Originally created 05/26/06

Commodores shut down Gamecocks



HOOVER, Ala. - David Price hurled a complete game and Pedro Alvarez and Dominic de la Osa hit homers as Vanderbilt beat South Carolina 11-1 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Price went all seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight.

Vanderbilt (35-23) broke the game open with six runs in the third inning. It was fueled by Alvarez' two-run homer and de la Osa's 3-run shot.

Ryan Flaherty and Brian Hernandez had two RBI for the winners.

The Commodores roughed up South Carolina starter Jeff Jeffords for seven hits and six run in 2Q innings.

South Carolina drops into the losers' bracket, where the Gamecocks will take on Georgia today.

James Darnell had two of South Carolina's hits. Mark Stanley, Phil Disher, Andrew Crisp and Reese Haven had one hit each for the Gamecocks (37-21).

ALABAMA 4, ARKANSAS 3

Wade LeBlanc pitched seven shutout innings as Alabama broke open a scoreless game in the seventh for a 4-3 victory over Arkansas.

The Crimson Tide (40-18), the tournament's top seed, advances to play the loser of Thursday night's late game between Louisiana State and Mississippi. The fourth-seeded Razorbacks (38-19) were knocked out of the double-elimination tournament.

LeBlanc (10-0) retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. He struck out nine and allowed only five hits before leaving the game after throwing 109 pitches.

Arkansas starter Daryl Maday (2-2) gave up only two hits through the first four innings, then worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. But Maday and reliever Devin Collis were touched for four runs in the seventh.

Alabama pecked out the runs with three consecutive singles, an error, three bunts and a sacrifice fly. Greg Paiml started the scoring with a hard-hit grounder that Arkansas third baseman Blake Parker knocked down but then briefly lost, allowing Kent Matthes to score from third.

Emeel Salem, Matt Downs and David Ferazza followed with run-scoring bunts, giving the Tide a 4-0 lead.

The Razorbacks nearly came back off Alabama reliever Jordan Davis. After Craig Gentry singled and James Ewing drew a walk,

Arkansas designated hitter David Hum hit a home run that barely cleared the right-field wall, slicing the Tide's lead to 4-3.

The Tide's David Robertson came in and picked up the save, striking out three of four batters. Salem went 2-for-3 and Brandon Belcher was 2-for-4 for the Tide.