SEC Champions

Vanderbilt captures seventh regular season title

Vanderbilt scored six times in the third inning with Bleday swatting his national-best 24th home run. Julian Infante added the major damage by rocketing a two-out, bases-clearing three-run double into the left field corner to put the Commodores ahead 7-1.

Scott started the scoring in the second, registering his fourth homer in three games and third of the series. The senior added one of five hits as the Commodores batted around in the third. Paul deposited a three-run home run into the left-field bullpen for a 12-4 advantage in the eighth.

Kumar Rocker (7-5) worked around seven hits and allowed four runs while striking out six without a walk in seven innings. The freshman right-hander has fanned six-plus batters in seven of his last nine starts and has tossed five-plus innings in nine of his last 10 starts.

Kentucky’s Dillon Marsh (3-3) was tagged for eight hits and seven runs while walking three and striking out another in three innings. Reliever Braxton Cottongame could not limit the damage, permitting two runs on two hits in as many innings. Kentucky fell to 26-28 overall and 7-22 in league play.

The Dores aim for their fifth SEC series sweep in the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Vandy turns to right-hander Patrick Raby (9-1, 2.42 ERA) against southpaw Zack Thompson (6-1, 2.14 ERA). The matchup