Vanderbilt Game Notes
Vanderbilt looks to continue its home success this weekend, welcoming fifth-ranked Ole Miss to Hawkins Field for a three-game series in Southeastern Conference play.
Friday’s opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network Plus as is Saturday’s 2 p.m. middle game. Sunday’s nationally-televised game will be at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
Fans can listen to all three games courtesy of 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.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, April 13
RHP Drake Fellows (4-1, 2.51 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Rolison (4-3, 3.28 ERA)
Saturday, April 14
RHP Patrick Raby (2-4, 2.88 ERA) vs. RHP Brady Feigl (6-2, 3.09 ERA)
Sunday, April 15
TBA vs. RHP James McArthur (4-0, 2.54 ERA)
NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt has won three of its first four SEC series to begin the season for the first time since taking four-consecutive to begin the 2015 league slate. That team went on to play Virginia in the College World Series finals.
Vanderbilt pitching has been masterful since allowing 26 runs in three games at Florida. The Dores have posted a 2.51 ERA in five games since while limiting opponents to a .231 average. The bullpen has spearheaded the dominance, posting a 1.74 ERA and allowing just three runs in 18.1 innings. The pen has struck out 28 batters in that span.
Vanderbilt pitching has limited opponents to three runs or fewer 13 times in 18 home games this season. Offensively, the Dores have batted .309, averaging 7.77 runs and 10.55 hits per game while boasting a .417 on-base percentage.
Vanderbilt is on a historic tear defensively. The Dores rank third nationally and are tied for second in the SEC with a .984 fielding percentage. Vandy has committed just 19 errors in 1,1162 total chances. The program team fielding percentage record is .979, set in 2015.
Vandy has stolen 63 bases this season, ranking seventh nationally and first in the SEC. The Commodores have swiped nearly twice as many bags as they had through 33 games a season ago (32).
After spending 16 of the previous 20 games away from home, Vanderbilt opened an eight-game homestand last Thursday night against Georgia. The stretch includes 12 of the next 15 at Hawkins Field. Friday’s game will be the fifth-straight at home.
INSIDE THE SERIES VS. OLE MISS
Vanderbilt and Ole Miss meet for the 113th time in the history of the two programs on Friday evening.
The Commodores are 10-8 against the Rebels at Hawkins Field (2002-present) and have won three of the last five series between the two teams at the venue. Ole Miss has won two-straight series against the Dores.
Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have met each season over the last six years including twice in the SEC Tournament.
Vandy bats will be tested by an Ole Miss pitching staff that ranks first in the SEC in strikeouts (337). Offensively, the Rebels are second in the league in doubles (75) and third in batting average (.303).
Vanderbilt used two swings of the bat and stellar relief pitching to halt its midweek woes, defeating Western Kentucky 3-2 on Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The No. 15 Commodores overcame a two-run deficit, scoring three runs in the sixth courtesy of a leadoff home run from Pat DeMarco and go-ahead, two-run homer off the bat of Connor Kaiser to snap a five-game losing streak in midweek games. Four Commodore pitchers limited the Hilltoppers to a combined three hits.