By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
Highlights | Box Score
HOOVER, Ala. – Tyler Beede tossed 7 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball with eight strikeouts Friday to lead top-seeded Vanderbilt to a 3-0 victory against ninth-seeded Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Vanderbilt (50-8) advances to Saturday’s second SEC Tournament Semifinal against fifth-seeded Mississippi State, which will be televised on ESPNews. Texas A&M (32-27) is eliminated from the SEC Baseball Tournament.
Six Vanderbilt players had two or more hits in the game, including a 3-for-5 performance from Tony Kemp at the top of the lineup. Beede earned the win for the Commodores to improve to 14-0 on the year. Brian Miller pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief, picking up his 15th save of the year.
Vanderbilt scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Kemp singled up the middle to open the frame and was driven in by Xavier Turner’s double to left center field. Turner advanced to third on a bunt single by Mike Yastrzemski and scored on a sacrifice fly from Connor Harrell to put the Commodores ahead 2-0.
Vanderbilt added a run in the top of the fifth to go ahead 3-0. Harrell reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Rhett Wiseman.
2013 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 14 – Friday, May 24 – 6:00 p.m.
#1 Vanderbilt vs. #9 Texas A&M
Vanderbilt Postgame Quotes
Coach Tim Corbin
On Tyler Beede
“It was a great response from last week. I’m happy for him. It bothered him, but he put it behind him. I liked his plan of attack today. I thought he threw his fastball well. He took us deep into the ballgame, which was very much needed.”
On what he told Tyler Beede last week
“I didn’t say much. The things I talk to him about are more positive and mental. I was trying to get him back on try. He’s a mature kid and can get himself back on track.”
On the 14 hits by Vanderbilt
“We went to Hoover High School this morning and had a routine going where we had a couple of grooves. We had a couple of stations rotating and it felt taxing on our bodies. So what we did was stretch lightly and come on the field. We were really relaxed and focused on the game.”
On their new routine
“What we normally do is have a bunting and stretching station. Then we have hitting on the field. Then we have defense. We decided to switch it up and go lighter today. Our bodies felt a lot better on the field and it showed.”
On bouncing back
“It was a lot of making adjustments. I was determined to get back out there after last week. This is what our team does. We make adjustments. We didn’t play our best the first two games, but we played well tonight.”
On his rhythm
“I felt good with my fast ball. I felt good going into the sixth and the seventh. I hoped to try to finish the game. I just had to trust the defense.”
Texas A&M Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Rob Childress
“Those guys showed a lot of composure, but we played better defense behind them. Beede is 14-0 for a good reason. You go through this league and you’re 14-0, you’re pretty good on the mound; when you have a defense behind you, an offense that’s going to score you some runs, you’re pretty good. Vanderbilt’s a very dynamic team; they can beat you with speed, with discipline, with power. They don’t beat themselves, they’re going to play for at least another month.”
On their first appearance at the SEC Tournament
“We came here to win it, I’m certainly disappointed in that. But we’ve played extremely well in the past month. We’ve given ourselves a chance to play in the postseason so I fully expect that we’ll be one of the 64 teams announced Monday.”
On why the Aggies should play in the postseason
“We’ve had a great finish, we have a great RPI. Our last 15 games, we’ve played at an extremely high level, and finished strong in this conference tournament.”
On the loss
“I think we competed really well. We wiggled out of some jams that could’ve easily put them ahead of us five, six runs. That’s a really good team over there, with a really good pitcher on the mound. We stayed in the game, we had our chances all night, and you’re only going to get so many pitches against a pitcher like that. We just couldn’t capitalize on any of those chances.”
On Beede’s effective wildly pitching
“He does enough to keep you on your toes, but at the same he’s putting it right in the strike zone so you have to move your bat. He’s effective enough to keep you aggressive.”
On why the Ags should play in the post season
“We’ve put together a pretty good run at the end of our first year in the SEC. We played well throughout the tournament, we had one bad game last night, but that’s one of our only games we haven’t played well in the past month or so. It’s not up to us anymore, we’ve played well, if we get in, we did enough.”