At times I’ve been accused of being masochistic – after all, what man in their right mind would be both a Chicago Cubs and Vanderbilt Commodore fan? Today the Commodores improved their record to 51-11 as they defeated Arkansas 7-4. In doing so they added the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship to their regular season conference championship and the Dores are likely to capture the top seed in the national tournament. It is also quite likely that Vandy will enter the college tourney as the #1 nationally-ranked team, just ahead of Rice and Florida State.
Commodore pitcher David Price (10-0, 2.76 ERA) leads the team with 164 strikeouts and 29 walks in 118 innings pitched. He is likely to be the #1 overall draft pick in this year’s MLB amateur draft. However, he may be too expensive for Tampa Bay or Kansas City and could fall to the #3 Cubs. The team’s offense is lead by sophomore third baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Dominic de la Osa, who combined for 32 homeruns and 110 RBIs. Alvarez is likely to be a top ten amateur draft pick next year.
The Commodores in all likelihood will host a regional bracket in my neighborhood beginning next week; I’m told that the school is adding bleachers to accommodate extra fans. Let’s go Dores!