Vanderbilt in the SEC
Vanderbilt (43-10, 19-8 SEC) has a 4 game lead in the East over South Carolina and a 5 game lead over Florida with 3 conference games remaining. For the overall conference lead, Vanderbilt has a 2 game lead over Arkansas (37-16, 17-10 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 remains 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), Texas A&M (5) and South Carolina (6). Nolan rates the remaining SEC teams as Ole Miss (12), Arkansas (15), Mississippi State (16), Florida (34), Auburn (44), Kentucky (49), LSU (50), Tennessee (58), Alabama (59), and Georgia (76).
Vanderbilt wins SEC East
Vanderbilt picked up its first divisional championship since 1974 when they defeated Auburn on Saturday. The Commodores have a chance to pick up their first SEC Conference title since 1980 with a series win this weekend.
Hard hitting Commodores
Vanderbilt leads the SEC in hitting with a .329 average. Vandy pounded home 20 runs and had 5 home runs against Auburn over the weekend. Pedro Alvarez bombed the Tigers as he had 6 hits in 12 at bats. Dominic de la Osa tallied a .462 average for the Auburn series and had 3 doubles. Shea Robin had 5 hits along with Ryan Flaherty, who has a 21 game hitting streak.
Commodores come home and host LSU
After a 6 game road trip Vanderbilt returns home for a Thursday through Saturday series with much improved LSU. LSU (29-23-1, 12-14-1 SEC) must win 2 of 3 at Vanderbilt to have a chance to make the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt must win 2 of 3 over the Tigers to be assured the SEC Regular season championship. Thursday and Friday's games start at 7 p.m. Saturday's action starts at noon.
Other Key SEC match ups (other than Vanderbilt-LSU)
Alabama at Mississippi State- Both teams need a series win to be assured a spot in the SEC Tourney. State may get in with just 1 win. Ole Miss at Arkansas- Ole Miss likely needs to win 1 of 3 to get to Hoover. Arkansas is a lock for Hoover but needs to win 2 of 3 to win the SEC Title (Vandy must be swept by LSU for this to happen). Auburn at Kentucky- Auburn will not be in Hoover this season but Kentucky needs to win 2 of 3 to be assured a spot. Tennessee at Florida- The Vols likely need to sweep Florida. Florida can win just 1 and still likely get in the tournament. Georgia at South Carolina- Georgia has no chance to get to the tournament and South Carolina should be in even if the Bulldogs sweep them.