Was No. 1 Vanderbilt baseball’s disappointing opening weekend a major problem or just temporary growing pains?

The answer could come in the next few games, beginning with the home-opening midweek series against South Alabama on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games will start at 4:30 p.m. at Hawkins Field and air on SEC Network Plus.

The Commodores posted a 1-2 record in the MLB4 Collegiate Baseball Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. They lost to No. 11 Michigan 4-3, beat Connecticut 6-1 and lost to Cal Poly 9-8.

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It’s such a small sample of games in a long season, so don’t expect the Commodores to panic. But even coach Tim Corbin said, “We got a lot to do. We have a long way to go with a lot of holes to correct.”


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Here are some of the early problems that need to be resolved for Vanderbilt to play at a high level:

Young Commodores must eliminate errors

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