Coming into the season folks knew the Commodore baseball team was going to be good. Few, however, knew they would be this good.
The No.2 'Dores moved to 33-4 on the season with their 14th straight win and in doing so completed a sweep of Missouri. That sweep added another record to this season of landmarks as Vanderbilt swept its third straight SEC opponent, a feat that the school has never accomplished before.
The Commodore bats were ready on Sunday producing their best offensive display of the season in churning out 16 runs on 18 hits. Jumping on top early, Vanderbilt scored four runs in the first two innings before completely taking the game over with a six run fourth to all but end the game. One aspect that the hitting coaches will be very pleased with is that the team scored at least one run on each of the five Tiger pitchers they faced. That is as sure a sign as you will ever see that the hitters are zoned in right now and seeing the ball as well as they possibly can.
The irony of these offensive explosions is that the Vanderbilt pitching staff is getting far more run support than they need. During this streak the 'Dores have only given up more than six runs on one occasion (a 12-8 win over Tennessee) and the rotation has looked outstanding at times. If they have not peaked too early, and there is no reason to think this is the case, then a deep run in the College World Series in on the horizon.
This current winning streak looks great at 14, but the 'Dores are quickly closing in on the longest such stretch in school history. The 2007 version of the Commodores started the season by rattling off 19 straight wins so we are just five victories away from matching that number. A single game against a defensively outstanding Tennessee Tech squad on Tuesday should not be overlooked, but taking care of business would set up a sweepable series against a Georgia squad that is just 3-12 in conference play. Then comes a matchup with Louisville.
As dominant as these 'Dores are, don't rule it out.
Vanderbilt Baseball Just Keeps Rolling
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