Archive for May, 2011

Florida Gators Win SEC Baseball Championship 5-0 over Vandy

The Florida Gators proved they are the best College Baseball team in the SEC on Sunday by winning the 2011 SEC Championship at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama with a 5-0 shutout of #2 ranked Vanderbilt.  The Commodores could do nothing right and the Florida Gators did everything right to win the game.  Vandy gave up 2 runs early off two errors and had flat bats most of the day stranding 9 runners in scoring position.  Florida’s Alex Panteliodis gave a solid 5 1/3 innings getting out of several scoring opportunities by the Commodores.  Going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position was the theme of the day for Vandy.

Both Vandy and Florida will host NCAA Baseball Regionals next weekend which will be announced later today.  Congrats to Florida on winning their first SEC Baseball Tournament Title in 20 years! Here are a few pictures from the game in Hoover.

Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama hosted the 2011 SEC Championship Tournament

It was a great weather day for this years SEC Tournament Championship game

Regions Park is a Pitchers Park especially with the change to the new Metal Bats for College Baseball

Vandy wore their Red, White and Blue Uniforms in Honor of Memorial Day weekend.

Tony Kemp slides into 3rd in the 1st inning of SEC Baseball Championship Tournament play

Connor Harrell slides in to 3rd base but could not make it home.

Anthony Gomez gets around to hit this ball. That's a fast swing!

Nick Maronde is congratulated by Gator RHP Matt Campbell after stranding more Vandy runners

US Military Families and their sons who gave their lives for our country are Honored between innings

Preston Tucker gets hitting instruction from Florida Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan late in the game

Gator Picture Nick Maronde releasing a strike out of his wind up

The Best College Baseball in the Country!

Daniel Pigott chasing the ball off the wall late

Cody Dent ready to close out the game in the 9th inning

Gator Fans were hard to find at this years SEC Tournament in Hoover

Austin Maddox gets the last out to win the SEC Baseball Championship for the Florida Gators

Gators celebrate their win!

The Florida Gators are this years 2011 SEC Champions!

Florida Gators Win Baseball Series from Vanderbilt 2-1

The #5 ranked Florida Gators came from behind to beat #2 Vandy at Hawkins Field 6-5 after a rain delayed Friday night college baseball game had to be finished on Saturday.  With both teams bullpens depleted Vandy crushed Florida in the 2nd game 14-1.  In the 3rd and deciding game the SEC leading Commodores took the lead once again in the early innings only to have the Gators tie the game up at three and force extra innings.  Vandy had opportunities to win the game with runners in scoring position with zero or 1 out twice in extra innings but could not get the winning run home.  Finally in the top of the 12 inning Florida’s Mike Zunino hit a 3-2 fast ball over the right field wall scoring 3 runs to win the game and holding Vandy scoreless in the bottom half of the inning.   It was a hard fought series giving a glimpse into what is shaping up to be one of the best SEC Baseball Tournaments in recent years with South Carolina, Florida and Vandy all ranked in the top 5 of all College Baseball Polls.

Florida's Hudson Randall throws to 1st base on a pick off try

Tony Kemp Stealing 2nd Base leading off the 1st inning

Tony Kemp's speed beats throw to 2nd base by a whisker!

Tony Kemp safe at 3rd

Gator 3rd Baseman Jeff Moyer signals Fly Ball

Vandy Head Baseball Coach Tim Corbin giving instruction to Aaron Westlake

Sonny Gray winds up for the pitch to home plate

Vanderbilt's Sonny Gray keeps an eye on the runner at 1st Base

Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field, Nashville TN

The Hawkins Family enjoying the Vanderbilt Baseball Team at Hawkins Field

Florida 3rd Baseman dives for Fly Ball

Vandy Bench greets Mike Yastremski after scoring

It was a cold May Day at Hawkins Field

Jake Locker to wear #10 for Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker, the #1 Draft Pick of the Tennessee Titans will wear Jersey #10 as a Titan here in Nashville, Tennessee.  Locker wore #10 while playing college football for the Washington Huskies.  Vince Young has quarterbacked using jersey #10 during his playing career with the Titans.  Titan Fans welcome the hard work ethic Jake Locker brings along with his hard nose style of play.  New Head Coach Mike Munchak is quickly surrounding himself with hard working personnel to start his 1st year as Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans. The 2011 NFL Football Season looks to be an exciting year for the Titans if only the players and owners can agree to play football this fall.  Welcome to Nashville Mr. Jake Locker!

Jake Locker will wear #10 for the Titans

Jake Locker's Name being sewn onto his new jersey

Canucks Edge Predators 2-1, Take NHL Playoff Series in 6

The Nashville Predators played their hearts out in game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs last night hoping to force a Game 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Vancouver Canucks scored two early 1st Period Goals to take a quick 2-0 lead.  The Preds bounced back early in the 2nd period to pull 2-1 and Bridgestone Arena was rocking.  As hard as the Predators tried to score on Power Plays the Canucks Defense was just too much to overcome.  As the Vancouver Canucks celebrated their Stanley Cup Series win the Nashville Predator Fans stood and gave their much loved Preds a standing ovation for a great season.  This marked the first time in Predator history that a team had advanced to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It also marked the first time the Preds had won an elimination game in game 5.  It’s great to be part of something as special as the Nashville Predators.  We all know this is just the beginning of bringing a Stanley Cup Championship to Nashville someday soon!  Great Job Preds!

