Drake Fellows, Philip Clarke, the whole team excels in 8-1 victory; women's tennis moves on to the Elite 8

Drake Fellows pitched a superb game last night in an 8-1 Commodores' victory over Kentucky before 3,018 partisans Hawkins Field.

We move to 29-24 on the season and 14-14 in the SEC. No.19 Kentucky dropped to 34-19 and 13-15 in conference.

Drake was on fire last night. In 7..1 innings, Drake gave up only 3 hits, 1 run, with 0 walks and 6 K's. He was spectacular. His fastball was hitting anywhere from 91-94 and his breaking stuff was dominating. Drake just dominated last night. Fellows moved to 6-4 on the season and now has a 3.80 ERA. Super work by our sophomore hurler.

Freshman DH Philip Clarke led the hit brigade going 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs including 2 doubles, Philip now has 15 on the season. Freshman left fielder Par DeMarco crushed a breaking ball over the Monster in left for a 2 run shot, Pat's 8th of the season. Junior shortstop Connor Kaiser was 2 for 4 with 2 Ribeyes and Stephen Scott was 2 for 5 with a Ribbie. Junior first baseman Julian Infante was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Great to see Julian hit the ball well. Would really like to see Julian get his bat going because that could really help us. He was such an awesome hitter last year, and it's been a struggle for him this year, but he could be snapping out of it at just the right time.

Chandler Day came on and closed out the game blanking the Wildcats giving up 1 hit, with 1 walk and 3 K's.

We pounded out 12 hits. If our pitching gets it going we're going to be a really stellar team and last night was a super start to the weekend. Defense was superb again. Connor Kaiser is like a Hoover Vacuum at short, nothing gets by him. He's just a stellar player for us this year and one of our key leaders.

Patrick Raby on the hill for us tonight versus a pitcher to be determined by Kentucky. 6:30 PM CT on SEC Network+. Really like the way we started off this series.

 

Number 2 Women's tennis defeats Miami (FL), 4-0

The Women's tennis team advanced to the Elite 8 in Winston-Salem N.C. with a dominating 4-0 victory over Miami yesterday. We will now face Florida State Saturday at 3 PM CT in the Elite Eight. The match will be streamed by vucommodores.com.

No. 11 Astra Sharma and Fernanda Contreras won their doubles match, 6-0, and Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith won in doubles, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point. Astra, No.11 in the country in singles, defeated the No.3 player in the country, 6-4,6-2. Christina Rosca, and Amanda Meyer also won their singles match to clinch it at 4-0.

The No.2 ranked Dores are now 26-3. Another big test on Saturday versus FSU., The Seminoles defeated Florida, 4-3, yesterday. So tremendous test for our women. But as always, they'll be ready.