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Commodores win in extra innings

By the time Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky 10-8 in 12 innings early this morning, the pitcher everyone had come to see, Vandy's David Price, was long gone.

Price, projected as the top draft choice this spring, set a Commodores career record for strikeouts and pitched 51/3 hitless innings, then was knocked out in the seventh.

Back-to-back doubles by Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan White leading off the 12th broke an 8-8 deadlock since the eighth inning.

The Commodores got four innings of perfect relief from Casey Weathers (7-2).

Top-ranked Vanderbilt moved to 8-5 in the Southeastern Conference East, a half-game behind Florida.

Kentucky is 5-7-1 after overcoming a 4-0 deficit in the opener of the three-game weekend series.

"If we can compete like this, we'll win our share of games in the SEC," UK Coach John Cohen said.

"To get a win on Friday is huge," Weathers said.

The Commodores moved to 3-1 in extra-inning victories to open an SEC series on Friday night.

"I got a line-drive out (from the bat of UK's Keenan Wiley) to start off, then I settled down," Weathers said. "I've got confidence in my guys, and they came through."

The Commodores (31-5) outhit Kentucky (25-8) and were led by Alex Feinberg's two hits and three RBI.

The Wildcats got two RBI from Sawyer Carroll and Matt McKinney. Wiley, making his second start, had two hits and an RBI.

A five-run seventh inning helped Kentucky go ahead 7-5, but the Commodores scored three in the eighth.

The Wildcats got even in the bottom of the inning when pinch runner Brock Wright, moving on the pitch, scored from second base on a groundout.

Wright beat the throw with a head-first slide as catcher Shea Robin lunged to make the tag.

Price dominated the early innings. The 6-foot-6 junior lefthander had four strikeouts after two innings, then broke Mike Willis' career record of 350, set 35 years ago. Price finished with nine strikeouts. He has 355 for his career.

In the five-run seventh, the Cats got the first five batters on base. Price left after allowing three singles and a walk.

Carroll put the Cats ahead with a two-run double. Ryan Wilkes and Wiley had RBI hits earlier in the inning.

Wiley ended Price's bid for a no-hitter with an opposite-field single to left in the sixth. He was batting .211 before the game.


Tonight

Vanderbilt at Kentucky

When: 6:30 Radio: WLAP-AM 630

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