Kentucky Beats Vanderbilt 11-1
May 14, 2000
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Vanderbilt baseball team ended the 2000 season with an 11-1 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn.
The Commodores end the year with a 21-33 overall and 5-24 Southeastern Conference record.
Kentucky improved to 37-18-1, 12-16-1 in the SEC. The UK victory secured a spot in the SEC Tournament as the Wildcats were dependent on a loss by Ole Miss. Kentucky will be the eighth seed in the tournament and make its fourth straight appearance in the tourney.
The Wildcats opened a scoreless game in the top of the fourth. Beau Moore led off the inning with a triple to left center and made his way across the plate when VU short stop Ulises Cabrera made a throwing error. John Wilson then reached base on a double to left field. Aaron McGlone gave UK a 2-0 advantage when he drove in Wilson on a double of his own. Kentucky went up 3-0 on a ground out RBI by Robert Newton.
Vanderbilt scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Ashley Freeman hit a solo home run to left field, his sixth homer of the season bringing the score to 3-1.
From there on out, Kentucky took control of the game scoring eight runs in the last three innings of play. Andy Green hit a solo home run to left field in the seventh. In the eighth, the Wildcats tallied five runs on six hits for the 9-1 lead. McGlone led off with a double to left center field. Vince Harrison then singled putting runners on first and third. Both scored on a single to left field by Newton. UK went up 7-1 on a RBI single from Breck Price. Another home run by Green, this time a two-run blast, put UK in control, 9-1. Kentucky added two runs in the top of the ninth when VU reliever Jeff Little walked Jeff Meade with bases loaded and gave up a sacrifice fly RBI to Green.
Rob Corrado (5-2) earned the win for Kentucky pitching 7 1/3
innings. He allowed just one run on eight hits. Josh Paxton and John
Hooker relieved Corrado for the final 1 2/3 innings. They would allow
no runs, while Hooker gave up just one hit.
Vanderbilt's Damon Yee (5-7) took the loss after allowing nine runs off of 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings of work.
Vanderbilt was led at the plate by Karl Nonemaker. He went 3-for-3 on the day.
Kentucky's Beau Moore was an impressive 3-for-6, while four other Wildcats, Green, McGlone, Newton and Price, had two hits each.