Vanderbilt-Georgia/SEC Tourney notes

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 Georgia (38-17, 18-12 SEC)
First Round SEC Tournament
Wednesday, May 24  1 p.m.
Hoover Met Stadium (10,800)  Hoover, Ala.
Series History
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 Nashville
May 8, 2005 Georgia 6, Vanderbilt 2 Athens
May 7, 2005 Vanderbilt 6, Georgia 5 Athens
May 6, 2005 Georgia 4, Vanderbilt 3 Athens
The Polls
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.
The Coaches
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 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 your local
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Probable Starter Notes
Position Players
No. Pos. Player GP-GS Avg. HR RBI Notes
15 C/DH Brian Hernandez 55-55 .301 2 37 18-for-33 last eight games.
28 1B Brad French 30-17 .297 3 15 5-for-14 (.357), 1 HR, 1 3B last week.
8 2B Alex Feinberg 47-45 .308 0 19 43 of his 52 hits are singles.
22 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.

Starting Pitcher
No. R/L Player W-L ERA Last Appearance W-L IP H R ER BB SO
26 R Matt Buschmann 4-4 4.52 vs. South Carolina(5/18) ND 6.0 7 7 7 1 7
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 in 2003.
Scouting Georgia
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 and Tennessee 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 is 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.
Probable Starter
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
Series Notes
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 0
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: David Price (6-3)
April 29, 2006 Kentucky 11, Vanderbilt 9 LP: Ty Davis (5-4)
April 30, 2006 Kentucky 12, Vanderbilt 9 LP: Cody Crowell (4-2)
vs. Kentucky All-Time in the Tournament (1-1):
1995 Kentucky 9, Vanderbilt 5
1994 Vanderbilt 15, Kentucky 6
Vs. No. 7 Seed South Carolina:
May 18, 2006 Vanderbilt 8, South Carolina 7 WP: Casey Weathers (1-1)
May 19, 2006 Vanderbilt 10, South Carolina 6 WP: David Price (8-4)
May 20, 2006 South Carolina 6, Vanderbilt 3 LP: Ty Davis (5-5)
vs. South Carolina All-Time in the Tournament (1-3):
2004 South Carolina 3, Vanderbilt 2 (Championship Game)
2003 South Carolina 3, Vanderbilt 2
1993 Vanderbilt 11, South Carolina 7
1992 South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 1
Tournament Experience
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 was 0-for-4 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.
Commodore Tidbits
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 the save.
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 5 p.m.
G4: #5 Ole Miss vs. #4 Arkansas 8 p.m.
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 p.m.
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
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