Vanderbilt Baseball Notes

Vanderbilt won a big series at LSU last weekend. The Commodores face another challenge when they host South Carolina this weekend. Below are Vanderbilt notes, SEC Standings and an SEC Tournament race update.

SEC STANDINGS
(As of May 15)

EASTERN DIVISION
                 SEC    Pct.  Overall   Pct.
Kentucky        19-8   .704    40-11   .784
Georgia         16-11  .593    35-16   .686
South Carolina  14-13  .519    34-18   .654
Vanderbilt      14-13  .519    30-22   .577
Tennessee       11-15  .423    30-21   .588
Florida          8-19  .296    26-27   .491
 
WESTERN DIVISION
                 SEC    Pct.  Overall   Pct.
Alabama         17-10  .630    36-17   .679
Ole Miss        15-12  .556    33-19   .635
Arkansas        15-12  .556    35-17   .673
LSU             12-15  .444    33-19   .635
Miss. State     11-15  .423    33-19   .635
Auburn           9-18  .333    22-31   .415


ROAD TO HOOVER

SEC TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS AS OF 5/15/06

  1. *KENTUCKY
  2. *ALABAMA  
  3. *GEORGIA
  4. *OLE MISS (2-1 vs. Arkansas)
  5. *ARKANSAS (1-2 vs. Ole Miss)
6/7. SOUTH CAROLINA (Yet to play VU)
6/7. VANDERBILT (Yet to play USC)
  8. LSU
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  9. MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-0 vs. Tennessee)
 10. TENNESSEE (0-2 vs. Mississippi State)
#11. AUBURN
#12. FLORIDA
* Clinched a SEC Tournament Berth
# Eliminated from SEC Tournament Contention
 

VANDERBILT NOTES

Overall: 30-22

SEC: 14-13 (T-3rd in SEC East)

Last Week: 2-2

5/10     Lipscomb                    L          8-11

5/12     LSU                             L          3-4

5/13     LSU                             W        19-4

5/14     LSU                             W        8-4

This Week's Schedule

5/16     Middle Tennessee       6 p.m.

5/18     South Carolina 6 p.m.

5/19     South Carolina 6 p.m.

5/20     South Carolina 1 p.m.

Player of the Week Nominee

Catcher Brian Hernandez

In four games last week he went 8-for-16 with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI and six runs scored. Hernandez was the key figure in the Commodores series win over LSU this weekend in Baton Rouge.  In Saturday's 19-4 decision over the Tigers, Hernandez hit two homers and had five RBI to help lead the Commodore 21-hit attack. Then in Sunday's game he came up huge in the fifth inning of a 3-3 game, producing a bases loaded single that scored two runs to give Vanderbilt the lead that they would not relinquish. All nine of his RBI came in the three games against LSU with four runs scored.

Commodore Notes:

Vanderbilt went 2-2 on the week and are now 30-22 on the year and in a tie for third place in the SEC East and sixth place overall ... They reached the 30 win mark for the third straight season under head coach Tim Corbin, marking the first time that has been done since Larry Schmittou's Commodores did it five years in a row (1971-75) … The Commodores hit .359 in the four games with eight homers and 38 runs scored and are now hitting a season high .303 as a team ... The pitching staff allowed 23 runs and had a 5.91 ERA ... Brian Hernandez went 8-for-16 on the week with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI and six runs scored … Ryan Davis was 7-for-20 (.350) on the week with a homer, double and seven RBI. He had a career day with five hits in the win on Saturday over LSU and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle … Shea Robin had a hit in all four games this week to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He went 8-for-18 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and four runs scored … David Macias was 7-for-16 (.438) with five runs scored. He also walked four times and had a .524 on base percentage … Brad French got his second SEC start of the year on Saturday at first base and delivered with three hits, including a three-run homer to cap a seven run first inning. He was 3-for-7 (.429) with a homer and four RBI offensively, while also playing a spotless first in 18 chances … Pedro Alvarez hit his team leading 15th homer in Wednesday's contest against Lipscomb. He finished 6-for-17 (.353) on the week with six runs scored … David Price notched his seventh win of the year in Saturday's win over LSU. He gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings of work with eight strikeouts, that gave him 130 for the year, one shy of the school record of 131 set by Doug Wessel in 1971 … Tyler Rhoden moved to 3-0 on the year after picking up the win in Sunday's contest … Freshman Nick Christiani recorded his third save of the year in Sunday's win. He pitched three scoreless innings with a walk and three strikeouts … Senior Matt Buschmann had his second straight quality start without getting the win in Friday's loss to LSU. He held the Tigers to two runs on five hits in seven innings of work and left the game with a 3-1 lead in the eighth … The Commodores 19 runs scored against LSU on Saturday was the most by the school since scoring 19 against Central Michigan in 2003. It was the most in SEC play since scoring 19 against Alabama in the 1992 season. The win was the biggest in terms of run differential against LSU in school history … The series win over LSU was the first over the Tigers since the 2003 season and second series win in the last three trips to Baton Rouge (won two in 2002) … VU won three of its five SEC series on the road this season … the series win was the first since taking two of three against Georgia in Nashville (April 14-16) (had lost three in a row since) … The SEC picture is still up in the air for the Commodores as they can finish as high as third and as low as 10th after next weekend's games.


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