defending national champs, will travel to Illinois next week for the Super Regionals — with dates and times to be announced — after sweeping through the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field for the second straight year.

The Commodores set a long list of school records during the rout of Radford (45-16), and also tied the NCAA record for biggest margin of victory in a shutout in NCAA Tournament history. Vanderbilt led the game 10-0 at the end of the fourth inning, and then put together a 10-run fifth — sending 15 batters to the plate — to extend the lead to 20-0. By game’s end, every Commodore in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine starters had scored at least two runs.

Zander Wiel went 4-for-6 with a homer, a triple and six RBIs for the Commodores. Wiel’s homer, his 13th of the season, was a three-run shot that helped fuel Vanderbilt’s 10-run fifth inning. Bryan Reynolds added a two-run shot during the frame, and finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

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Sounds Win 8th in a Row

Sounds Win 8th in a Row

 

From the Nashville Sounds

Sweep Consecutive Four-Game Series for First Time since 1999

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds finished the sweep of the Las Vegas 51s by the score of 5-1 on Monday night at First Tennessee Park.

Zach Neal

Zach Neal

A night after Barry Zito set a Sounds season-high mark with eight innings of scoreless baseball, Monday’s starter, Zach Neal, did his best to follow the former Cy Young Award winner’s lead. Neal gave up just one run over eight innings, surrendering five hits and striking out four. He earned his team-leading fourth win in as many starts.

Joey Wendle broke the ice in this one, taking Tyler Pill’s third inning offering and distributing it among the patrons enjoying the Band Box in right field. His fifth homer of the season gave the Sounds a 2-0 lead.

Wendle singled in the sixth and came around to score courtesy of a Jason Pridie sacrifice fly. Ryan Roberts later scored in the inning on a Kent Matthes sacrifice fly. Matt Carson homered an inning later to give the Sounds a 5-0

Joey Wendle

Joey Wendle

advantage.

The 51’s finally got a run off Sounds pitching in the 8th inning. Matt Reynolds doubled down the right field line to score Cory Vaughn. The Sounds however executed a perfect relay from Carson to gun Wilfredo Tovar out at the plate.

The win was the Sounds 8th straight win, the last time they reached that mark was June of 2003.

The Sounds welcome a new opponent to First Tennessee Park tomorrow night when the Salt Lake Bees of the Los Angeles Angels organization come to town. Brad Mills will look to throw his sixth consecutive quality start as he matches up with Drew Rucinski. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

 

Sounds pitcher Barry Zito - photo by Mike Strasinger

Sounds pitcher Barry Zito – photo by Mike Strasinger

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  In a much hyped-up pitching matchup, it was Nashville and Barry Zito that outdueled top Mets prospect Steven Matz and the Las Vegas 51s, 1-0, at First Tennessee Park on Sunday afternoon.

 

Zito faced the minimum through five, pitching eight scoreless innings, the most by a Sounds pitcher this season. The crafty veteran yielded a season-low two hits and struck out a season-high six batters. Twice he got out of jams with inning-ending double plays – including a strikeout, caught stealing in the third inning. He has now thrown 14 scoreless innings dating back to his last start on May 26 at Sacramento.

 

The Sounds were the only team to input a run on the guitar-shaped scoreboard, doing so in the first inning courtesy of a Nate Freiman opposite field double that scored Ryan RobertsThe run came off Matz who entered the day leading the PCL in ERA (1.99) and wins (6). He took his third loss of the season.

 

R.J. Alvarez picked up his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. With the win, the Sounds have now won seven straight games for the first time since April 23 – 30 of 2010.

 

The series comes to a close tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. Looking for the sweep, the Sounds will send Zach Neal to the mound. The right-hander will attempt to secure his fourth win in as many starts with Nashville. Tyler Pill will get the ball for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

CPA Lions after winning TSSAA 3A Championship.Photo by Mike Strasinger

CPA Lions after winning TSSAA 3A Championship.Photo by Mike Strasinger

Division I College Sports has a team trophy that they all compete for over the course of the school year known as the Capital One Cup. It is an all-sports award that goes to the top men and women’s programs in Division I college athletics. Points are awarded over the year for how high a team finishes in all of the sports. Their website is at http://www.capitalonecup.com.

The sports are divided into two classes: Group A and Group B. Group A Men’s sports include Cross Country, Water Polo, Skiing, Rifle, Indoor Track and Feld, Wrestling, Fencing, Swimming and Diving, Ice hockey, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Tennis , and Golf.

Group B men’s sports are Soccer, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, and Outdoor Track and Field.

Women’s sports in Group A are Field Hockey, Cross Country, Skiing, Rifle, Indoor Track and Field, Swimming and Diving  , Ice Hockey, Fencing, Bowling, Gymnastics, Water Polo, Tennis, Golf, and Rowing.

Group B Women’s Sports are Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Softball, and Outdoor Track and Field.

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L to R - Jack Shoulders, Nassir Bigham, Max Crowe, Cole Euverard, Centennial

L to R – Jack Shoulders, Nassir Bigham, Max Crowe, Cole Euverard, Nick Madonia – Photo by Susan Strasinger/BobcatBeat.net

The Nick Coutras Awards were handed out after a dinner and a program at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. Speaking at the event were former Tennessee Titans General Manager Floyd Reese and former Hume Award winner Gary Kimball. The event was emceed by George Plaster.

This years winners were:

Nassir Bigham – Pearl-Cohn High School

Max Crowe – John Overton High School

Cole Euverard – Montgomery Bell Academy

Nick Madonia – Centennial High School

Jack Shoulders – Father Ryan High School

The Nick Coutras Award recognizes the senior class high school football player from the Middle Tennessee area who best exemplifies the qualities of exceptional individual effort, superior attitude, dedication to team, academic and athletic excellence and commitment to community service.

Vanderbilt's Carson Fulmer

Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer

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The Vanderbilt Commodores began their defense of their College Baseball National Championship with a dominant 9-1 win over a good Lipscomb team in front of a sold out Hawkins Stadium crowd of 3,626. The Commodores were led by a powerful pitching performance by ace Carson Fuller who scattered 4 hits over 7 innings while yielding only 1 run. Fuller struck out 11 and improved to 7-0 at home with an ERA of 0.79. Colin Snider pitched the final two scoreless inning for Vanderbilt.

The Commodores got all the offense they would need with a two-run homer by Jeren Kendell in the 2nd inning, but Lipscomb would get their lone run in the next  inning with an RBI by Adam Lee to make it 2-1 going into the 4th inning.

Vanderbilt's Jeren Kendell hits a two-run homer.

Vanderbilt’s Jeren Kendell hits a two-run homer.

Vanderbilt would add a run in the 5th, then sent 9 men to the plate and scored 5 runs in the 6th to break the game open 8-1. The Commodores would add their final run in the 7th inning for the final of 9-1. Ro Coleman led the Commodores with 3 hits and scored 3 runs while reaching base  5 times. Jerez Kendell paced the Commodores with 3 RBI, and Brian Reynolds went 3 for 5.

Earlier Friday Indiana beat Redford 7-1 so Vanderbilt will face Indiana Saturday at 7:00 PM after Lipscomb meets Radford at 3:00.

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