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Video: Tuesday in Hoover

May 21, 2013

No. 1 Vanderbilt arrived in Hoover, Ala., Monday night with a day to spare before its first game at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.

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Earning the top seed in the field gave the Commodores the luxury of an extra practice day. With four games scheduled at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium Tuesday, the Dores were guests of Birmingham-Southern College, a private, NCAA Division III school in the Southern Athletic Association, for a 90-minute session at Striplin Field.

It was business as usual for the Commodores, who donned their USA practice gear for the same hitting, pitching and fielding drills they've executed all season to prepare for their next opponent.

The SEC altered its tournament format for the second consecutive season by increasing the number of participants from 10 to 12 this year due to league expansion. Four squads—Kentucky, Auburn, Florida and Missouri—went home early Tuesday, thanks to the new single-elimination round. Until two years ago, teams spent Tuesdays practicing at the Hoover Met to test field conditions and ballpark dimensions.

Double-elimination play starts Wednesday with Vanderbilt getting a crack at one of the SEC's newest members, Texas A&M, at 4:30 p.m. CT. The Aggies are one of three league members that the Commodores didn't face in the regular season. In fact, the two programs have never played each other in the history of the schools. Texas A&M eliminated Florida 6-3 Tuesday night.

Watch sights and sounds of Tuesday's practice. VIDEO



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