Commodore Baseball Update

As the regular season winds down, Vanderbilt won 2 of 3 during a sometimes wild weekend in Athens. This weekend the Black and Gold heads down to Auburn to take on a dangerous Tiger team.

Vanderbilt in the SEC

Vanderbilt (41-9, 17-7 SEC) has a 4 game lead in the East over South Carolina and a 5 game lead over Florida with 6 conference games remaining. For the overall conference lead, Vanderbilt has a slim, 1 game lead over Arkansas (36-14, 16-8 SEC). The Razorbacks have a 2 game lead over Mississippi State in the West.

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 dropped to No. 2 nationally, behind No. 1 Rice, according to Warren Nolan's College Baseball RPIs. The 'Dores are followed by North Carolina (3), Texas (4), South Carolina (5) and Mississippi State (6). Nolan rates the remaining SEC teams as Ole Miss (12), Arkansas (13), Florida (31), LSU (37), Auburn (46), Kentucky (49), Tennessee (61), Alabama (69), and Georgia (90).

Price keeps striking 'em out

David Price struck out 8 on Friday against Georgia. He now has 143 strikes this season and just 23 walks. Relief pitcher Casey Weathers leads the Commodores in victories with 9. Ty Davis looked great in relief of Cody Crowell on Sunday. Davis allowed no hits and walked none during 6 2/3 innings of work.

Alex Feinberg on fire

Alex Feinberg went 5 for 5 with 6 RBIs in helping the Commodores score a 15-4 Sunday romp over Georgia. Feinberg finished the game with a home run, a double and 3 singles. Sunday's outstanding performance increases Feinberg's average to .337 and gives him an impressive 36 RBIs on the season. Feinberg went an impressive 7-for-11 (.636) for the weekend in Athens. Ryan Flaherty 7-for-14 (.500), Dominic de la Osa 6-for-13 (.462) and Matt Meingasner 3-for-8 (.375) also had great series against Georgia. The Commodores are currently batting .330 as a team and that ties Mississippi State for the best team batting average in the SEC.

Vandy visits War Eagle country

Vanderbilt hits the road for its final road trip of the SEC regular season. Vandy will visit Auburn this weekend, Friday's game starts at 6 p.m.; Saturday's at 2 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m. and can be heard on 560 WNSR. The Tigers are 28-22 (7-17 SEC) and were swept by a surging Mississippi State team last weekend.

Other Key SEC match ups

Arkansas at Alabama. Last weekend Arkansas was stunned before huge, record setting home crowds by once mighty LSU. This weekend the Hogs will need a good showing at Alabama to have a chance to catch up with Vanderbilt.

Florida at LSU. The winner of this series will likely make the SEC tournament. The lose might not. Florida (25-24, 12-12 SEC) got the job done last weekend against Alabama, winning 2 of 3. As noted earlier, the Tigers (28-21-1, 11-12-1 SEC) got it done at Arkansas. This weekend something has got to give when the Gators and the Tigers square off in Baton Rouge, La. Top Stories