Commodore Baseball Update

Three series remain on the regular season schedule before it's tournament time for the No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. Here's a look back at what happened over the past week and what's going on this weekend.

Vanderbilt in the SEC

Vanderbilt and Arkansas each lead their divisions with 15-6 records. In the East Vanderbilt is four games ahead of South Carolina and five ahead of Florida. Kentucky (9-11-1), Tennessee (8-11) and Georgia (7-14) bring up the rear of the east. Arkansas, of course, leads in the west and has the tiebreaker edge over Vanderbilt.

Vandy in the Polls

Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the three major polls, which include the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the USA Today/ESPN Top 25, and the Baseball America polls.

The SEC and the RPI

Vanderbilt is currently ranked No. 1 nationally according to Warren Nolan's College Baseball RPIs. The 'Dores are followed by Rice (2), Texas (3), North Carolina (4), South Carolina (5) and Mississippi State (6). Nolan rates the remaining SEC teams as Arkansas (8), Ole Miss (9), Florida (34), Auburn (42), LSU (43), Kentucky (55), Alabama (62), Tennessee (71) and Georgia (98).

Commodore pitchers shine

All-American David Price (8-0) continued his remarkable season, striking out 13 in a Friday win over Florida. Ty Davis stepped up on Saturday, striking out 7 and allowing just 1 earned run in another win over Florida. Cody Crowell picked up a career high 11 Ks in Sunday's sweeping win over the Gators. The three winning pitchers combined for 31 strikeouts on the weekend. Closer Casey Weathers is 8-2 and has a spiffy 1.57 ERA.

Dominic de la Osa named SEC hitter of the week

Dominic de la Osa was named SEC Hitter of the Week on Monday. He was 11 for 17 (.647) and had 5 doubles, 3 homers, and 9 RBIs in four games last week. During VU's sweep of Florida he batted .647 (11 for 17) and had 2 homers and 7 RBIs.

Ryan Flaherty also had a great week at the plate going 9 for 16 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBIs. Ryan Davis looked good in three starts, going 5 for 10 with four RBIs.

Commodores set team SEC records

The 40 runs scored on the weekend were the most ever for Vandy in a three-game SEC series. The sweeps over the Vols and Gators marked the first time VU has ever swept back to back three game conference series.

On the road again

Vanderbilt hits the road for its final road trip of the SEC regular season. Vandy will face Georgia this Friday (5 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) before visiting Auburn next weekend. The Bulldogs and Tigers each currently have 7-14 conference records.

Key SEC match ups

Every game is key this weekend as all 12 teams still have a shot at making it to the SEC Tournament. However, the Alabama-Florida series stands out the most of all the SEC series this weekend. Both a 10-11 which means one will end up at least at .500 in the conference while the other will fall deeper behind in the race for a spot in the conference tourney.

NOTE: The scheduled May 8th game with MTSU has been cancelled.


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