By David Rutz - The Commodores clinched the final spot in the SEC Tournament Saturday, but they were less than pleased that it was courtesy of a Florida victory over Kentucky, not because of them defeating visiting Tennessee.
A 9-7 loss on a long day at Hawkins Field, where Vanderbilt held leads at 4-0 and 7-4 but couldn't make them hold up, completed a three-game sweep by Tennessee, its first of the Black and Gold since 2000.
Unbeknownst to the Commodores, Florida finished off a 13-9 victory just a few minutes before Brian Harris popped out to finish the game in the bottom of the 10th inning.
"I thought we had to win this game to be in there," said senior Jonathan White. "Definitely disappointing. (That) UT could come here and take three from us on our home field doesn't sit well with anyone right now."
Vanderbilt entered the final two games of the series just needing one more win to assure itself a position. Head coach Tim Corbin said the Kentucky game was the last thing on his mind and the only focus of him and his players was controlling their own destinies.
"We didn't play winning baseball," Corbin said. "We came in (this series) needing to win one and that's kind of how we played. Tight baseball, not fun baseball, I'll tell you that."
He was able to put things in perspective though.
"We're in the tournament, everyone's 0-0," Corbin said. "Sleep this one off, pound myself in the head, and we'll talk about it tomorrow."