Taka Bertrand (VM/Whitney D.)
Vanderbilt's women's tennis, women's golf and baseball teams were very busy over the weekend. VandyMania's Whitney D. was there and captured photos of several very important events and games for all the teams.
On Friday night, the baseball team opened a three-game series with
Georgia. The weather was perfect for baseball, and a standing room only
crowd of 2,533 set the all-time attendance record for Hawkins Field. The
record-breaking crowd was disappointed, however, when Georgia won the
series opener 9-7.
One of the faces in the crowd was Taka Bertrand, who holds down the #2
singles spot for the women's tennis team. With Vanderbilt 9-1 in the
SEC and Kentucky 8-2, Saturday's match between the Commodores and the
Wildcats would decide which team would get the #2 seed in the SEC
tournament next weekend.
On Saturday morning, the women's golf team continued their quest for an
SEC championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Brentwood. Kristen
Svicarovich birdied holes 13 through 13 on her way to a 3-under-par 69
on Saturday. In the end, however, Auburn claimed the championship, and
Vanderbilt finished fourth.
Every Superman has his Clark Kent. On Saturday, the Hot Dog Man's alter
ego, Brandon Barca of the marketing department, was spotted at the
Legends Club, staffing the merchancise tent at the golf tournament.
Back on campus at the Currey Center, the tennis match with Kentucky was
underway. After Vanderbilt won the doubles point, Bertrand won the #2
singles match in straight sets, as did Amanda Fish in the #1 singles
match to put Vanderbilt ahead 3-0.
With their matches complete, Fish and Bertrand watched from the
sidelines as their teammates sealed the 5-2 victory and the #2 seed for the
SEC tournament and a first round bye. Their first game in the tournament
will be on Friday afternoon.
"Take me out to the ball game! Take me out in the crowd!" Across the
street from the Currey center, the baseball team was back in action for
the second game in the Georgia series.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Dores trailed 4-3. A double by
Matt Meingasner drove in Alex Feinberg with the tying run. Matt Buschmann went in as a pinch runner for Meingasner, then scored the
game-winning run on a single to right by Pedro Alvarez. After the team mobbed
Buschmann at the plate, #14 David Price led the charge to first base
where Alvarez got his turn in the mob.
On Sunday afternoon, Vandy wore their throwback uniforms for the rubber
game of the series. Casey Weathers relieved starting pitcher Matt
Buschmann in the 6th inning with one out and the base loaded. Weathers
struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Freshman hird baseman Pedro Alvarez capped off a week in which he hit
six home runs, batted in 17 runs and was perfect in the field with zero
errors in 14 chances.
After Vanderbilt's 11-3 victory, freshman first baseman Ryan Flaherty
modeled the throwback uniforms.
The Hot Dog Man was back in business, throwing t-shirts and hot dogs to
the crowd during the game. Afterwards, he gave away some free hot dogs
to fans who were waiting for the autograph signing session.
Even the numerals on the back of the uniforms were distinctly different
from modern-day numbers.
Having just won a big SEC series to improve to 10-5 in the SEC, Price
and Flaherty and their teammates had plenty to smile about as they
signed autographs after the game.
Photos copyright 2006 by Whitney D for VandyMania.com.