Vanderbilt will face Georgia on Wednesday in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Georgia is one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning 14 of its last 15 games. This will be Vanderbilt's tenth appearance in the 30 year history of the tournament.
No. 6 Seed Vanderbilt
(33-23, 16-14 SEC) vs. No. 3 Seed
(38-17, 18-12 SEC)
First Round SEC Tournament
24 1 p.m.
Hoover Met Stadium (10,800) Hoover, Ala.
vs. UGA: Georgia leads 111-87 all-time. The teams first met in 1897.
Last Two Years
April 16, 2006 Vanderbilt 11, Georgia 3 Nashville
April 15, 2006
Vanderbilt 5, Georgia 4 Nashville
April 14, 2006 Georgia 9, Vanderbilt 7
May 8, 2005 Georgia 6, Vanderbilt 2 Athens
May 7, 2005
Vanderbilt 6, Georgia 5 Athens
May 6, 2005 Georgia 4, Vanderbilt 3
Vanderbilt is ranked 30th in CB. Georgia is ranked No. 9 in BA, No. 10 in
CB, No. 11 by EC and No. 15 by the NCBWA.
VU's Tim Corbin is 139-89 in his fourth season as head coach. He is 7-6
against UGA. UGA's Dave Perno is 174-120 in his fifth season in Athens. He is
9-7 against VU.
All three games can be heard locally on WNSR 560 AM. Joe Fisher will call
all of the action. Teamline will have the broadcast via telephone and internet.
The phone number to dial is 1-800-846-4700. Passcode: 0668 Check www.vucommodores.com
for more info. Every
game of the SEC tournament will be televised by either Comcast Sports Southeast
(CSS) or Fox Sports Net (FSN). The VU-UGA game will be televised by CSS. Check
listings for availability in your area.
Probable Starter Notes
No. Pos. Player GP-GS Avg. HR RBI
15 C/DH Brian Hernandez
55-55 .301 2 37 18-for-33 last eight
28 1B Brad French
30-17 .297 3 15 5-for-14 (.357), 1 HR, 1 3B last
8 2B Alex Feinberg
47-45 .308 0 19 43 of his 52 hits are singles.
SS Ryan Flaherty
53-52 .358 2 40 8-for-16 last week, 4 R.
24 3B Pedro Alvarez
55-54 .330 17 55 8-for-16 in four games last week.
3 LF Dominic de la Osa
53-52 .300 7 40 Started last four games in LF.
1 CF David Macias
55-54 .324 1
20 Fourth in SEC with 13 HBP.
33 RF Ryan Davis
47-42 .346 2 25 Hitting .340
in SEC play (2nd on club).
17 DH/ C Shea Robin
50-47 .317 5 32 Has hit safely
in 15 of last 16 games.
What's On Tap
Vanderbilt opens postseason play this week at the SEC Tournament in Hoover,
Ala. The Commodores finished the regular season with a 33-23 overall record and
a 16-14 mark in league play. They are the sixth seed in the tourney and will
face the No. 3 seed Georgia on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Hoover Met. Should
Vanderbilt win they would face the winner of the No. 2 seed Kentucky
-No. 7 seed
South Carolina game on Thursday at 5 p.m. If the Dores were to fall to UGA, they
would face the loser of the above mentioned contest on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Commodore SEC Tournament History
Vanderbilt is making its 10th SEC Tournament appearance in the 30 year
history of the event. It is the third time in four years under head coach Tim
Corbin that they have made the tourney, which is the best run since the team
made the 1992-96 events. The Commodores have had some success when qualifying
with a championship in 1980 and two runner-up finishes in 1994 and most recently
in 2004. VU is 16-17 all-time in the tourney and 3-3 under Tim Corbin. Two of
the three losses were by one run and the other was a 3-1 decision against Auburn
Georgia is the hottest team in the conference entering the tournament after
winning 13 of its last 14 games including a series win over SEC co-champion
Kentucky last weekend in Athens. After dropping two of three to both Vanderbilt
in April, the Bulldogs rolled off impressive sweeps over Florida
South Carolina and Auburn before taking two from UK to end the year with a 38-17
record overall and 18-12 mark in league play. Centerfielder Joey Side
is one of
the top outfielders in the conference with a .347 batting average to go along
with 17 doubles, five triples and nine homers. First baseman Josh Morris
second in the SEC with 20 homers to go along with a .322 batting average and 59
RBI. The Bulldogs are hitting .308 as a team with 62 homers and 379 runs scored
this year (6.9 per game).
Southpaw Mickey Westphal (6-0, 4.76 ERA) is slated to start against the
Commodores on Wednesday. He went seven innings in his start against Vandy on
April 15th and gave up three runs on eight hits with a strikeout and two walks
in the no decision. UGA has one of the top closers in the country in Joshua Fields
(2-2, 1.77 ERA, 14 saves). They also have one of the top middle relievers
in the conference in Rip Warren
(8-2, 3.04 ERA). The Bulldogs have a team ERA of
4.50 with 389 strikeouts and 172 walks in 496.0 innings.
