Commodores ready to host NCAA Regional

May 29, 2014

NCAA Tournament Central

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The Commodores were eliminated from the SEC Tournament with a 7-2 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday. Bryan Reynolds and Rhett Wiseman had two hits each in the loss. Vanderbilt lost 11-1 to LSU on Wednesday in seven innings. Dansby Swanson had two hits and scored the Dores' lone run. The Commodores survived a late scare from Tennessee in Tuesday's SEC Tournament opener winning 3-2. Walker Buehler tossed eight innings for the win and Xavier Turner picked up three hits.

Friday, May 30
RHP Tyler Beede (7-7, 3.42) vs. RHP Vinny Nittoli (6-3, 1.98)

Vanderbilt returns to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season and 10th overall under head coach Tim Corbin. The Commodores had just three NCAA Tournament appearances before Corbin's arrival in 2003. The Dores are hosting NCAA Regionals for the third time in four years and fourth time in school history. Vandy captured Regional titles in 2011 and 2013 at Hawkins Field. Last season the Commodores topped East Tennessee State, Illinois and Georgia Tech to reach the Super Regional round vs. Louisville. Vanderbilt is 32-26 all time in the NCAA Tournament, including 8-3 in the Regional round the last three seasons.

The Commodores have played all three opponents that will visit Nashville this weekend with Oregon being the most recent. The Dores and Ducks have faced off each of the last two seasons with Vandy taking two-of-three at Oregon last season and the Ducks sweeping the Commodores at Hawkins Field in 2012. The Commodores have played six games against Xavier going 4-2 all time. VU swept the Musketeers in 2007 and won the last meeting in 2008. Vanderbilt has faced off against Clemson since 1986 and is 1-2 all time against the Tigers. Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin was an assistant at Clemson under head coach Jack Leggett for nine seasons prior to coming to West End.

Four Commodores were named All-SEC by the league coaches this week with Vince Conde, Dansby Swanson, Carson Fulmer and Bryan Reynolds garnering recognition. Conde and Swanson were named to the All-SEC first team after producing two of the best seasons in the nation by middle infielders. The two are the only two Commodores to start all 59 games this season and combined to hit .322 with 83 runs scored, 40 extra-base hits and 73 RBI while making just 10 errors. Fulmer was tabbed a second team All-SEC performer for his outstanding season. The right-hander leads the Dores with 10 saves and a 1.31 ERA and did not allow a run in his first 29.2 innings as a starter. The Lakeland, Fla. native was also named to the All-Defensive team. Reynolds earned his way onto the All-SEC Freshman team after posting a giant freshman campaign. Reynolds played in all 59 games for the Commodores during the season and was one of the team's best offensive players hitting .323, matching Swanson for the team lead with 21 doubles and leading the team with 44 RBI. The Commodores have now had at least one player on the All-SEC first team in nine straight seasons with multiple players earning first team honors in five of those nine seasons.

Bryan Reynolds enters his first NCAA Tournament on an eight-game hitting streak. The freshman is 12-for-32 (.375) with four two-hit games, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Reynolds leads the Commodores with 21 doubles, 44 RBI and 22 multi-hit games.

Junior Tyler Beede was featured on MLB Network this week. Check out what the right-hander has learned in his three years at Vanderbilt. Plus, does Young Beedah make an appearance?

Sophomore second baseman Dansby Swanson was named third team All-American on Thursday by Collegiate Baseball. Swanson has been the offensive leader for the Commodores leading the squad in batting average, runs, doubles and stolen bases. Swanson becomes the 13th Vanderbilt infielder to earn All-American honors and the second straight second baseman after Tony Kemp picked up consensus first team All-American honors last season.

The Last Meeting
March 2, 2008
Nashville, Tenn.
Baseball hammers Xavier, 17-3
Vanderbilt pounded out 21 hits in a 17-3 rout of Xavier Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field. Check back for a complete recap later tonight.



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