I’m getting quite behind in the columns due to just not having quite enough time to keep this up to date. I’d be lying if the 7-14 start to the season didn’t have something to do with that.
Since I last posted, the VandyBoys had a rough go of it in Florida (as expected) and lost a heart breaker to Evansville on Tuesday. With 33 games left on the regular season schedule, qualifying for NCAA post-season play is now looking more and more unlikely.
The Immediate Progression — Where the Season Goes From Here
To be eligible for a Regional, a team must be at least one game over .500 after the conference tournament in Hoover. Sitting at seven games under, Vandy can’t feel comfortable entering Hoover unless they’re already at that point, necessitating something along the lines of a 21-12 finish to the regular season (permitting a 1-2 record at Hoover).
Ty Beede will be back in the Saturday starter role this weekend against Georgia. Vanderbilt needs him to come up big against All-SEC righty Michael Pallazone of the Bulldogs. Photo Credit: Mike Rapp, VandySports.com.
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Categories: Baseball, Sport, Vanderbilt Baseball, Belmont, Evansville, Florida, Georgia, San Diego, Vanderbilt, Vandy Baseball, Week Behind Week Ahead
Riley Reynolds had quite the day on Wednesday, hammering his first career homerun and winning the #RileySonnyHomeRunChallenge over Sonny Gray. Photo by Mike Rapp, VandySports.com.
I’ve been busy of late and it’s been hard to stay on my regular weekly schedule for these. I’m going to try to catch up again this weekend after the Florida series and cheering my lungs out for Stevie Thunder and the #VUnit in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The big news for the weekend is Ty Beede reentering the weekend rotation, pitching on Sunday in place of Sam Selman. That sets the matchups against consensus #1 Florida as
- Friday, 6 CT — LHP Kevin Ziomek (2-1, 3.09) vs. RHP Hudson Randall (2-0, 3.65);
- Saturday, 12 CT — RHP Drew VerHagen (2-1, 3.93) vs. LHP Brian Johnson (2-0, 4.12); and
- Sunday, 12 CT — RHP Beede (0-2, 7.24) vs. RHP Jonathon Crawford (1-1, 5.71).
Saturday’s game will air on CSS/ESPN3.com, while Friday and Sunday are viewable in HD by subscribing monthly to GatorVision.tv(not covered by CBS All-Access).
In the meantime, how about Riley Reynolds. The career .317 hitter had no homeruns (and few balls that even threatened to leave the park) in his first 622 plate appearances as a Commodore. In appearance number 623, he changed all that by putting a charge into a ball to right on Wednesday night against Sienna. His homerun put the exclamation point on a much needed midweek sweep in which the Commodores finally started to look like the Omaha-bound team they were a year ago.
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This is the first in a three part look at the draft's impact on SEC rosters for the coming year.
This is the first in a three part series looking at the Southeastern Conference and the impact of the Major League Baseball Draft for the 2011/12 academic year. Part one provides data relating to the drafted players and recruits for each of the six Eastern division squads. Part two will do the same for the Western division. I’ll close with a final look at and overview of how each team matched up in recruiting, retaining and promoting their programs going forward. I’ll also identify some of the key newcomer names to watch on the horizon as we head into yet another year of baseball in the best conference in college sports.
Look for part two later in the week.
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Categories: Baseball, Sport, Vanderbilt Baseball, Draft, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, MLB, Recruiting, SEC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Vandy Baseball
The final game of the SEC season pitted the two teams I considered the best at the start of the year. Unfortunately, Florida was better that day. Photo courtesy Mike Rapp of VandySports.com.
Well it was quite the amazing regular season. Vandy ended up as tri-champs of the SEC regular season, but came up just short in Hoover, falling to Florida in the championship game after storming past Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas. Vandy also fell just short of a number 1 ranking, finishing 2nd in the final coaches’ and baseball writers’ polls and third in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings. The team moves on to the Nashville Regional with a national seed in hand and Oklahoma State, Troy and Belmont coming to the Hawk.
The Immediate Progression – When It Strikes Me is Credentialed?
Indeed, thanks to the help of College Baseball Daily, for whom I will be covering the Nashville Regional, I’ll be carrying a press pass down to the regional this weekend. Look for some posts by me on the mother ship website of NCAA Baseball coverage this weekend. I’ll also have tickets in hand, so I intend to spend some time in the stands this weekend, but with temperatures forecast in the 90s, I’m not to ashamed to shirk the heat and head up to the press box to cover the game alongside VandySports.com’s Chris Lee. It should be a great weekend.
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Categories: Baseball, Sport, Vanderbilt Arkansas, Baseball, Belmont, Florida, Georgia, Jason Esposito, NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma State, SEC, SEC Tournament, Sonny Gray, South Carolina, Tim Corbin, Tony Kemp, Troy, Vanderbilt, Vandy Baseball, Week Behind Week Ahead
Although Coaches Corbin and O'Sullivan are the best of friends, there were plenty of moments of tension this week. Photo courtesy of Mike Rapp, VandySports.com.
If the prior week against Kentucky was a bit boring, this week was anything but. The weekend series against Florida had a very charged atmosphere and featured, arguably, the two most talented teams in the nation. While Vanderbilt was afforded every opportunity to sweep, late inning heroics by and the superior bullpen of Florida led to a Gator series win.
The Immediate Progression: Bad Losses
It’s somewhat funny to raise the subject of bad losses with this Vanderbilt squad. Any time you can count the losses on your hands even after a Fourth of July fireworks accident, well, you’ve got a consistent and maybe great team.
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Vanderbilt returns to the Hawk for Florida after a midweek trip to Louisville. Photo courtesy Mike Rapp, VandySports.com.
It was somewhat of a boring week for the Commodores. There was no midweek game, finals were finished and the team had the lazy bus ride up to Lexington to face off against the Wildcats of Kentucky. While the games weren’t without some drama, the lack of big crowds up North kept the games somewhat mild.
The Immediate Progression: Saturday Domination
One thing that truly separates great teams is the ability to pound opponents with top flight starters Friday through Sunday. The game where the rubber meets the road is Saturday.
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Categories: Baseball, Sport, Vanderbilt Baseball, Florida, Jason Esposito, Kentucky, Sonny Gray, Tennessee, Tim Corbin, Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt, Vandy Baseball, Week Behind Week Ahead
The Onion has been king of satire for a very, very long time now. Even in the age of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the Onion launched the superior OnionNewsNetwork.
One staple they’ve continued to run out is their mocking of The USA Today and its infographics. After the jump, I’ve got two of their infographics from the Onion Sports Network, addressing those bastion of collegiate athletics: John Wall of Kentackalacky and The Lamb of God of Florida.
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Categories: Basketball, Football, InfoGraphics / Comics, Random Fun, Sport Florida, InfoGraphic, John Wall, Kentucky, Onion, SEC, Sport, Tim Tebow