May 27, 2012
After a lead-off pinch-hit double and the second successful squeeze bunt of the week tied the game in the top of the ninth, Vanderbilt was playing with house money Saturday. So when Anthony Gomez singled to knock in the go-ahead run, the junior said it was "why not" time.
"Just to try to push [Florida] as much as we can," Gomez said. "Obviously, they're trying to throw a lot of strikes, so he (Florida reliever Austin Maddox) was taking his time, getting his leg up there, so I had plenty of time to get to second. And then Conrad [Gregor] and I stole [second and] third and we just kept going."
Nicknamed "Go-Go," Gomez did keep going. And on an 0-1 pitch to Will Cooper with the bases loaded, Gomez took off from third. He and Head Coach Tim Corbin had discussed the move, which is a situation the Commodores have practiced many times, but it was not signalled in prior to Gomez heading toward home.
"Once he took off I just started yelling at Cooper not to swing," Corbin said. "It happened really, really quickly. Anthony is an instinctual base runner and he could pull it off."
Behind Gomez, Gregor took third on the play and Spencer Navin swiped second. Vanderbilt tied an SEC Tournament record with six stolen bases in an inning, including Gomez's three stolen bases. They would end up with five runs in that inning, propelling the Commodores to an 8-6 win and their sixth SEC Tournament championship game since 2004.
Vanderbilt and Mississippi State will play for the SEC Tournament title today at 2:30 p.m. CT at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
Hear Joe Fisher's call of the triple steal along with video from the CSS broadcast above.