SEC Tournament Preview

May 21, 2012

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The Commodores finished off a three-game series sweep of #22 Ole Miss on Sunday with a 6-3 win. Tony Kemp led the way stealing three bases, scoring three runs and collecting four hits. Vanderbilt rallied late to clinch the series with a 6-2 win Friday night over the Rebels. Spencer Navin drove in three runs and Conrad Gregor had three hits. The Commodores blanked Ole Miss 3-0 to take the opener. T.J. Pecoraro tossed his first career complete game shutout for his first win of the season and became the first Commodores hurler since Richie Goodenow in 2010 to throw a nine-inning shutout.

Tuesday, May 22
RHP Drew VerHagen (5-2, 3.63) vs. LHP Alex Wood (7-2, 2.58)

Wednesday/Thursday, May 23/24

Vanderbilt has turned the season around in the second half of the Southeastern Conference schedule winning five of the team's last six series, including four straight. Since beating Belmont on April 11 the Commodores are 16-6 with series victories over two Top 5 teams (Kentucky and LSU). During the stretch the Dores are outscoring opponents 120-80 (5.4 to 3.6) and have hit 14 of the team's 26 home runs for the season. Anthony Gomez has hit .385 (35-for-91) with a team-best 20 RBI. Sam Selman has helped lead the way on the mound going 6-0 in seven games, five starts.

Vanderbilt returns to Hoover, Ala. for the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the seventh straight season after finishing fifth in the league. The Commodores are 34-26 all-time in the SEC Tournament in 16 appearances, including championships in 2007 and 1980. Both times Vanderbilt won the title the team lost their first round game. Last season the Dores swept their way to the championship game before losing to Florida. Vandy opened with a 10-0 win over Georgia in seven innings before downing South Carolina (7-2) and Arkansas (3-2). Under head coach Tim Corbin the Commodores have played in the championship game five times in eight previous trips.

The Commodores stole 11 bases against Ole Miss in the Dores' three-game series sweep. Tony Kemp led the way with four steals in the series, including his game on Saturday when he became the second Commodore in a week to steal three bases in a game (Jack Lupo vs. LSU 5/13). Despite the Dores running wild over the weekend against the Rebels the team's season total of 68 would be the lowest since 2006 when Vanderbilt swiped only 49 bases.

Vanderbilt opens the SEC Tournament with Georgia for the second straight season. The Commodores took two-of-three from the Bulldogs at Hawkins Field in Nashville earlier this season. After losing Friday night's game, VU bounced back to win on Saturday and Sunday for the team's first two SEC wins of the year. Vandy is 99-118 against Georgia all-time.



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