No. R/L Player W-L ERA Last Start W-L IP H R ER BB SO
49 L Mickey
Westphal 6-0 4.76 vs. Kentucky (5/18) ND 3.0 8 7 7 1 1
Vanderbilt has won two of the last three series against Georgia ... Prior
to that UGA had swept the season series from from 2001-03 ... The Commodores are
3-0 against the Bulldogs in the SEC tournament. VU won 6-0 the last time out in
the 2004 tourney.
vs. Georgia All-Time in the Tournament:
2004 Vanderbilt 6, Georgia
1994 Vanderbilt 6, Georgia 1
1990 Vanderbilt 6, Georgia 3
Against The Bracket
The bracket consists of four SEC East teams (No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Georgia,
No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 7 South Carolina). The Commodores went 5-4 against the
field with all of the series played in Nashville this season. Stats against the
teams can be found later in the postseason book.
Vs. No. 2 Seed Kentucky:
April 28, 2006 Vanderbilt 8, Kentucky 6 WP:
April 29, 2006 Kentucky 11, Vanderbilt 9 LP: Ty Davis
April 30, 2006 Kentucky 12, Vanderbilt 9 LP: Cody Crowell
Kentucky All-Time in the Tournament (1-1):
1995 Kentucky 9, Vanderbilt
1994 Vanderbilt 15, Kentucky 6
Vs. No. 7 Seed South Carolina:
May 18, 2006 Vanderbilt 8, South Carolina
7 WP: Casey Weathers
May 19, 2006 Vanderbilt 10, South Carolina 6 WP:
David Price (8-4)
May 20, 2006 South Carolina 6, Vanderbilt 3 LP: Ty Davis
vs. South Carolina All-Time in the Tournament (1-3):
Carolina 3, Vanderbilt 2 (Championship Game)
2003 South Carolina 3,
1993 Vanderbilt 11, South Carolina 7
1992 South Carolina 14,
Outside of Kentucky, Vanderbilt has the least amount of SEC tournament
experience entering Wednesday's contest. Only three players have seen any action
in the tourney, with four at-bats total on the offensive end. This will be the
first time all nine of the everyday starters have played in the SEC tourney.
Reserve senior infielder Rucker Taylor
played in a game in 2003 against South
Carolina, but did not have an at-bat. Junior pitcher Stephen Shao
against Florida in the 2004 tourney as the starting leftfielder at the time.
Matt Buschmann did not pitch in 2003 and then went 8.1 innings against the
Gators in 2004, allowing three runs on six hits with a strikeout and two walks.
Shao pitched two scoreless innings against South Carolina with three strikeouts
in the championship game in 2004.
The Commodores tied a school record with 16 SEC wins this season (first set
in 2004) ... Vanderbilt is making its third SEC tournament appearance in four
seasons under head coach Tim Corbin. Pedro Alvarez had two homers last
week and has a school freshman record of 17 on the year. Brian Hernandez
was 10-for-17 (.588) last week in leading the Commodores to a 3-1 week,
including a series win over South Carolina over the weekend. At one point
Hernandez had nine hits in nine official at-bats in the series. A sacrifice fly
during that streak, prevented him from tying the school record of nine
consecutive hits. He is 18-for-33 (.545) in the last eight games and has raised
his average from .258 to .301 to end the regular season ... Ryan Flaherty went
8-for-16 with a double, four runs and four RBI in four games last week. He was
6-for-10 with four RBI and three runs scored in the two wins against the
Gamecocks. He finished the regular season as the team's leading hitter at .358
... Reliever Casey Weathers came up big in two relief appearances against South
Carolina over the weekend. He came into Thursday's 7-7 tie game in the ninth
with the go ahead run at second and struck out the first batter he faced. He
picked up the win as the Commodores scored the winning run in the bottom of the
ninth. Weathers then came into Friday's game in the eighth, with the Dores
clinging to a 7-6 lead and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up
SEC Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, May 24
G1: #7 South Carolina vs. #2 Kentucky 10 a.m.
G2: #6 Vanderbilt vs. #3
Georgia 1 p.m.
G3: #8 LSU
vs. #1 Alabama
G4: #5 Ole Miss
Thursday, May 25
G5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 10 a.m.
G6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser
Game 4 1 p.m.
G7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 5 p.m.
G8: Winner Game 3
vs. Winner Game 4 8 p.m.
Friday, May 26
G9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 3 p.m.
G10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser
Game 8 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 27
G11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 10 a.m.
G12: Winner Game 8 vs.
Winner Game 10 1:30 p.m.
G13*: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11 5
G14*: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 28
G15*: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 3 p.m.
• Game 13 will be
necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins game 11.
• Game 14 will be
necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12. If Game 13 is not
necessary, Game 14 would start at 5 p.m.
• If both bracket winners are
undefeated, there will be no 5 or 8:30 p.m. games on Saturday and
championship game will be the 13th game, which will be played on