After being swept at Tennessee last week, LSU had a bad taste in their mouth. Accusations of UT fans heckling the Tigers as well as Coach Manieri not mincing words regarding the UT team and coaches befell the series late in the week. Tigernation was in need of a deep cleaning to wash it all away.
What they got is not what they bargained for. The nations #1 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores were next on deck, a daunting task for sure. Vanderbilt answered the bell, and gave Alex Box Stadium a cleaning that it hasn’t seen in quite some time. Tim Corbin and his ball club took it to LSU early and often, sweeping the purple and gold in a very lopsided series, out scoring the Bayou Bengals by a score of 29-7 in the 3 game set. Everyone already knows that Kumar and Jack headlined this set with Kumar going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 8. Sam Hliboki came in for the 3 inning no hit save. On Friday night, it was Jack’s turn. Leiter went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 12 K. Leiter extended his no-hit streak to 20.2 innings before allowing a lead off single in the 5th inning. Saturday was much more competitive, however, the Commodores pitching continued to handcuff the Tiger bats, only allowing 4 hits. For the weekend, Vandy pitching only allowed 12 total hits in the 3 game set. In a short description, it was pure domination, worthy of being awarded the Golden Broom for week 7 after going 4-0 on the week.
What made this sweep more impressive than just the sheer numbers was the rarity. For the first time since 2010, LSU has been swept by consecutive SEC opponents. Did I tell you this was a rare feat? Even more rare is that is was the first sweep of LSU at Alex Box Stadium since 2006 when the South Carolina Gamecocks accomplished the feat. Since that time there have only been 2 other occasions where LSU has gone winless in a 3 game series at Alex Box, one coming against Kentucky in 2007 when the Wildcats took the series 2-0-1 and in 2008 when Georgia repeated that scenario.
Congratulations to the Vanderbilt Commodores on your College Baseball Smack Golden Broom for week 7 of the 2021 season. Are the Commodores capable of reversing the jinx of this award? We will find out soon enough when they take the field on Tuesday April 6 vs UT Martin and then again when the Georgia Bulldogs come to town on Thursday April 8 for a 3 game set.