Baseball Preview: Raleigh Regional

May 31, 2012

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Vanderbilt's run in the SEC Tournament came to an end in the Championship Game with a 3-0 loss to #25 Mississippi State. The Vandy offense had six hits in the loss. The Commodores rallied by #2 Florida 8-6 to reach the championship game for the second straight year. VU scored five runs in the ninth, including Anthony Gomez's steal of home as part of a triple steal. Vanderbilt slipped by #2 Florida 2-1 Thursday night. Riley Reynolds two-run triple and Sam Selman's six scoreless innings led the way. The Commodores squeezed by #4 South Carolina Wednesday night 3-2. Mike Yastrzemski's suicide squeeze bunt scored the winning run in the eighth inning. Vanderbilt opened the SEC Tournament with a 4-1 win over Georgia Tuesday night. Spencer Navin led the way with two hits and two RBI.

Friday, June 1
RHP T.J. Pecoraro (1-4, 3.67) vs. RHP Tyler McSwain (9-3, 3.12)

Saturday, June 2

Vanderbilt has turned the season around after a 7-15 start to the season winning five of the team's last six series, including four straight, of the regular season. Since beating Belmont on April 11 the Commodores are 20-7 with series victories over two Top 5 teams and 11 wins over ranked opponents. During the stretch the Dores are outscoring opponents 137-93 (5.3 to 3.4) and have hit 14 of the team's 26 home runs for the season. Anthony Gomez has hit .364 (40-for-110) with a team-best 23 RBI. Sam Selman has helped lead the way on the mound going 7-0 in eight games, six starts. Vanderbilt posted a season-best nine-game winning streak at the end of the season with eight of the nine wins coming against ranked opponents.

Vanderbilt makes the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in school history and seventh straight season. Head Coach Tim Corbin has led the Commodores into the NCAA Tournament in eight of his 10 seasons going 24-16, including the school's first-ever trip to the College World Series last season. The Dores last won a Regional on the road in 2010 in a dramatic 3-2 win in 10 innings over Louisville in the final game of the Regional. Vanderbilt is 27-21 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Shortstop Anthony Gomez was named first team All-SEC and right-hander Tyler Beede was placed on the SEC All-Freshman team earlier this week by the league's coaches. Gomez leads the team in multiple offensive categories, including average, hits and RBI, while starting every game for the second straight season. Beede was solid in nine SEC starts posting a 3.91 ERA with team-bests in strikeouts (45) and innings pitched (48.2) in league play.

The Commodores sail into unfamiliar territory this weekend in the Raleigh Regional. Vanderbilt has never played Sacred Heart or UNC-Wilmington while only playing one game against North Carolina State. The Dores topped the Wolfpack 4-2 in 1973.

Every game of the Raleigh Regional will be webcast this weekend. Below are the links to watch the games.

June 1
NCAA Regional: UNCW vs Vanderbilt (G1)

NCAA Regional Sacred Heart vs. NC State (G2)

June 2
NCAA Regional: Game #3

NCAA Regional: Game #4

June 3
NCAA Regional: Game #5

NCAA Regional: Game #6

June 4
NCAA Regional: Game #7 (if necessary)



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