NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt continues its eight-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming Western Kentucky to Hawkins Field for a 6:30 p.m. tilt.
The game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus. Fans can also listen in via the vucommodores app as well as locally on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM with Joe Fisher on the call. Pre-game coverage begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt's offense made a strong return last weekend. The Commodores, who hit .180 over their 10 previous games entering the Georgia series, batted .286 in three games against the Bulldogs while posting a .386 on-base percentage.
The Commodores are looking to snap a five-game losing streak in midweek games. Vanderbilt last won in the midweek on Feb. 28 against Indiana State. Vandy is 4-5 in midweek games this season after going 12-2 in 2017.
Vanderbilt pitching has limited opponents to three runs or fewer 12 times in 17 home games this season. Offensively, the Dores have batted .315, averaging 8.05 runs and 10.82 hits per game while boasting a .420 on-base percentage.
Vanderbilt is on a historic tear defensively. The Dores rank sixth nationally and third in the SEC with a .984 fielding percentage. Vandy has committed just 18 errors in 1,126 total chances. The program record is .979, set in 2015.
Vandy has stolen 62 bases this season, ranking 10th nationally and first in the SEC. The Commodores have swiped nearly twice as many bags as they had through 32 games a season ago (32).
The Hilltoppers will be the 21st different opponent and second from Conference USA that Vandy has faced this season. The Dores have faced foes from 14 different leagues including the ACC, American Athletic, America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, PAC-12, SEC, Southland and Sun Belt.
With Saturday’s win against No. 16 Georgia, the Commodores are now 12-6 against ranked teams this season. Vandy boasts the nation’s ninth-toughest schedule and enters Tuesday No. 24 in the RPI.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. WKU
Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky meet for the 61st time in the history of the two programs on Tuesday evening.
The Commodores are riding a three-game winning streak in the series and have won 13 of the last 16 matchups.
Vandy defeated WKU, 8-1 on March 14, 2017, at Hawkins Field. Ty Duvall led the Dores’ 10-hit attack with Ethan Paul and Julian Infante adding two hits. Chandler Day was strong over 5.1 innings, earning his second-straight win while allowing one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin and WKU head coach John Pawlowski served as assistant coaches together for five seasons at Clemson (1994-98). The duo helped the Tigers to five-straight NCAA Regionals and two College World Series.
Vanderbilt snapped a six-game losing streak and captured its third SEC series win in four tries last week, winning two-straight against No. 16 Georgia at Hawkins Field after falling in the opener.
The Commodores' rejuvenated offense hit .286 in three games vs. the Bulldogs while swiping 10 bases in 12 attempts. Vanderbilt broke through offensively, roughing up No. 16 Georgia with four runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh as part of a series-clinching 8-3 victory on Saturday afternoon.