Vanderbilt visits Long Beach State at 8:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday for the first true road test of the season. The matchup will be the lone midweek game for the No. 15 Commodores before taking part in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
Fans can listen to Wednesday’s broadcast on Nashville’s WNSR SportsRadio 560 AM and 95.9 FM or worldwide through the VUCommodores app.
ON THE BUMP
TBA vs. RHP Tyler Radcliffe (0-1, 4.50)
NEED TO KNOW
Vandy is in the midst of the longest road trip of the Tim Corbin era (2003-present). Wednesday’s game will be the fourth of a seven-game stretch away from Hawkins Field. The trip began last weekend with three in Houston.
Head coach Tim Corbin became Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest coach with Sunday’s 9-4 victory against Houston. The 16th-year head man won his 656th career game in the finale of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The win pushed Corbin past Roy Mewbourne’s (1979-2002) mark of 655 victories.
Vanderbilt and Texas Tech are the only teams in the country to rank in the Top 30 for batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. Through 13 games, the Commodores are third in fielding percentage (.989), 20th in batting average (.320) and 30th in earned run average (2.63).
Five Vanderbilt freshmen have made starts this season while 15 total have made appearances. The unit has combined to hit .360 (71-for-197) with 45 runs and 48 RBIs while posting a 2.71 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 46.1 innings pitched.
The Commodores boast one of the strongest schedules in recent memory during 2018, playing a combined 22 games against opponents ranked in the preseason Top 25. The Dores are 3-1 in games vs. D1Baseball.com ranked opponents, including winning 2-of-3 against No. 25 Duke and defeating No. 24 Houston.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. LONG BEACH STATE
Vanderbilt and Long Beach State meet for the seventh time in the history of the two programs on Wednesday.
The Commodores own a 5-1 advantage in the series, winning 2-of-3 in Nashville on Opening Weekend 2013 and sweeping the Dirtbags in Long Beach, Calif., on Opening Weekend 2014.
Wednesday marks the beginning of a four-game trip on the west coast for Vanderbilt. It also serves as a homecoming for freshman starting third baseman Jayson Gonzalez, who hails from Covina, Calif.
Wednesday’s matchup against the Dirtbags marks the fourth game of a 10-day, seven-game road trip. Following tonight’s game at Blair Field, Vanderbilt takes part in the Dodger Classic beginning Friday at UCLA.
This season marks the ninth time in the last 10 years in which Vanderbilt has played road games in the state of California. During that stretch, the Dores have played at Cal (1x), Long Beach State (3x), San Diego (6x), San Diego State (1x), Stanford (9x), UCLA (2x) and USC (2x) for a combined record of 14-10.