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Around the Bases Watches Vanderbilt Defeat Stanford and Hopes Georgia Defeats Someone


Vanderbilt defeats Stanford, 2-1. In games that ranged from pitchers' duels in Friday's 2-1 victory to offensive barn-burners in Saturday's 8-7 win, Vanderbilt took two of three games against the Cardinal. The Commodores did lose Sunday's 5-2 game after Stanford pitchers allowed only hits during just two innings, the fifth (when Vanderbilt scored both its runs) and the ninth. Still, the Commodores have the most impressive series win of the season so far, which is saying something despite other high-caliber teams like South Carolina taking on the Southern Illinoises of the world. There were also a few other disappointing losses on the weekend, but the season's most underperforming team has to be --

Georgia Watch. There are those who probably think that I'm just a South Carolina picking on Georgia by looking at the Dawgs' continuing woes, but that's not really the case. It has been a long time -- as in, more than a decade -- since the Dawgs have been this bad at baseball. Last season's 16-37 record was the first time Georgia has won fewer than 20 games since 1974 -- when they only played 28 and went 10-18. Now, this weekend's 1-2 mark against Baylor -- and the 19-12 loss Sunday -- are the latest indications that the Dawgs could be headed for back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1998 and 1999, the final two years of the Robert Sapp Era. That was also the last time Georgia failed to make the NCAA tournament two seasons in a row. This for a team that went to the College Worlds Series four times from 2011 until 2008.

Back to this year's team, Georgia is now 1-5 against teams not named "Furman." The good news is that the Dawgs play Furman Wednesday. The bad news is that they do not play Furman again.

Undefeated teams. We have four teams left who have yet to lose a game, and two in each division for nice symmetry. Florida and South Carolina in the SEC East haven't lost yet, with the undefeated teams in the West being LSU and Arkansas. Two of those teams will face a tough test this weekend, with the Bayou Bengals going up against powerhouse Cal State-Fullerton the weekend after that. Arkansas could conceivably make it to the SEC schedule unscathed.

Best Series of the Weekend: South Carolina vs. Clemson. In one of the odder set-ups in college baseball, the Gamecocks' rivalry series with the Tigers will start with No. 7 South Carolina hosting No. 11 Clemson in Game 1; playing a "neutral" game against the Tigers in Greenville, which is staunchly pro-Clemson, for the Game 2; and then going to play a road game in Clemson's actual home stadium for Game 3. Those aren't the only good games, though. No. 1 Florida hosts No. 25 Miami. (These are last week's rankings and subject to change Monday.) And at least two other teams take on ranked squads: Georgia hosts Florida State -- sorry, Georgia fans -- and Auburn plays the College of Charleston for one game as part of the Lowcountry team's tournament this weekend.