Commodores, Cats clash this weekend at The Hawk

March 27, 2014

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The Commodores slipped by Belmont 2-1 Tuesday night with an eighth inning run. Walker Buehler recorded a career-best 10 strikeouts and Dansby Swanson added three hits. Vanderbilt salvaged Sunday's game at Mississippi State with a 5-1 win. Tyler Ferguson tossed six scoreless innings to pick up the win and Carson Fulmer pitched the final three to earn his seventh save. The Commodores lost their first series since April 2012 with a 6-3 loss at Mississippi State Saturday night. The loss snapped a regular season streak of 23 straight series victories, including 15 in SEC play. Vanderbilt dropped the opener 17-2 at Mississippi State committing a season-high five errors in the loss.

Friday, March 28
RHP Tyler Beede (4-2, 2.06) vs. LHP A.J. Reed (4-1, 2.20)

Saturday, March 29
LHP Jared Miller (5-1, 2.26) vs. RHP Chandler Shepherd (5-0, 2.20)

Sunday, March 30
RHP Tyler Ferguson (4-0, 1.34) vs. RHP Andrew Nelson (1-1, 2.89)

Vanderbilt welcomes Kentucky to Hawkins Field this weekend. The last time the Wildcats visited Nashville the Commodores took two-of-three from then top-ranked Kentucky in a series that started a streak of 23 straight regular season series victories, including 15 straight in league play. Last season the Dores swept the Cats in Lexington, Ky. to clinch the SEC regular season title and set the team up to record an unprecedented 26-3 mark in league play. The Commodores are 114-120-3 all time vs. Kentucky dating back to 1924.

Xavier Turner enters the weekend with a team-best 13-game hitting streak. Turner has hit in every game since the Commodores' win over Tennessee Tech on March 4 going 19-for-50 (.380) with seven RBI and eight runs scored. Turner started the streak with three straight multi-hit games and posted his fourth multi-hit game during the streak in Sunday's win at Mississippi State with a pair of singles. The sophomore posted streaks of 15 and 12 games during his freshman season, ending the year on a 12-game hitting streak which he pushed to 15 straight games with hits in the first three games this season.

Dansby Swanson has been the Commodores' most consistent hitter this season reaching base in all 26 games this year and recording hits in 23 of the team's 26 games. In the three games Swanson has not recorded a hit, the sophomore has posted five walks. He enters the weekend on a seven-game hitting streak going 12-for-31 (.387) with five doubles, three RBI, three stolen bases and five runs scored. Swanson has been consistent while moving around the top third of the VU batting order.

With Sunday's win at Mississippi State, the Commodores avoided losing their third straight game and have now dodged losing three straight since early in the 2012 season when the team dropped five straight (March 16-23). Since that five-game losing streak the Dores have played 133 games without losing three straight.

The Last Meeting
May 12, 2013
Lexington, Ky.
Commodores clinch SEC title with sweep
No. 2 Vanderbilt clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a 10-5 win over Kentucky Sunday afternoon to finish off the series sweep.



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