Notebook: Vandy Surges, TCU’s Janczak BackNotebook
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• TCU’s Janczak Back To Business
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook walked off the field following a 14-9 loss to Vanderbilt at the MLB4 Collegiate Tournament, a coach walking by sarcastically said ‘they can hit can’t they?’. He, of course, was referring to the top-ranked Commodores, who, for the second-straight day, put on an offensive show.
The Commodores kicked off the season in impressive fashion on Friday, showing a relentless offensive approach in a dominant win over Virginia. And the second game of the tourney against the Titans was no different, as Vandy showed its versatility early and often.
“Our lineup has been really aggressive and their approaches have been very good. We’re not missing pitches and we’ve been able to jump out on some balls,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “We’ve been able to score some runs with two outs and that’s been very beneficial for us the last two days. We’re getting pretty good production at the start of games.”
It was evident early against the Titans that Vandy was destined to have yet another productive day at the plate. In the first, electric lead off hitter Cooper Davis laid down a perfect bunt and showed good speed to first. Then, Austin Martin laced a single to put two runners on, and put Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Timothy Josten’s back against the wall. Josten coaxed a fly out to hard-hitting JJ Bleday before walking Stephen Scott and facing hot-hitting Philip Clarke with one out.
Clarke delivered. The talented sophomore blasted a mid-70s slider for a grand slam over the right field wall to begin the offensive onslaught. Clarke delivered for the second-straight day. He also recorded a couple of hits and knocked in three runs in the tourney opener on Friday.