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No. 10 Commodores open at Long Beach State

Feb. 13, 2014


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VANDERBILT RE-VU
Vanderbilt's 2013 season was one for the record books, literally. The Commodores piled up multiple school and SEC records both as a team and individuals. The Dores matched the school record by finishing 54-12 and smashed the league record with a 26-3 mark in SEC play. For the second time in three years the Commodores claimed the SEC regular season title and hosted both NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals. The Vandy roster boasted six All-Americans led by unanimous first team All-American Tony Kemp, who also became Vanderbilt's second-ever SEC Player of the Year. Tyler Beede, one of the six All-Americans, led the nation and set a new VU record with 14 wins. All-American Brian Miller set the school single-season record with 16 saves and established the all-time school record with 21 saves in just his second season on West End.

ON THE BUMP
Friday, Feb. 14
RHP Tyler Beede (0-0, -.--) vs. LHP Ryan Strufing (0-0, -.--)

Saturday, Feb. 15
LHP Jared Miller (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Andrew Rohrbach (0-0, -.--)

Sunday, Feb. 16
RHP Tyler Ferguson (0-0, -.--) vs. LHP Nick Sabo (0-0, -.--)

BACK TO THE BEST COAST FOR THE OPENER
Vanderbilt opens the 2014 season on the West Coast for the first time since 2012 when the Commodores began the year with a trip to Stanford. Since Head Coach Tim Corbin's arrival in 2003, the Dores have opened their season out west six times, including this weekend's series at Long Beach State. The trip to southern California is the first for Vandy since 2011 when the Commodores played three games against San Diego and one against San Diego State. The return to the Los Angeles area is the first since 2010 when Vandy took on UCLA, USC and Oklahoma State.

BEEDE, B. MILLER PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Juniors Tyler Beede and Brian Miller have both been named preseason All-Americans. Beede was tagged as a first team All-American by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. Miller earned a second team nod from the NCBWA. Both right-handers are coming off record-setting sophomore seasons for the Dores. Beede set the school record with 14 wins going 14-1, including winning his first 11 starts. Miller saved a Vandy record 16 games and took over the top spot all-time at VU with 21 saves in just his second season in the Black & Gold.

BACK AGAINST THE BEACH
Vanderbilt opens the season against Long Beach State for the second straight season. The Commodores took two-of-three from the Dirtbags to open last season in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. VU took the opener 10-4 behind an 11-hit attack and six solid innings from Kevin Ziomek. The Dores hammered LBSU on Saturday 12-2 despite picking up just five hits. Vandy walked 10 times and the Dirtbags walked five in a game that lasted nearly 3.5 hours. The Dirtbags salvaged the Sunday game 13-9 in eight innings in a time-shortened game.

CORBIN'S COMMODORES IN OPENERS = 7 A LUCKY NUMBER
The Commodores open the season on the road for the seventh time under Head Coach Tim Corbin. The Dores have started the season 1-0 seven times with Corbin at the helm, including three of the last four years. Vandy has won the opening series or won at least two games on opening weekend seven times since Corbin's arrival in 2003.

LOTS COMING BACK BUT LOTS TO REPLACE
The Vanderbilt roster welcomes back 18 lettermen from last year's SEC championship squad. Half of those 18 lettermen reside on the Commodores' pitching staff led by All-American Tyler Beede. The VU pitching staff returns 39 (72%) of the team's 54 wins from last year, 413.1 (69%) of the team's 596 innings and 358 (69%) of the club's 520 strikeouts in 2013. The Dores' offense, however, does not return as much experience with six starters from last year's lineup gone. Those six players (Tony Kemp, Mike Yastrzemski, Connor Harrell, Conrad Gregor, Spencer Navin and Jack Lupo) combined for 435 (62%) of the team's 700 hits, 286 (62%) of the club's 459 runs, 22 (54%) of the squad's 41 home runs and 106 (76%) of the team's 139 stolen bases.

B. MILLER NAMED TO STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Commodore closer Brian Miller was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list prior to the season. Miller is coming off the greatest season ever by a Vandy closer, saving a school record 16 games as a sophomore. The Franklin, Tenn. native already holds the school's all-time record with 21 saves in his first two seasons.

COMMODORE NATION
The Vandy roster features players from 14 different states ranging from Oregon (Tyler Campbell) and California (Tyler Ferguson) on the west coast to New York (T.J. Pecoraro and Tyler Green) to Florida (Vince Conde, Carson Fulmer, Karl Ellison and John Kilichowski). Tennessee leads all states on the roster with nine players.

 

 

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