Commodores eye SEC Tournament

It's SEC Baseball Tournament time again and regular season champion and No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt opens play against the No. 8 seeded Tennessee Vols on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (TV: CSS).

Now that the SEC regular season championship is in the wraps, what will be the Commodore's goal in Hoover? "Win it," said fifth year head coach Tim Corbin. He added, "You live and die to get to that tournament." His Commodore team has been playing to win all season and he is not about to let them start playing to lose, especially with the NCAAs about to start. Besides, the SEC tourney title is probably the second most prestigious championship in college baseball, after the NCAA tourney championship.

It only makes sense for Vanderbilt to give 100% to snare its second conference championship of the 2007 season. Vanderbilt has only won three SEC baseball titles in their history. Why not pick up another SEC title while you still have David Price, Casey Weathers and Dominic de la Osa still wearing the Black and Gold of Vanderbilt?

Besides, losing just flat out stinks. No one wants to be sent home early by another team, just ask Corbin, "I don't want to come back here early and practice, I would hate that. I just want to stay there until Sunday. The kids want to stay there until Sunday. The hotel is nice. It's better than where the kids are sleeping right now, the food is going to be better, the pillows are better." That make perfect sense coach, stay in the comfort of Hoover and practice in live games against some good teams. One of those teams is the Tennessee Vols.

Tennessee earned a trip to Hoover by defeating Florida, 11-7, in Gainesville on Saturday. Vanderbilt swept their rivals earlier this season but it wasn't by lopsided scores. The Commodores won two of the three games by a single run and one game by just two runs. Since that series in Nashville the Vols have taken three of four conference series including a series at LSU and Florida and a home series win against a tough Ole Miss team.

Expect a challenging game from the Vols and to make things even more interesting, Corbin stated in his Monday SEC teleconference that he might not pitch David Price on Wednesday because the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week has thrown too much the last two series. Corbin may pitch Price on Thursday instead. If Price, who last pitched on Thursday isn't able to pitch then surely No. 2 starter Mike Minor, who pitched on Friday, will not be ready to pitch either. The big question is who will pitch for Vandy tomorrow? (continued below)

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Some possible options for starting pitchers include Ty Davis, who has pitched well the past few weeks. Davis pitched only 1 1/3 innings during Friday's 6-4 win over LSU, throwing 17 pitches. Another option could be senior Stephen Shao or Nick Christiani. My guess? You'll see Davis on the mound on Wednesday in Hoover.

22 SEC wins not so shabby- Vanderbilt's 22 SEC regular season wins is tied for third best in SEC baseball history. Arkansas also finished 22-8 during the 1999 season. The 2000 South Carolina team is tops. The Gamecocks won 25 conference games that season.

de la Osa named SEC Player of the Week Dominic hit game-winning homers in both the Friday and Saturday games against LSU to lead the Commodores to their third straight SEC series sweep at home last weekend and first ever SEC regular season championship. For the weekend de la Osa was 5-for-11 (.455) with two homers, a double and three RBIs with two stolen bases.

SEC Baseball Headlines from Scout.com

Arkansas

Razorbacks Draw Alabama To Open SEC Tournament

Alabama

NONE

Florida

Gators draw six seed in SEC Tourney

Mississippi State

Polk Still Uncertain On Game-One Lineup

Conference Tournaments - Do They Matter

Ole Miss

Will Kline ready for another postseason run

South Carolina

IN-COCK-CEIVABLE!

Tennessee

NONE



2007 SEC Tournament • May 23-27 • Regions Park • Hoover, Ala.

Wednesday, May 23
Game 1: 10 a.m. - #7 Alabama vs. #2 Arkansas [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 2: 1 p.m. - #6 Florida vs. #3 South Carolina [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 3: 5 p.m. - #8 Tennessee vs. #1 VANDERBILT [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 4: 8 p.m. - #5 Ole Miss vs. #4 Mississippi State [CSS/CSS HD]

Thursday, May 24
Game 5: 10 a.m. - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 6: 1 p.m. - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 7: 5 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 8: 8 p.m. - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 [CSS/CSS HD]

Friday, May 25
Game 9: 3 p.m. - Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 [FSN/CSS HD]
Game 10: 6:30 p.m. - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 [FSN/CSS HD]

Saturday, May 26
Game 11: 10 a.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 [FSN]
Game 12: 1 p.m. - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 [FSN]
Game 13*: 5 p.m. - Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11 [CSS/CSS HD]
Game 14*: 8 p.m. - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12 [CSS/CSS HD]

Sunday, May 27
Game 15*: 3 p.m. - Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 [FSN]


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