Feinberg saves the day

It's the final game of the 2007 regular season and Vanderbilt is hosting the once mighty LSU Tigers and hoping for a sweep to put an exclamation mark on an already impressive 2007 banner campaign. Surely the Commodores will pick up a big win over the Tigers and send their seniors off on a positive note. That's the script that most of the 2,400 fans present

at Saturday's game had in mind but the Tigers had different ideas.

The two teams swapped runs in the first inning but Vanderbilt added two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead that held until the eighth inning. In that inning the Bayou Bengals started to roar.

The Tigers had already scored one run in the inning to narrow the score to 3-2 and left fielder Blake Dean stood on third ready for teammate Nick Pontiff to bring him home. Pontiff drilled a grounder that seemed that it would surely score Dean and tie the game. However, Alex Feinberg, the Commodore's scrappy junior second baseman from Orinda, Ca. had other ideas.

In a leaping dive Feinberg quickly snared the ball in his glove and then fired it to first base, causing first base umpire Jack Cox to give the signal, Out! A dejected Pontiff walked back to the Tiger dugout as his teammates left the dugout to take the field again, still one run behind No. 1 Vanderbilt. They knew they would still have one more shot to take the lead or at least tie the game in the ninth.

Out of the Commodore dugout emerged a face very familiar to the Tigers. Feinberg would be the lead off batter for Vanderbilt, yes, the player that had just robbed them of their tie. Feinberg stepped to the plate and fought off seven pitches from pitcher T.J. Forrest. Then it happened; Feinberg blasted a double to add to his two earlier hits. It was the spark the Commodores needed. A spark the men from Nashville have become accustomed to seeing at critical times during games throughout this very successful 2007 season. Vanderbilt went on to score three more runs in the inning and everyone, Tigers included, knew the game was over. The score might as well have been 50-2 Vanderbilt. Stellar reliever Casey Weathers, who had been called on to get the last out of the eighth inning, finished the upset minded Tigers off in the top of the ninth.

The regular season was good for Vanderbilt with an impressive school record 46 wins, an SEC division title and SEC regular season title. Now the Commodore embark on a new season, the postseason. Unlike the regular season, only one team will emerge from the SEC Baseball Tournament and only one team will emerge from the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Lets hope that our Commodores can do as well in this second season as they did in the first. With players like Feinberg, De la Osa, Price, Alvarez and Weathers and a coach named Tim Corbin anything is possible.

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