VU hosts Bama to wrap up regular season
May 16, 2013
Vanderbilt used a stellar start from Philip Pfeifer to top Belmont 6-1 on Tuesday night. Pfeifer turned in six scoreless for his third win of the year. The Commodores clinched the Southeastern Conference title on Sunday with a 10-5 win at Kentucky. Steven Rice came out of the bullpen to pitch 4.2 scoreless innings and earn the win. Vanderbilt finished off a sweep of a doubleheader at Kentucky with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Tyler Beede improved to 13-0 as the Dores won their school record 23rd SEC game of the year. The Commodores pounded out 15 hits en route to an 11-3 win in the first game of the double dip.
ON THE BUMP
Thursday, May 16
RHP Walker Buehler (3-1, 2.45) vs. RHP Charley Sullivan (5-4, 3.06)
Friday, May 17
LHP Kevin Ziomek (10-2, 2.00) vs. RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.62)
Saturday, May 18
RHP Tyler Beede (13-0, 1.73) vs. TBA
BACK AT THE TOP
For the first time since 2011, Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the majority of the polls. The Commodores are the top-ranked team in all five polls this week, marking the first time since the 2007 season all five polls have put Vanderbilt in the top spot. That year Vandy was the top ranked team in the country for 14 weeks, including the last nine weeks of the regular season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK... AGAIN
Tony Kemp picked up his second Player of the Week honor this week after an outstanding four-game performance last week. The junior posted three multi-hit games to raise his total to a team-best 24 multi-hit games this year. Kemp blistered Kentucky pitching over the weekend in Vandy's ninth series sweep of the year going 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles and two RBI while scoring four runs. In Saturday's doubleheader he went 6-for-10 leading both games off with a hit. Kemp is the first Commodore to win two Player of the Week honors in the same season since Dom de la Osa in 2007.
DURING THE STREAK
The Commodores enter the weekend game on a 13-game winning streak. Vanderbilt now has three winning streaks of at least 13 games this season (13 and 14 games earlier this year). During the Dores' latest streak the team has been excelling in all phases outscoring opponents 91-31 (7 runs per game to 2.4) while hitting .345 to the opponents' .209. VU has 23 stolen bases and only allowed four. Of Vanderbilt's 89 RBI, 36 have come with two outs - including 11 over the weekend at Kentucky. The Commodores' pitchers have posted a 2.15 ERA compared to the opponents' 6.59 ERA. Vandy has made eight errors during the stretch, including a seven-game streak without an error.
AGAINST THE TIDE
Vanderbilt hosts Alabama in the teams' final SEC series of the season. The Crimson Tide took two-of-three from the Commodores last season in Tuscaloosa. The Dores rallied to win the finale in the last series Vanderbilt has lost. VU is 54-78-2 all-time against Alabama.
HALL OF FAMER BOOK SIGNING
Vanderbilt Hall of Famer Scotti Madison will be at Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt on Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon signing copies of his book Just a Phone Call Away.