Vandy Baseball: Taking care of business

Remember that old song, "Taking Care of Business"? It's a song I hope the Commodores will be singing this weekend versus the Stanford Cardinal.

Stanford rallied for a 5-4 win over national seed Indiana to gain a berth in a Super Regional. They got a 2-run walk off home run in the ninth inning to pull off the victory. Because of the Cardinal win Vanderbilt will host Stanford for a best of three playoff in Music City. Vandy was snubbed for a national seed a week ago after the NCAA opted for Florida and LSU over Vandy even though the 'Dores had series wins over both teams. Now, with both the mighty Gators and Tigers sitting at home, Vanderbilt will have a chance to earn its second ever trip to Omaha.

Vanderbilt and Stanford are very familiar with each other. The Commodores swept the Cards in series played from Feb. 28-Mar. 2. Vandy won by a combined 18-4 score but hopefully the 'Dores will erase that memory from their craniums. You see a lot has happened since that 3-game stanza. For one thing, both the 'Dores and Cardinal have gotten more experienced and wiser.

Hopefully the veteran Commodores will brief the youngsters about last season's disaster when Vandy handled Louisville during the regular season 10-2 on the road only to lose two close games to the Cards in the 2013 Nashville Super Regional.

Sure there are friendly feelings toward the Cardinal. Stanford is a nationally recognized university with high academic standards, like Vanderbilt. New Commodore head coach Derek Mason previously coached at Stanford and will likely be sitting the stands watching the 'Dores play his former school. Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director David Williams will probably get a chance this weekend to work out a much anticipated 2-game football series with his Stanford counterpart.

In a nutshell, these scrappy Commodores need to play like they are playing the New York Yankees. Overlooking Stanford could be a disaster. We all remember the disappointment of 2007 when one of the best college teams ever to play failed to get out of its own regional. No one wants a repeat of 2013 when the winningest SEC team ever fell to Louisville.

Hosting your own regional is cool but you'd better take care of business. Don't think Stanford can crash the Commodores dreams? Just ask No. 4 national seed Indiana about Stanford. The Commodores need to focus on only one thing this weekend: Stanford is the one obstacle in them getting back to Omaha.

And if the 'Dores get through that obstacle anything can happen. Top Stories