by SID - The Commodores will take on the Blue Raiders in a few hours in the first game of the Louisville Regional.
Vanderbilt will try and have its second successful (in terms of W-L) weekend in a row for just the third time this season and for the first time since taking series from Florida and Arkansas the first two weeks of April. Since that time the Dores have spent the last six weeks alternating a winning weekend with a losing one.
So either things remain the same or VU will start a new trend. The young Commodores gained valuable postseason experience last week at the SEC tourney and one person that set the tone was junior ace Mike Minor. His complete game gem over No. 2 LSU in the opening round last Wednesday was, in my opinion, his best pitching performance as a Commodore. It was his second complete game in three starts and came against a team many are picking to win it all.
Minor has always pitched well in the postseason. He has made three appearances, two starts and one relief outing, in the last two NCAA tournaments and is 1-0 with a 3.85 ERA with 15 strikeouts and just one walk in 16.1 innings. Vanderbilt will once again need him to set the tone for the weekend against a powerful Middle Tennessee squad.
More on Middle Tennessee later in the day..