Outside Bridgestone Arena before Game 6

Fans gather in Front of Bridgestone Arena before the Preds and Canucks game 6

Canuck Fans and Predator Fans enjoying pre game festivities

A Few Canuck Fans Happy to be in Nashville for Game 6

Canuck Fans seemed to enjoy visiting Nashville for the Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Ryan Suter skating hard giving it his all in Game 6

It did not take long for the first Fight to Break Out on the Ice

Canucks Score Early to take a 1-0 lead

Canucks Maxim Lapierre skating to the Puck

Canucks Score 2nd Goal Quickly in 1st Period of Game Six

Canucks Celebrate 2nd Goal

A Predator and Canuck Collide on the Ice

Preds & Canucks Chasing the Puck to win Game Six

Shea Weber doing his best to win Game 6

Cody Hodgson & Cody Franson Battling

Ryan Kessler had one of his best NHL Playoff Series against the Predators

Ryan Kesler passing the puck

Pred Colin Wilson Battling Canuck Maxim Lapierre

Predator Fans Cheering on their Boys!

Bridgestone Arena was sold out and loud

Alexander Edler in Pursuit of David Legwand

Dan Hamhuis taking a pass

Canucks Jannik Hansen & Raffi Torres

Aaron Rome & Roberto Luongo defending the Goal

Aaron Rome & Roberto Luongo Determined to Stop a Shot from the Preds

Joel Ward trying to stay in Position to make a shot

Raffi Torres & Dan Hamhuis putting on some Strong Defense

Christian Ehrhoff trying to shake a Pred

Canucks Defending their Goal

Patric Hornqvist jamming the defense in front of the net

Battles in front of the Net were fierce all night long

Daniel Sedin & Roberto Luongo Defending their Goal

Sedin & Weber Fighting for the Puck

Stand With US on Final Time!

Go Preds!!!

Shane O'Brien & Chris Higgins Battling for Position

Pekka Rinne Firing the Puck back up the Ice

Martin Erat desperately trying to get the Puck into Position for a Goal in Final Minutes

Canucks Celebrate Series Win

Old Teammates Embrace

Barry Trotz Congratulates Alain Vigneault

Preds Fans give their Nashville Predators a Standing Ovation for a great Playoff Series Run!

Fans leaving Bridgestone Arena after Game Six

Fans heading out of Bridgestone onto and down Broadway Night Life

Canucks 3, Predators 2, Game 3

The Nashville Predators tied up the game in the 3rd Period for the 2nd game in a row but could not get the win against the Vancouver Canucks.  A questionable penalty call against Shea Weber looked as though Ryan Kesler was holding Weber’s hockey stick under his arm.  Weber tried several times to pull his hockey stick out from under Kessler’s arm to no avail and was called for the penalty.  Kessler then scored the winning goal a few minutes later.  Here’s a youtube link showing the penalty call.  Shea Weber penalty on Ryan Kesler in Game 3 OT

Game 4 here in Nashville looks to be another close one goal game if both Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo continue their solid play.

Hockey Fans filing into Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for game 3 between the Canucks and Predators

Preds fan taking turn at smashing a Canucks Car

Preds Ice Girls welcoming Fans

Elvis coming to Preds game

Bridgestone Arena before Game 3

Pekka Rinne waiting for game to begin

Singing of O' Canada

Pekka Rinne capturing the Puck

Canucks Mason Raymond

Pekka Rinne Stop

Kevin Kline getting into position

Canucks Ryan Kesler

Sutter and Burrows

Canucks Maxim Lapierre

Preds Fans Celebrate 1st Goal of the Game

Preds skate to bench during Time Out

Canucks ready for Overtime

Sergei Kostitsyn taking a shot

Jonathan Blum attempting to end OT

Fierce OT Hockey Play

Predators Matt Halischuk taking off

Canucks Celebrate Game 3 OT Win

Preds Fans leaving Bridgestone Arena

Music City Marathon Pictures at Shelby Bottoms Mile Mark 22 & 23

The Music City Marathon ran it’s race through the streets of Nashville, Tennessee yesterday under near perfect weather conditions.  I live just up the hill from Shelby Bottoms Park which is at mile marker 22 and 23 of the Marathon Race Course.  Having run 3 Marathons myself I can identify with the pain each runner was feeling at this point in the marathon race.  All sports athletes whether Pro Athletes or Amateur know the feeling when you hit the wall and feel you can go no further.  Being a spectator for the final miles of a Marathon gives one a unique opportunity to cheer on each Marathon Runner as they dig deep within their soul to finish the race they have trained so long and hard for.  I hope you enjoy these photographs taken on Saturday around the 4:30 time mark of the marathon race.   It was great fun recording and cheering all the runners on as they pushed their tired bodies the last few miles.

Vandy Sweeps UT Vols with 19-3 Win at Hawkins Field

First Game Handshake with Umpires

After winning back to back 10 to 1 decisions the Vanderbilt Baseball team swept the Tennessee Volunteers at Hawkins Field in Nashville, TN 19-3.  Tim Corbin’s Commodore Baseball team outscored the Vols 39 to 5 during the weekend 3 game series.  While Vandy is playing with a high level of confidence you would have to say Tennessee is not playing with confidence as the 11 run 6th inning by Vandy on Sunday demonstrated.  As Vandy focuses on the remaining games before the SEC Baseball Tournament you have to wonder if the Vols can win enough remaining games to make the trip to Hoover.  Tim Corban seems to have his baseball team on a mission, you can see it by how Vandy is playing.  I absolutely love watching Coach Corbin coach during games.  He’s truly one of the great head coaches of college baseball.  You can tell he knows what each of his players is capable of and executes plays during the game for each player to make.  When it fails he goes into analyzing what went wrong.

Great series win for the Commodores as they continue a three way tie for first in the SEC Baseball Standings with South Carolina and Florida.

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