Commodore Baseball Update

No. 1 in the nation? 35-8? No. 1 in the SEC East? No. 1 in the RPI? It sure sounds good to us! Here's an update on the mighty Vanderbilt Commdores baseball team.

Vandy in the SEC

 

Vanderbilt is currently 12-6 in SEC (35-8 overall), which puts them two games ahead of South Carolina and Florida (both 10-8).   Kentucky (7-10-1), Tennessee (6-10) and Georgia (6-12) bring up the rear of the east.  In the west Arkansas sports the best conference record (13-5) and has the tiebreaker over Vanderbilt for the SEC regular season title because the Hogs took two of three from the Commodores in Fayetteville. 

 

Vandy in the Polls

 

Vanderbilt moved up to No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll (Florida State is No. 1).  The Commodores stayed No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and Baseball America polls (Florida State is No. 2 in both those polls). 

 

The SEC and the RPI

 

Vanderibilt is currently ranked No. 1 nationally Warren Nolan's College Baseball RPIs.  The 'Dores are followed by  Rice (2), South Carolina (3), Texas A&M (4), Texas (5) and Mississippi State (6).  Nolan rates the remaining SEC teams as Ole Miss (9), Arkansas (13), Florida (33), LSU (37), Auburn (40), Kentucky (57), Alabama (73), Tennessee (88) and Georgia (129). 

 

Nick Christiani makes SEC comeback

 

After being moved to mid week status Vanderbilt Nick Christiani came on strong during the Tennessee series.  Christiani pitched five solid innings in Sunday's sweeping win over the Vols, allowing just one run and two hits.   Un-freshman like Mike Minor continues to impress.  Minor currently possesses a 7-0 record and spiffy 2.0 ERA.  David Price, also 7-0, was spectacular in Friday's 3-1 win over UT.  He struck out an incredible 14 batters and walked none.   Unlike years past, there is no question who Vandy's closer is in 2007. Casey Weathers did everything asked of him during the weekend series vs. the Vols.  He picked up two huge saves while striking out five and even picked up a win in Sunday's game. 

  

Feinberg and de la Osa have good weeks

 

Dominic de la Osa also was 7 for 18 with two homers over for the week.  He also had six RBI and scored four runs.   De la Osa also now has 10 homers on the season which is  a career high for him.  Alex Feinberg also had a good week, also finishing with 7 for 18 batting.

 

Tennessee Tech/Florida on deck

 

It'll be home sweet home again for the Commodores this week as Tennessee Tech visits on Wednesday (6 p.m.)   This weekend Vanderbilt faces another critical 3-game series against Florida.  Friday's game starts at 7 p.m. while Saturday's gets going at 3 p.m. (SUN TV).  Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m. (CSS TV). 

 

Key SEC match up (other than  Vanderbilt-Florida)

 

Arkansas at Auburn.   After a rough start in the SEC, the Tigers have shown much improvement in recent weeks.  If Auburn can surprise Arkansas and take the series it certainly helps Vandy's SEC regular season title hopes. 

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