Baseball senior day photos

On Saturday afternoon before the final regular season game of the season, the Vanderbilt baseball team honored the team's three seniors, Rucker Taylor, Brian Hernandez, and Matt Buschmann. Whitney D shares these photos from the afternoon. (Click on thumbnails to view a larger image.)

As the seniors were introduced, they carried yellow roses to give to their mothers, grandmothers, and sisters.

Matt Buschmann and family with Coach Corbin

Brian Hernadez and family with Coach Corbin

Rucker Taylor and family with Coach Corbin

The three seniors, their families, and the coach

When you're honoring three seniors, who should throw out the first pitch? How about three first pitches? The seniors wait . . . .

. . . and their dads throw them the first pitch of the game, all three of them.

Kevin Colon, Director of Sports Operations, applauds the seniors.

Matt Buschmann, Rucker Taylor, and Brian Hernandez

And then there was a game. Hernandez was behind the plate. In his first two at bats, he had two hits, capping a string of nine hits in nine official at bats.

As usual, Frank the Dancing Dog got smiles from the crowd. On this hot, sunny afternoon, he was probably a hotter hot dog than usual.

"Blue" had lots of opportunities to chat with the coaches during the game. With Vanderbilt trailing 4-1, Coach Corbin thought that Brad French was hit by a pitch, but Blue said, "No".

After French grounded out, and David Macius walked, Pedro Alvarez came to the plate. . .

. . . and hit the ball over the right field fence to cut the South Carolina lead to 4-3. As it turned out, those would be Vanderbilt's last runs of the day. South Caroline added a run in each of the 8th and 9th innings to claim the 6-3 victory, thus avoiding a series sweep by the Commodores.

With the loss Vanderbilt finishes the regular season with an overall record of 33-23. Their 16-14 finish in the SEC gives them the sixth seed in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama this week. In their first game of the tournament, the 'Dores will face the Georgia Bulldogs at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

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Photos copyright 2006 by Whitney D for Top Stories