Posted on: June 1, 2009 9:47 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2009 9:49 pm

Tim Corbin Needs To Take Credit For Vandy's Loss

They don't pay me to be a yes man for the Commodores and I don't plan to now.  The loss tonight was devastating.  A large number of people across the country along with me felt certain that Vanderbilt would be on their way to the Super Regional against California Fullerton.  Instead, Vanderbilt is going home following an embarrassing loss in which everything that could go wrong went wrong. Perhaps the worst part of it is that it should have never happened.  Instead, Vanderbilt goes home losing 5-3 to Lousiville and Minor is tagged with his second loss of the tournament when he should have been sitting on the bus a hero.  Once again Gray comes in to keep Vandy close at the end, but again, that proved to be a great effort at the wrong time. If we could have seen him in the fourth then I think Vandy wins this one, because the spirit of Louisville was crushed and the crowd was out of it.

The Commodores had everything working for them. Louisville was coming into the game as the visitor following an 8-4 loss to Vanderbilt the night before.  Vandy had the most rested bullpen and a tremendous pitching advantage.  They would choose to start lefthander an Ace of the staff, Mike Minor to get Vandy started on a pitch by committee approach. The game would be more like an all-star game in which the Cardinals would not be able to go through the lineup twice on any pitcher.  This was a tremendous strategy that seemed to come on the basis of what they learned in losing to LSU in the SEC tournament championship.

The strategy was picture perfect.  Aaron Westlake had provided the early fire power with a homerun that gave Vandy a 1-0 lead through three innings of flawless pitching by Mike Minor. He was done. He had thrown 45 pitches and was scheduled to only throw 40 for the night.  However, a coach is supposed to coach not with emotion but with his head.  Minor wanted to continue and Coach Corbin agreed.  The one thing I know from watching Minor is when he goes, he goes quickly.  So in the fourth he gives up a hit, and then Vandy commits the error on a routine play to first.  Then there is the walk and 66 pitches, Minor is still left in gives up the three run homerun on pitch 67.  Oops 22 pitches too late; Coach Corbin goes to the bullpen.   

Vandy tried to come back but the key 7<sup>th</sup> inning Vandy had the tying runs on 2n and third with 1 out and failed to get them across.  Vandy had a great season, they are young, they will make errors but tonight, I feel that Coach Corbin needs to take credit for the loss.

Louisville had 5 runs on 8 hits and no erros.
Vandy 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 errors. 

Posted on: May 31, 2009 10:33 pm

Vanderbilt Proves They Belong

Nick Christiani pitched Vandy into the championship game.  The Commodores will meet the Louisville Cardinals in the “what if” game Monday night 7 p.m. for the championship of the Louisville Regional after defeating the Cardinals 8-4 last night.  Coming out of the loser bracket, the Dores did what we had hoped for, proved they belonged.  Now Vandy will have a chance to make their way to the Super Regional with just one more win.

The Commodores losers in game one of the Louisville Regional against Middle Tennessee State roared back in the loser’s bracket with two impressive shutout victories.  Faced with lose and go home, Vandy chose to win and picked up their first ever NCAA Tournament shutout victory with a 10-0 win over #4 seed Indiana.  Then they threw their second shutout in as many days with  a 6-0 win over MTSU Sunday afternoon. The game against Middle Tennessee was a rematch of their game one encounter in which they lost 5-4.

Starting pitching was the key to Vandy’s remarkable turnaround.  Freshman right-hander Sonny Gray struck out 10 in eight innings against Indiana and Junior Caleb Cotham threw a complete-game four-hit shutout Sunday afternoon at Patterson Stadium.

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