Tag:College Baseball
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:33 am

Smashville is More than a Hockey Town

There is some real-time celebration going on in the Music City right now.  In less than 12 hours, the Nashville Predators advanced to their first ever Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.  Vanderbilt alum Brandt Snedeker won the PGA Heritage Open and I am not done.  Those Vanderbilt Commodores are all over the national sport pages.   The Vanderbilt Baseball team is tied for first in the SEC, ranked seventh nationally and the basketball team is being hyped as a pre-season Top 5 before the season even starts with the return of John Jenkins, Jeff Taylor and Festuz Ezeli.  The atmosphere is unbelievable and  I have not seen or heard as much bragging and carrying on in Nashville, well since the Titans were going to the Super Bowl.  Eleven years of waiting for something like this has produced the perfect storm.

Right now the hottest item going in the sporting outlet stores is Nashville Predator apparel.  Flags, banners, and pennants but hats and jerseys in the home blue are number 1.  However you will see more Vanderbilt University ball caps and shirts. Tennessee fans, well right now you are in the minority.

The Nashville Predator hockey team made the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.  A lot of talk at the end of last year’s near miss against eventual Stanley Cup winners Chicago Black Hawks was on how new management would address the off season.  Well, the Predators have exceeded expectations.  Nashville fans love the Preds.   They like the hustle and the success of no real household names unless of course your household is in Nashville.  However all that is going to change.  Predator goalie Pekka Rinne is about to become the league’s best goalie this season.  Smashville has other favorites as well.  Defenseman Shea Webber and Ryan Suter and Forwards: Martin Erat, Patric Hornqvist, J-P Dumont all has made themselves local favorites.  A favorite of mine is the young impressionable Colin Wilson.

The come from behind win in game 5 is Predator 360 and has everyone thinking this year we are a team of destiny.  Nashville was the best team on home ice this year.  If they can win one on the road by hook or crook in my opinion this team can finish what it has started.

The Vandy baseball team (32-5) reached number one nationally before losing two out of three to SEC rival South Carolina in Columbus, S.C.  Since then they have gone undefeated and retaken a share of the SEC lead.  This team is loaded and when three of the teams in the SEC are2,3;7 a 32-5 record is even more impressive. 

The basketball team which made it to the NCAA tournament as a fifth seed lost again in the first round, but nevertheless all season long they were a strong legitimate Top 25 team.  When you recognize that every starter is returning from last season well, they are certain to be amongst the best in the country again and while a Top5 is a stretch, they no doubt deserve to be a Top 10.

Finally, everyone has been waiting for Snedeker to rebound after his Master’s melt down two years ago.  His win this week brought back childhood memories I had of watching the recently deceased Mason Rudolph who I watched at the Blue Grass Country Club in Nashville.  He has a smile, charisma, and boyhood good looks.  This win could easily lead to more, but more importantly it reminds that while Vanderbilt football is not on the map, they sure produce a lot of quality athletes, just ask the Chicago Bears.



Posted on: May 20, 2009 10:09 pm

Vandy Upsets LSU in SEC Tournament Opener

The Vanderbilt Commodores looked like an entirely different team in a 4-1 winner in the SEC Tournament opener this evening.  Vandy scored one run in the 4<sup>th</sup> and 5<sup>th</sup> innings and two in the seventh before LSU finally scored in the bottom half of the seventh inning.  Vandy’s first run came off a Giobbi homerun to left field.  In the 5<sup>th</sup> inning Harris walked and Jonathan White doubled advancing Harris to third.  Steven Liddle then got the intentional pass and Casali hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed Brian Harris to score.  In the top half of the seventh White led off with a single, Liddle followed with a single up the middle that advanced White to third.    That was the night for Austin Ross who gave way to Daniel Bradshaw.  Bradshaw was immediately greeted with a double by Casali scoring White.  Liddle had to stay at third but was able to score on the sacrifice fly by Westlake.

   Mike Minor was the winning pitcher for the Commodores, pitching a complete game.  Minor struck out 5 along the way.  Minor also got good defense tonight from his defense which turned three double plays.  Minor finished the night giving up 6 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB.  Andrew Ross was the losing pitcher tonight for LSU.  Ross went 6 innings giving up 8 Hits, 4 runs.

    Vandy’s offensive player of the game was Giobbi going 3 for 4, scoring 1 and knocking in 2 RBI.   

Posted on: May 16, 2009 10:17 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2009 10:18 pm

Vandy in through the Backdoor

The Commodores are probably glad to see Tennesse leave town. Three straight losses and a total melt down of the bullpen doesn't bode well for the upcoming SEC Tournament.  What's more amazing is Vandy got into the SEC tournament through the perverbial backdoor.  Thanks to Florida's 13-9 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, Vandy is in as the number 8 seed.  If Vanderbilt cannot come up with some great starting pitching it may be a short stay in the Tournament. 

Okay lets look on the bright side, they made the tournament.  Now the question is will they be able to rebound.  If previous history is an indication, Vandy has shown they can do just that. After getting swept at South Carolina they turned around and took two from Georgia.  So perhaps after getting swept by Tennessee in another 10 inning affair the Dores can capture light in a bottle once more. With the loss Vandy finished the season at 31-24 not bad all-in-all however, that doesn't matter now. A new season is about to begin.  Lets go Dores! 
Posted on: May 15, 2009 10:26 pm

Commodores Are In A Funk

Vandy came into the home series with the Volunteers with high expectations.  They are hanging on by a thread over Kentucky for a spot in the SEC tournament and perhaps a shot at the NCAA tournament as well as an at large team.  Unfortunately they lost last night 8-6 and tonight are losing 3-2.  One win or Jentucky loss and they make the tournament but who wants to back in.  The recent rash of leaving runners stranded at third base has been frustrating to say the least.  Sometimes you just get beat but sometimes it seems you just fail to win.  Unless Vandy can come back and believe me, that has not been their strong suit of late, we will have to wait and see what the Wildcats are doing.
Mike Minor has been called on to hold the Vols and well Tennessee has come in here and done a good job of frustrating the Dores. 

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