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.

Posted on: May 29, 2009 8:20 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 8:22 pm


MTSU defeated Vandy 5-4 in the opening game of the Louisville Region of the NCAA Baseball Championship.  They had to hang on for dear life, but they did and they proved they not only belong but also the #2 seed.  Vandy however got in the SEC Tournament through the back door and by doing well in the SEC tournament got an at large bid, but they have yet to prove they belong.

Vandy threw their ace of the staff, Mike Minor, against the ace of the Blue Raiders , Kenneth Roberts.  Minor  was rudely welcomed with a grand slam homerun by Stuart Meinhart in the first inning.  Vandy battled back with two runs in the top of the fourth.  The game remained that way with Vandy often threatening but unable to get anything across the plate.  MTSU got there next run on a solo shot by Taylor Dennis in the top of the 7th.

Vandy scored two more runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth and threatened again in the 9th with bases loaded and two outs but reliever Codie Woods got Jason Esposito to ground into a game ending fielder's choice.

Roberts was the outstanding player in the conference championship for the Blue Raiders and he showed why today.  He is now 11-1.

Vandy showed moments of brilliance and to their credit down 4-0 in the first inning they did not quit.  Still, the failure to produce the big runs with runners in scoring position proved once again their achilles heel.  Vandy left 12 runners in scoring position. That my friends is the reason they lost.  Give it to the Blue Raiders they played with confidence and guts and did not flinch.

Vanderbilt will play the loser of tonight's game (No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Indiana) on Saturday at at 2 p.m. CT.

Posted on: May 25, 2009 6:09 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2009 6:10 pm


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders did something Vandy couldn't do, they won their tournament.  Baseball already is a major drawing sport amongst Middle Tennessee Schools and that means there is a lot of talent to be had.  The Blue Raiders used that talent in Junior Kenneth Roberts to nail down an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament defeating ULM in the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament.

There are family ties to the Raiders and they beat Vandy earlier this year, so don't under estimate this team from Murfreesboro.  The pitch performance by Roberts was simply sensational.  He worked six innings allowing only four hits and striking out five.  The win and the performance earned him the Most Outstanding player in the tournament. MTSU goes into the NCAA tournament with their best season ever.  They are 43-16, a new school record.  GO BLUE RAIDERS, WELL DONE!!
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