VU's Casali caps big week with first career conference award

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 12:30am
Staff reports

Curt Casali’s superb week was capped off on Monday when the Vanderbilt catcher was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the week — the first such honor of his career.

Casali, a senior from New Canaan, Conn., was 6-for-14, knocked in 10 runs, scored three, hit three doubles and had a home run in four games last week.
 The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is batting .319 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 27 RBIs, which is tied for a team-high, as No. 1 Vanderbilt heads to Murfreesboro to play Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Casali was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in Vanderbilt’s 9-1 victory over MTSU last Tuesday in Nashville. He has 10 career home runs and a history against the Blue Raiders. As a freshman in 2008, he hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Commodores to a 12-10 victory.

He becomes the fourth Commodore to be honored by the SEC this season. A week ago, left fielder Tony Kemp was named co-freshman of the week. Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin have both been selected as pitcher of the week.

Vanderbilt has won four in a row against MTSU (9-22, 3-9 Sun Belt) and the Commodores will try to extend their 10-game winning streak.

VU (30-3, 10-2 SEC) is ranked No. 1 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the Baseball America and the USA Today/ESPN coaches polls and sits at No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, behind just Virginia (31-3).