Vanderbilt baseball sweeps Wagner in weekend series before SEC play

Not everything went to plan for Vanderbilt baseball (13-2) against Wagner (1-12). In the first half of a Friday doubleheader, the Commodores, reigning national runners-up, trailed by three runs in the sixth inning against a team that has won one game all season. Then, junior right-hander Nick Maldonado, the scheduled Sunday starter, had to be scratched due to an oblique injury.

Despite those hiccups, though, Vanderbilt swept the series with scores of 12-7, 13-0 and 15-5, scoring 33 unanswered runs after going down 7-4 in the first game. The Commodores’ 12-game winning streak is the longest since 2019.

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Maldonado has had an up-and-down season after moving from the bullpen to the rotation. He has a 1.50 ERA but hasn’t lasted past the fourth inning in any of his starts and has just struckout seven in 12 innings. Maldonado’s injury isn’t expected to be long-term, but coach Tim Corbin isn’t sure when he’ll be back.

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