Vandy hurler adds another win
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 7:00 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Philip Pfeifer won more games than any high school pitcher in the state of Tennessee.
Now he can add a pivotal win in college to his resume.
The left-hander scattered four hits in five scoreless innings to lead No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt to a 7-1 win over Georgia Tech in an NCAA regional championship game Monday night.
The Commodores (54-10) tied the program record for single-season wins claiming their fourth regional championship and third in four years. They advance to host Louisville in a super regional.
Coach Tim Corbin notified Pfeifer (4-0) earlier Monday morning he would start the winner-take-all game after Vanderbilt lost to the Yellow Jackets 5-0 on Sunday.
“It was my turn to defend the program,” Pfeifer said. “You’ve got people who stuck around and came back for this moment. Just being able to be a part of making it worth it for them is a huge deal to me.”
Pfeifer, who won 46 games in high school and four state championships, struck out just two but wiggled out of numerous jams.
The sophomore benefited from double plays in the opening two frames, stranded a pair of runners the next couple innings and retired the side in order in the fifth.
He handed the ball over to closer Brian Miller, who allowed just one run on no hits in the final four innings.
“He kept us off-balance and was consistently pounding the inside corner to the righties,” Georgia Tech designated hitter Zane Evans said about Pfeifer. “That gave us some trouble with his velocity and his delivery. It was kind of sneaky, getting on you pretty fast.”
Vanderbilt made sure to provide run support early, scoring in three of the first five frames.
Buck Farmer (9-5) was tagged with the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits in four innings.
The right-hander was pitching on one day’s rest after throwing just 58 pitches in six scoreless innings on Saturday against East Tennessee State.
It was far from smooth sailing against Vanderbilt, which forced 26 pitches from Farmer in the first.
“For any team to get the starting pitcher’s count up in the first inning is huge,” Farmer said. “Striking first in baseball is key.”
Published in The Messenger 6.4.13