Vandy falls to Ole Miss in SEC Tourney, 9-3
Ryan Flaherty (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Ryan Flaherty (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Posted May 29, 2006


HOOVER- Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt 9-3 to win the SEC Tournament Championship game in front of 9,025 fans Sunday afternoon at the Hoover-Met. Despite the loss, Vanderbilt is considered a virtual shoe-in to make the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Commodores will find out their seeding on Monday at 11:30 a.m. CST.

The Rebels went 4-0 in the tourney and improved to 40-20 with the win, while the Commodores fell to 36-25 on the year.

Vanderbilt will find out its NCAA tournament fate tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. as the 64-team field will be unveiled on ESPN. The Commodores will have a Watch Party at the Commodore Sports Bar and Grill, located in the Holiday Inn Select on West End, starting at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Rebels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Justin Henry scored the first run due to a throwing error by Pedro Alvarez on a sacrifice bunt attempt, and Chris Coghlan scored the other on a RBI single by C.J. Ketchum.

Henry’s RBI double in the second made it 3-0. Logan Power’s sacrifice fly RBI in the third extended the lead to 4-0. Cozart’s RBI single in the fourth pushed the advantage to 5-0.

The Commodores got on the board in the fifth on a RBI single by Brad French and a sacrifice fly RBI by Pedro Alvarez. VU added another run in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. The Rebels were able to get out of the inning with minimal damage as the Dores had the bases loaded with no outs.

The Rebels put the game out of reach with four runs in the ninth to make it 9-3. Logan Power had a RBI double and then Mark Wright hit a three-run homer to centerfield to finish the tourney with 13 RBI.

David Macias and Brad French led VU with three hits on the day.


Ole Miss    211 100 004-9(12)0
Vanderbilt  000 020 100-3(13)1

Rodriguez, Satterwhite (6), Kline (8) and Brashear. Rhoden, Betourne (4), Buschmann (5), Shao (8), Weathers (9) and Hernandez. W-Rodriguez 4-3, L- Rhoden 3-1. Sv- Kline (3). HR- Ole Miss: Wright (12).

Game Notes: Four Commodores made the All-Tournament team: Third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Shortstop Ryan Flaherty, Outfielder Dominic de la Osa and Designated Hitter Shea Robin … Brad French tied a career high with three hits on the day.

Vanderbilt players watch the ninth inning from the dugout during the 9-3 loss to Mississippi in the championship game (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Vanderbilt players watch the ninth inning from the dugout during the 9-3 loss to Mississippi in the championship game of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament on Sunday in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)


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