Commodores host Cardinal this weekend

Feb. 27, 2014

Vanderbilt Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Evansville jumped on the Commodores early for six runs and used clutch pitching down the stretch to down the Dores 8-3 Wednesday. VU left eight runners in scoring position in the loss. Vanderbilt dropped its first game of the season with a 3-2 loss to Western Kentucky on Tuesday. The Dores were held to a season-low three hits. The Commodores finished off the team's second series sweep of the season with a 12-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Kyle Smith and Zander Wiel each had three hits with Smith scoring a career-high four runs in support of Tyler Ferguson, who earned the win with 5.2 innings of work. Jared Miller and Carson Fulmer combined on their second shutout of the season on Saturday with a 2-0 win over UIC. The Commodores rolled to a 14-1 win in the series opener vs. UIC. VU pounded out 19 hits and Tyler Beede fanned a career-best 11 to earn the win.

Friday, Feb. 28
RHP Tyler Beede (2-0, 0.82) vs. RHP Brett Hanewich (0-0, 1.08)

Saturday, March 1
LHP Jared Miller (2-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Chris Viall (1-0, 3.86)

Sunday, March 2
RHP Tyler Ferguson (2-0, 0.82) vs. TBA

For the first time since 2011, Stanford returns to Hawkins Field this weekend. The last time the Cardinal visited Nashville the two teams were ranked in the top 10 (#3 VU, #8 Stanford) and loaded with future pros. The Friday night game featured future first round picks Sonny Gray and Mark Appel with the Dores winning 2-1. The Commodores claimed the series with an 8-7 win on Saturday before dropping the finale 5-2 on Sunday. Vandy traveled to Stanford in 2012 and was swept by the Cardinal on opening weekend.

Dansby Swanson enters this weekend's games as the only Commodore to have a hit in all nine games this season. The Commodores' second baseman has eight one-hit games to go along with his career-best, three-hit effort against Illinois-Chicago last Friday. The sophomore played in only 11 games last year due to injuries and has already surpassed his hit total from his freshman campaign (three hits).

Vanderbilt's rotation of Tyler Beede, Jared Miller and Tyler Ferguson has been strong over the Commodores' first two weekends. The trio has combined to allow five runs, two earned, on 11 hits over 35 innings (0.51 ERA) with only five walks while winning all six of their starts. Miller has combined with Carson Fulmer for two shutouts in both of his starts with the big lefty allowing only five hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. Beede enters the weekend having allowed only two hits in 11 innings with his 18 strikeouts ranking second in the SEC. Ferguson has improved in each start, posting career-bests in innings pitched (5.2) and strikeouts (7) in his last outing vs. Illinois-Chicago.

Sunday's game vs. Stanford has been moved up to noon due to Stanford's travel plans.

New Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason will throw out the first pitch at Saturday's game vs. Stanford. The Commodores' new boss came to West End from Stanford, where he was the Cardinal defensive coordinator.

The success of the Vanderbilt baseball program has resulted in a sellout of infield season tickets over the past four seasons. At times, season ticket holders have been unable to attend games, leaving seats unfilled within the infield bowl area. In response to the high demand, the athletics department has announced two programs to help fill those unused seats - a National Commodore Club (NCC) Ticket Exchange Program and the creation of a limited number of general admission infield single game tickets that will be sold on a game-by-game basis.

General Admission Infield Single Game Tickets
Throughout the 2014 baseball season, ticket buyers will have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of general admission infield seats. These general admission infield seats will be made available after all single-game infield seats have been sold. General admission buyers will have the opportunity to sit in any open seat within the infield bowl. If the rightful ticket holder for that seat shows up, the general admission ticket holder will be asked by a member of the guest services staff to move to another open seat. If none are available, the ticket holder will be able to move to the standing room patio located down the left field line.

A limited number of general admission seats, priced at $10 each, will be available at select games and Vanderbilt Athletics maintains the right to not make these tickets available for certain games. General admission tickets will only be available on the day of the game from the Hawkins Field box office and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis

If ticket holders arrive to a game and find a general admission buyer in their seats, they are encouraged to approach a member of the Vanderbilt Guest Services staff who will ask the general admission buyers to find another available seat.

"We feel that the sale of these general admission tickets will help us to address the concern of many fans that seats are going `unused' in the infield area when those sections are sold out," Associate Athletic Director Steve Walsh said. "Our hope is that this limited number of general admission seats will help to maintain the great atmosphere at Hawkins Field for all home games."

National Commodore Club Ticket Exchange
The National Commodore Club announced it would institute the NCC Ticket Exchange program for the 2014 Vanderbilt Baseball season. The program aims at keeping the seats filled with Vanderbilt fans and serves as a great benefit to National Commodore Club members. By donating tickets, members accrue face value priority credit that applies toward their NCC priority rank for seating, parking and postseason ticket purchases. Tickets are then allocated to National Commodore Club members who make requests based on availability and in priority rank order. This exciting program will allow members who can't make it to games the benefit of accruing more NCC credit while ensuring other Commodore Club members the opportunity to watch the Commodores and fill the infield seats.

**A member of the National Commodore Club includes any current donor to Vanderbilt Athletics.**

To donate tickets:
1. Please complete and turn in the ticket donation form indicating the games and number of tickets you are returning for each game.
2. Mail all original donated tickets to the NCC Office at 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville, TN 37212. Members will receive priority credit in the amount of the face value of the tickets. Original tickets must be returned for the member to receive priority credit.
3. Face value of a single-game ticket for the 2014 baseball season is $12 for infield seats.
4. Tickets will not be accepted to exchange for different seats or for different games.
5. Any member caught selling donated tickets will not be allowed to participate in the ticket exchange program in any capacity.

To request tickets:
1. Current NCC members can complete the ticket request form indicating the games and number of tickets (maximum of 6) that you are requesting for each game.
2. The week of the game, the NCC priority list will be run and those that fall within the range for existing tickets will be notified of ticket availability via email and phone.
3. Tickets can be picked up at the Gate 3 Ticket Booth two hours prior to first pitch on game day or at the McGugin Center Box Office on the Friday before the game.

If you have questions, would like to renew your membership or join the NCC to take part in the ticket exchange process, please call the NCC Office at (615) 322-4114.



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