HOOVER, Ala. – For the third time in five years Vanderbilt is the runner-up at the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
The Commodores (34-25), who won their first three games at this year’s event, lost 6-2 to LSU in the championship game on Sunday.
The top-seeded Tigers (46-16) battled all the way through the loser’s bracket following a first-round loss to Vanderbilt. They earned their spot in the title game with two victories over Georgia – 16-0 and 3-2 – on Saturday.
"I just think that they know how to win," VU coach Tim Corbin said. "Of course, they are going to be playing a regional, and will probably win that. Regardless of the situation, the fact that they had played five games and we had played three, it did not matter."
It is the eighth tournament crown for LSU, which has played in the title contest 13 times.
Vanderbilt, the No. 8 seed, got solo home runs from Steven Liddle and Curt Casali but was limited to just six hits.
Liddle’s one-out home run in the fourth got the Commodores within two, 3-1. Casali’s leadoff shot in the seventh made it 6-2.
"We did not strike out that much, but we just did not get the timely hits that we needed to," Casali said.
Senior Nick Christiani was VU’s starting pitcher. He allowed three runs on four hits in four innings. Russell Brewer and Richie Goodenow held the Tigers hitless over the last two innings.
Vanderbilt will find out Monday where its seed and destination for the NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday.
The complete 64-team field will be announced 11:30 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday on ESPN.
The 16 regional host sites were announced Sunday. They included three SEC teams – LSU, Florida and Ole Miss.