No. 2 Vanderbilt baseball secured its seventh SEC regular-season title, and it will play Wednesday in the SEC Tournament.
The Commodores beat Kentucky 16-10 Thursday, 12-4 Friday and 7-4 Saturday to win their sixth consecutive SEC series and fifth series sweep this season. Overall, they won 18 of the past 19 games to finish the regular season.
Vanderbilt (45-10, 23-7 SEC) has won at least a share of an SEC regular-season title in 1973, 1974, 1980, 2007, 2011, 2013 and in this season. The last four came during coach Tim Corbin’s tenure, when the Commodores climbed to among the top programs in college baseball.
Vanderbilt will play the Auburn-Tennessee first-round winner in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on SEC Network in the double-elimination portion.
Winning the SEC regular-season title doesn’t guarantee postseason success. The SEC regular-season champion has won the SEC Tournament 19 times since 1977, but only four times in the past 22 years. Vanderbilt swept both titles in 2007.