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Baseball, NFL Draft, Commencement, NCAA golf and tennis this week

May 6, 2014



It is a jam-packed week for Vanderbilt athletics with festivities kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as Vanderbilt's baseball team meets Louisville in the annual "Battle for the Barrel." Since the annual series took on its official name, Vanderbilt has won both meetings. However, Louisville won the grander prize last season by upending the Commodores in the Super Regionals to claim a spot in the College World Series.

Tuesday will be the first meeting between the two teams since last June. Louisville and Vanderbilt enter Tuesday's matchup ranked in the top 20. Vanderbilt is 36-12 overall and 14-10 in the SEC. Louisville is 37-11 overall and 14-4 in the AAC. Vanderbilt will start RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 1.49 ERA) against Louisville's LHP Josh Rogers (1-2, 3.45 ERA). Tickets are available for the game and can be purchased here.

The baseball team will also play a three-game series with Florida Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Gainesville.

On Thursday, the NFL Draft begins in New York City. A handful of Commodores will hope to hear their name called in the three-day event that includes seven rounds. The first round will be held Thursday evening. The second and third rounds will take place Friday. Former Commodore wide receiver Jordan Matthews will be in attendance at the draft. Fans can view draft coverage on ESPN and NFL.com. More Information

Also on Thursday, Vanderbilt's women's golf team opens NCAA play in Tallahassee, Fla. The Commodores will be playing in the NCAA East Regional with a bid to the NCAA Championships on the line. More Information

Vanderbilt University will hold its annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday on Alumni Lawn. Click here for more information.

Friday is also the first day of the Men's and Women's NCAA Tennis Championships being played this weekend at Vanderbilt's Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores are hosting first and second round matches. Admission is $5. Visit NCAA Championships Central for more information.

The Commodore women's team will play at 1 p.m. Friday against Murray State, while the men's team will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Virginia Tech. If the women's team wins its first match, it will play at 4 p.m. Saturday. Should the men's team win its Saturday match, it will play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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