VU Baseball gets highest ranking ever

NASHVILLE-- The Vanderbilt baseball program achieved its highest ever ranking today as Collegiate Baseball ranked the squad No. 3 in its weekly poll.

The Commodores (3-0) swept through an impressive field at the Houston College Classic with wins over three Top 25 ranked teams, including then-No. 1 Rice in the season opener last Friday.

VU's highest ranking prior to today was No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball in March of 1973.

Clemson, which has yet to play a game this year, moved into the top spot and South Carolina, which went 3-0 over the weekend, moved into the No. 2 spot.

Baseball America tabbed VU No. 4 this week behind Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In addition to the team honors, a couple of players were honored for their performances at the plate. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez and centerfielder David Macias were named to the Houston Classic All-Tournament team, with Alvarez earned Player of the Week honors from the SEC.

Alvarez went 7-for-14 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and five RBI in the Commodores' three games, including a 2-for-5 day with three RBI in VU's win over No. 1 Rice. He followed that performance with a 3-for-4 day, including a homer and two RBI against Arizona State. The New York City native closed out the tourney with two more hits against Baylor on Sunday.

Macias was 4-for-11 (.364) with six runs scored and sported a .533 on base percentage as the leadoff hitter.

Vanderbilt opens its home campaign this weekend with a three-game series against Ohio University. First pitch on Friday is at 4 p.m., with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday. Single game tickets throughout the month of February are $1 through the Vanderbilt ticket office at (615) 322-GOLD. Top Stories