by SID - The roller coaster 2009 baseball season is not done yet. Despite getting swept at home against in-state rival Tennessee, the Commodores still made the Southeastern Conference tournament as the eighth seed.
Up next is LSU, who two seasons ago were swept out of Hawkins Field in the final weekend of the 2007 regular season. Since that time the Tigers have made it back to elite status with a College World Series appearance in 2008 and a share of the regular season conference championship with Ole Miss this year. They are a very good team in all phases and will certainly pose a tough challenge on Wednesday.
The old saying of once you get in, anything can happen is very true of the SEC tourney. In 2007, Vanderbilt was the No. 1 seed and lost to No. 8 seed Tennessee on Day 1. Last season No. 1 seed Georgia fell to No. 8 seed Ole Miss in the opening round. The Rebels advanced to the championship game, before falling to LSU.
With a bigger ballpark that limits power numbers, the Commodores have used it to some success in the Tim Corbin era. While some teams go in and treat the tournament as a tune up and seek rest for NCAA play, Corbin has always played to win the tourney in Hoover. The team made the finals in 2004 and 2006, won it in 2007 and only an 8-7 loss to Ole Miss in the semifinal round stopped a third straight championship game appearance in 2008.
Now many may say the season is already over and they are partly right, the regular season is. The post-season has begun and this young Commodore team has shown it can bounce back from adversity all year long. Let's hope this week the roller coaster is climbing up, instead of speeding down.