After both SEC baseball tournament games on Friday were shortened by the mercy rule, there was a sense that things would change on Saturday. After all, the top four seeds in the conference were playing -- no one was going to run-rule the other team.
And while Vanderbilt didn't get the necessary ten-run lead to end its game against Texas A&M early, the Commodores did continue the offensive outburst that began against Alabama. After the 12-3 win against the Aggies, Vanderbilt has now scored 28 runs in its last 16 innings of baseball, and at one point Saturday was averaging two runs an inning since the beginning of the Alabama game.
On Saturday alone, the Commodores had seven extra-base hits -- three doubles, a triple and three home runs. Seven Aggies pitchers tried, mostly in vain, to stop the onslaught. And while the Vanderbilt bats were impressive, they were helped out by three A&M errors, leading to three unearned runs.
Meanwhile, the Commodores got an impressive relief performance from John Kilichowski, who came in for a shaky Walker Buehler and pitched five perfect innings to send Vanderbilt to the final game of the tournament. Vanderbilt will face the winner of Florida-LSU.
Texas A&M, meanwhile, waits to find out whether they will be a national seed in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies will host a regional and have a pretty good shot at home field advantage through Omaha. If the latter happens, it will make up for the battering they took on Saturday.