The Vanderbilt Commodore baseball team capped a series win over the No. 25 Duke Blue Devils (1-2) with a 9-1 victory on Sunday afternoon inside Hawkins Field – led by it’s young studs.
Vanderbilt head baseball coach Tim Corbin hauled in the top overall recruiting class in 2017, highlighted by five Top 100 players, according to Perfect Game. Corbin garnered two top recruiting classes in as many seasons.
Corbin’s recruiting class is littered with seven in-state prospects as David Bates, Philip Clarke, Corbin Brooksbank, Hayden Leatherwood, Aaron Brown, Hugh Fisher, and Mason Hickman join the fold.
All of Vanderbilt’s commitments enrolled in school. Which was a problem in the past that had recruiting classes decimated due to the Major League Draft, especially the past two seasons on West End with a large bulk of their top recruits signing professionally in recent years.
The Commodores (2-1) avenged a 5-4 loss on Saturday after a 9-1 victory on Friday, which featured 15 hits, the most in an opening night since the 2003 season.
Additionally, nationally acclaimed freshmen Jayson Gonzalez and Pat DeMarco led the way offensively as the freshman duo was penciled within the starting lineup in all three games.
DeMarco led the charge posting an 8–for-13 clip offensively for the three game set, while Gonzalez (3-for-11) and former CPA star Phillip Clarke (4-for-13) provided additional offensive jolts.
Furthermore, Freshman Austin Martin belted his first career homerun on the opening pitch of the ball game in Sunday’s win, as Hickman (1-0) came on in relief for his first career win on the mound.
No. 10 Vanderbilt returns to action on Tuesday and Wednesday for a two game set in a midweek showdown against Presbyterian.
First pitch is set for 4 p.m. inside Hawkins Field.
The Commodores take on UMass-Lowell in a weekend three-game series beginning Friday in Nashville.