Vanderbilt rally falls short at SEC Tournament

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 10:36pm

HOOVER, Ala. -- Michael Guerrero hit two home runs to lead Ole Miss to an 8-7 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Regions Park.

The sixth-seeded Commodores were eliminated from the tournament and will now wait until Monday to learn of their NCAA Tournament destinaton. NCAA regionals begin next week.

VU rallied late, chopping an 8-3 deficit to 8-7 in the ninth inning on a home run by Pedro Alvarez before Ole Miss reliever Scott Bittle struck out Dominic de la Osa and Steven Liddle to end the game.

"We knew we were going to win and pull it out in the end," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "We came up short. That's all right. We learned something from it. We have some young kids and grew up a lot this week. Nothing to be embarrassed about. We left it on the field and that's what matters."

Vanderbilt [40-20] defeated Ole Miss earlier Saturday but needed to win twice to advance to Sunday's championship game against LSU. Ole Miss will face LSU for the title at 3 p.m.

The Commodores had played in the SEC Tournament championship games in each of their last three appearances and won the crown in 2007.

"We came down here kind of thinking it was our tournament and kind of feel like it's our home field," catcher Shea Robin said. "We expect to get to the championship game."

Ole Miss [37-23] became the first No. 8 seed to advance to the SEC Tournament championship game since the tournament adopted its current format in 1996.

Check back throughout the weekend and Monday for more Vanderbilt baseball coverage.

SEC Baseball Tournament

Regions Park

Hoover, Ala.

Wednesday

Game 1 — LSU 5, South Carolina 4 [10 innings]

Game 2 — Vanderbilt 7, Florida 3

Game 3 — Ole Miss 4, Georgia 1

Game 4 — Kentucky 9, Alabama 3

Thursday

Game 5 — South Carolina 11, Florida 3

Game 6 — Alabama 5, Georgia 2

Game 7 — LSU 8, Vanderbilt 2

Game 8 — Ole Miss 8, Kentucky 7

Friday

Game 9 — Vanderbilt 7, South Carolina 5

Game 10 — Alabama 13, Kentucky 4

Saturday

Game 11 — Vanderbilt 7, Ole Miss 4

Game 12 — LSU 12, Alabama 8

Game 13 — Ole Miss 8, Vanderbilt 7

Sunday Championship Game

Ole Miss vs. LSU, 3 p.m. [FSN]

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