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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (June 17th)

Omaha.

For college baseball players, coaches and fans, this one word holds more weight than all others. It’s the goal of every program in the country. It’s the reason why some high schoolers come to college rather than turn pro, or why collegiate players like Aaron Westlake and Taylor Hill decided to pass over the draft and return to college for their senior seasons. Until Saturday night, Omaha was a goal of the Vanderbilt Baseball program that had yet to be fulfilled. Coach Corbin has always told us, “sometimes you have to keep knocking at the door for it to fall”—the door finally fell. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (June 9th)

We are fortunate enough to host one of the eight Super Regionals this weekend, as Oregon State comes to Nashville for the three-game series starting Friday night (8 pm EST on ESPNU). It is the first time in Vanderbilt’s history that we have hosted a Super Regional, so we are all very excited to witness the atmosphere at Hawkins Field tomorrow night. Our fans helped sell-out each of our regional games at the Hawk last weekend against Belmont and Troy, so we plan on seeing just as good of a turnout this weekend as well.  Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (May 31st)

We gathered to watch the NCAA Selection Show at the Commodore Grille, a restaurant near campus, with about 200 of our fans. Even after four years, it is still very exciting to see “Vanderbilt” pop up on ESPN as a regional participant. We are fortunate to be considered a national seed (#6) this year, meaning we will host the first two rounds of the tournament as long as we continue to win and advance. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (May 25th)

The SEC Tournament starts today in Hoover, Alabama. The town of Hoover really does this thing right—each team stays in the Wynfrey Hotel, which is connected to the Riverchase Galleria Mall. We have easy access to food, a mall and a pool. We also get police escorts to and from each game at Regions Park, the Birmingham Barons AA stadium. Now if they could only hook us up with free WiFi in the rooms… Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (May 18th)

As the regular season comes to a close this weekend, we wrap up our schedule in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s a big weekend for us because we are currently tied with South Carolina and Florida (20-7 conference record) atop the SEC standings with 3 games to play. All we can control are our games against Georgia, but any help from Kentucky (vs. Florida) or Alabama (vs. South Carolina) would be appreciated. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (May 11th)

With final exams behind us, we headed to Lexington last weekend for a match up against the Kentucky Wildcats. We lost 2-0 on Friday, but quickly responded to win 10-3 on Saturday and 6-3 on Sunday. Last week I wrote that Alex Meyer is one of the best pitchers in the country and he definitely pitched like it on Friday, throwing a complete game shutout. Sonny Gray was saddled with the loss, which is a shame because he also threw a complete game in one of his best outings of the year. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (May 3rd)

One topic that hasn’t been discussed yet is hitting/pitching introduction songs that are played as we step to the plate or head to the mound. Choosing a song is no quick task—hours, maybe even days, are wasted (literally) researching and deciding on the right song or beat. Our songs are one way for our fans to identify us. People who have their head turned may hear Jay-Z’s “A Star is Born” and realize that Joe Loftus is about to hit. So even though we probably spend way too much time figuring out a song that is played for fifteen seconds, it still means something to us. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (April 26th)

We played really well last weekend, winning all three of our games against LSU. Our offense really stepped up, scoring double-digit runs in each of the three games. Conrad Gregor was named SEC co-Freshman of the Week after going 8-for-13 with six RBIs. Mike Yastrzemski also had a great weekend at the plate while playing in front of his grandfather, Carl, who came to Nashville for the weekend. I think he used to play baseball, too. With four SEC series remaining, we are tied for the conference lead at 14-4 with South Carolina and Florida. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Drew Fann (April 19th)

We went 2-2 last week, starting with a close midweek 1-0 win at Middle Tennessee State. T.J. Pecoraro had another strong start for us, and we were able to scratch across a run for him. We then traveled to Columbia for our series with South Carolina, where they won two of the three games. USC is a very good baseball team, and is even better playing at home behind about 10,000 fans each night. We were on the wrong end of a 3-1 pitcher’s duel Friday night, won 6-4 Saturday night thanks to Tony Kemp’s 5-for-5 hitting performance and lost 5-3 on Sunday. Jason Esposito hit three home runs this weekend to push his total to five on the year. We ended the first half of the SEC schedule 11-4 in the conference, one game behind South Carolina for the SEC East lead. Continue reading