2011 Nashville Super Regional


6. Vanderbilt Commodores

Nashville, Tennessee

At-large bid from SEC, Won Nashville Regional

2011 record: 22-8, 50-10 (tied for first in SEC East)

Head coach: Tim Corbin (Ohio Wesleyan, 1984)

Record at school: 372-187, 9 years

Overall record: 478-325, 15 years

Assistant coaches: Derek Johnson, Josh Holliday, Larry Day

Team offense: .319 BA, 422 R, 42 HR, .452 SLG%, .405 OB%, 77-106 SB

Team pitching: 2.41 ERA, 530 IP, 421 H, 174 BB, 511 K

Top hitters: Jason Esposito (.362/8/55/15-25 SB), Aaron Westlake (.349/14/48), Anthony Gomez (.342/0/43), Conrad Gregor (.344/3/30), Tony Kemp (.323/0/31/15-19 SB), Curt Casali (.310/6/50), Mike Yastrzemski (.301/2/38/22-25 SB), Connor Harrell (.282/7/28)

Top pitchers: Navery Moore (4-2, 1.21, 11 SV, 29.2 IP, 18 H, 12 BB, 25 K), T.J. Pecoraro (7-0, 1.59, 39.2 IP, 26 H, 13 BB, 41 K), Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 1.61, 44.2 IP, 33 H, 15 BB, 46 K), Sonny Gray (11-3, 2.01, 107.2 IP, 73 H, 39 BB, 115 K), Grayson Garvin (13-1, 2.37, 102.1 IP, 87 H, 21 BB, 89 K), Taylor Hill (5-1, 2.84, 92 IP, 85 H, 22 BB, 88 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2010 (4-1 at Louisville Regional, 1-2 at Tallahassee Super Regional)

Notes: The Commodores, in the NCAA for the fifth straight year, are back in the Super Regionals for the second straight year. They are looking for their first trip to Omaha. Vandy yielded three runs in the Regional in two wins over Belmont and a win over Troy. Opposing teams have scored more than three runs against the Commodores only 17 times this season – they allow only 2.83 runs a game. An SEC-record 12 Vandy players were drafted this week, led by first-rounders Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin. The Commodores have two big-time arms in Garvin, who was the SEC's pitcher of the year over Gray and South Carolina's Michael Roth. Garvin limits hitters to a .228 average, and Gray, who threw three complete games, holds batters to a .192 clip. Surrounding them has been a deep and talented staff - closer Navery Moore has been lights out. Offensively, Jason Esposito does a little of everything, and Aaron Westlake can mash (.632 SLG) or take a walk (48 BB/HBP). Mike Yastrzemski is the grandson of Red Sox HOFer Carl Yastrzemski. Freshman Tony Kemp had been on fire entering Regionals but struggled a bit last weekend. He has a brother who played in the Brewers organization. Jack Armstrong is the son of former major leaguer Jack Armstrong. Coach Tim Corbin was an assistant at Clemson before turning Vandy into a national power. He also spent time as a head coach at Presbyterian, starting that program from scratch. Assistant Derek Johnson was named the top pitching coach in the country according to CollegeBaseballInsider.com's survey of 40 percent of D-I head baseball coaches.


Oregon State Beavers

Corvallis, Oregon

At-large bid from Pac-10, Won Corvallis Regional

2011 record: 17-10, 41-17 (tied for second in Pac-10)

Head coach: Pat Casey (George Fox, 1990)

Record at school: 578-354-4, 17 years

Overall record: 749-467-5, 24 years

Assistant coaches: Marty Lees, Pat Bailey, Nate Yeskie

Team offense: .270 BA, 333 R, 30 HR, .391 SLG%, .369 OB%, 51-68 SB

Team pitching: 2.93 ERA, 515.2 IP, 456 H, 154 BB, 431 K

Top hitters: Andrew Susac (.313/5/32), Kavin Keyes (.316/1/30), Ryan Dunn (.286/4/26), Jared Norris (.286/2/24), Carter Bell (.299/1/22), Danny Hayes (.277/4/32), Brian Stamps (.270/2/23)

Top Pitchers: Matt Boyd (0-0, 1.45, 4 SV, 43.1 IP, 39 H, 11 BB, 35 K), Tony Bryant (3-2, 1.52, 12 SV, 47.1 IP, 39 H, 11 BB, 40 K), Sam Gavigilo (12-2, 1.87, 115.1 IP, 82 H, 27 BB, 113 K), Scott Schultz (4-0, 3.00, 51 IP, 43 H, 11 BB, 27 K), James Nygren (8-3, 3.47, 72.2 IP, 70 H, 15 BB, 55 K), Josh Osich (6-4, 3.64, 76.2 IP, 62 H, 34 BB, 79 K), Ben Wetzler (6-3, 4.66, 63.2 IP, 69 H, 17 BB, 45 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2010 (1-2 at Gainesville Regional)

Notes: The Beavers swept through the Corvallis Regional to advance to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2007. OSU was making its sixth appearance in seven years and hosted a Regional for the first time since 2006, the first of its back-to-back national championship seasons. Not bad for a Beavers team that was picked by Pac-10 coaches to finish eighth in the preseason poll. This OSU team is like the champion teams in that it is built on pitching and defense. The Beavers are long on pitching, combining for a 2.93 team ERA – they held Regional opponents UALR, Creighton and Georgia to close to a .200 average. Relievers Matt Boyd and Tony Bryant sport miniscule ERAs and give OSU an option on closing games. After posting a 5.60 ERA as a sophomore, Sam Gaviglio threw three complete games and limited opponents to a .200 average with an ERA of 1.87 – he was the Corvallis Regional MOP. Catcher Andrew Susac was the No. 5 prospect in the Cape according to Baseball America and leads the Beavers in hitting and slugging. He was picked in the fifth round of the MLB Draft to lead eight OSU players who were picked. Freshman Kavin Keyes graduated from high school early and should be a senior this year - instead he's the Beavers' second-leading hitter. Coach Pat Casey was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He was CollegeBaseballInsider.com’s National Coach of the Year in 2005, the year before the Beavers won their first national title. Casey was named the top collegiate coach of the last decade by Baseball America in a vote by fellow coaches. And OSU was named the No. 2 program of the decade, trailing only Texas.