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Getting back to the Promised Land: Can Vanderbilt bust out of its slump?

by Chris Lee in Sports

For a team expecting to compete for a Southeastern Conference championship, this wasn’t how Vanderbilt wanted to start its second half in league play. The Commodores, who two weekends ago were ranked No. 1 in three of the five national polls, have fallen on hard times. Six losses in eight games, including two lost weekend series to Ole Miss and South Carolina, dealt a blow to the ‘Dores’ SEC title hopes and will likely knock VU out of the top 10 when the polls are released later on Monday. What Vanderbilt fans are now wondering is a two-part question, with the answers intertwined with each other: What’s gone wrong during the skid, and what does it mean for what’s ahead? Here’s a look at that, and more. Tough times Vanderbilt right-hander Carson Fulmer has been untouchable lately. PHOTO COURTESY VANDERBILT ATHLETICS It’s a surprise to see the Commodores, the defending national champs, lose six of eight games to anyone. It’s even more stunning to see it happen when five of the eight games have been at home, all coming to teams that are far from certain to make an NCAA regional. Certainly, some concerns on both sides of the diamond [...]

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