VANDERBILT RE-VU The Commodores outslugged the Crimson Tide on the final day of the regular season 14-10. The victory pushed Vandy's SEC win total to league record 26. Tony Kemp posted his seventh straight multi-hit game and Steven Rice earned his second straight win out of the bullpen. Alabama outlasted Vanderbilt 5-4 in 10 innings. The loss snapped the Dores' 14-game winning streak. The Commodores held off a ninth inning Alabama rally to win 7-6 on Thursday night. Connor Harrell and Kyle Smith each went deep in the win.
NOT A REGULAR SEASON Vanderbilt's regular season was anything but regular as the Commodores posted the best record in the nation at 48-7 and broke the Southeastern Conference record for league wins with 26. The Dores' 48 wins during the season shattered the school's previous record of 46 set in 2007. Vandy's 26 SEC wins passed South Carolina's league record of 25-5 set in 2000. The Commodores' 26 conference wins are the eighth-most all-time in all of college baseball. The last time a team won 26 conference games was in 2008 when Michigan won the Big 10 title. Fresno State holds the all time record for league wins in a single season with 31 in 1980.
STEPPING IT UP The Vanderbilt offense has stepped up all year when playing SEC games posting a .324 team average in the team's 29 SEC games, topping the team's output against nonconference foes (.313). Senior Mike Yastrzemski has led the charge in SEC games hitting a league-best .407 with Tony Kemp's .392 average the second-best in league games only. The Vandy offense led the league in average, slugging (.463), on-base (.406), runs (204), hits (326), RBI (189), doubles (66), walks (120) and stolen bases (48).
ONE, TWO PUNCH Starters Kevin Ziomek and Tyler Beede have formed one of the best one, two punches in the nation this season. The Massachusetts natives have combined for 23 of Vanderbilt's 48 victories this year becoming only the third pair of Vandy pitchers to each win 10-plus games joining Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin (25 total wins in 2011) and David Price and Casey Weathers (23 total wins in 2007). The Commodores have won 23 of the duo's 28 starts this year.
KEMP'S BIG YEAR Tony Kemp has had a big year to lead the Commodores. The junior won the SEC batting title, hitting .408 during the regular season and led the league in on-base percentage (.490), runs (58) and stolen bases (27). The SEC Player of the Year candidate finished in the top 15 in slugging percentage (10th - .523), hits (2nd - 89), doubles (11th - 13), triples (2nd - 6) and walks (11th - 30). Kemp also equaled Brian Duva's (Florida) career triples SEC record with his 21st triple in a win over Belmont last week. Kemp's 21 triples came in 61 fewer games than Duva.
THE DORES IN HOOVER Vanderbilt makes its eighth straight appearance in Hoover at the SEC Tournament having made it every season since 2006. VU has lost a combined two games in Hoover the last two years. Under Head Coach Tim Corbin the Commodores have made the tournament in 10 of his 11 seasons and have played in the championship game six times, winning it all in 2007. In 17 trips to the tournament all-time the Dores are 38-27.