Shortage of runs cuts short Vanderbilt's stay at SEC baseball tournament

It is no secret why Vanderbilt did not last longer at the 2014 SEC baseball tournament. Not enough runs.

The Commodores were eliminated Thursday when they lost 7-2 to Ole Miss.

They won just once in three games, their earliest exit in four years, and scored just six runs in those contests. Only once under coach Tim Corbin have they scored so few runs in the conference tournament, and that was his first season as coach (2003).

A look at Vanderbilt’s run totals, from fewest to highest, during the SEC tournament from 2003 through 2014:

3 – 2003 (two games)

6 – 2014 (three games)

9 – 2010 (three games)

17 – 2004 (four games)

20 – 2011 (four games)

22 – 2009 (four games)

27 – 2013 (five games)
27 – 2012 (six games)

30 – 2008 (five games)

38 – 2006 (five games)

49 – 2007 (six games)

Consider that Vanderbilt played 15 conference tournament games in the previous three tournaments and scored more than six runs five times.

“You talk about it a lot, but the kids have to answer,” Corbin said of his team’s offensive struggles. “You know it’s on their mind. It’s one of those things where you just try to execute as best you can, but you can’t take a hammer and just keep beating them on the heads about it. They’re good kids, and they know what they’re supposed to do.”

Now they have to wait for the NCAA tournament field to be announced to find out whether they have done enough to host a regional.