Selman inserted into Vandy weekend rotation
Sam Selman (VM/Don Yates)
Sam Selman (VM/Don Yates)
Posted May 10, 2012

Vanderbilt has made an adjustment to its weekend rotation by making junior lefty Sam Selman the Saturday starter. The move leaves T.J. Pecoraro as the Friday starter and sends freshman Tyler Beede, who has pitched well of late but has been victimized in the won-loss column by poor Commodore fielding and hitting, to the Sunday slot.

Selman, a junior from Austin, Texas, returns to the weekend rotation with a 7-3 record. He has thrown 60 strikeouts while allowing only 48 hits and 25 earned runs in 53 innings of work. Most close followers of Vanderbilt baseball were aware that a change was imminent when Kevin Ziomek, the former Sunday starter, started in Tuesday’s victory over Louisville.

Vanderbilt, which has played one of the nation’s toughest schedules despite losing a dozen players to professional baseball, limped out to an early 1-7 record with two of those losses belonging to Selman. Head coach Tim Corbin and pitching coach Derek Johnson have made several pitching rotation adjustments in an effort to get the team headed back in the right direction. The moves appear to have worked as Vanderbilt has won seven of its last nine contests to get back to .500.

Because the 2012 SEC Tournament has expanded to include 10 teams rather than the previous eight, the Commodores (11-13 SEC) look in good shape to make it to Hoover again. Barring a total collapse, the men in Black & Gold should be able to finish ahead of both Alabama (7-17) and Tennessee (8-16). However, the NCAA requires that team’s records be at least one game over .500 in order to qualify for an NCAA tournament bid. Therefore it’s critical that Vanderbilt do well at LSU this weekend and against Ole Miss the following series in Nashville.

For Selman, who has pitched against teams such as Tennessee Tech, MTSU and Belmont—it’ll be a big test. He appears to have greatly improved since giving up 8 earned runs at Stanford in February. Hopefully he’ll be focused on LSU and not the past when he’s on the mound against the No. 4 ranked Tigers.

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