VU heads to Louisville for Battle of the Barrel

Xavier Turner enters Tuesday night's game on a 13-game hitting streak.

April 22, 2013

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Vanderbilt clinched the team's 10th straight series of the season with a 5-1 win at Georgia on Sunday. Carson Fulmer earned his first career win and Brian Miller notched his 11th save of the season to tie the school record. The Commodores blasted a season-best five home runs en route to a 15-4 win over Georgia to split Saturday's doubleheader. Zander Wiel hit the first two home runs of his career, scored four runs and drove in five more in the victory. Vanderbilt dropped the series opener 3-1 at Georgia in the first game of a doubleheader. Kevin Ziomek was the tough-luck loser despite turning in his third complete game of the year. The Commodores' ninth inning rally fell one run short in a 10-9 loss to Tennessee Tech on Tuesday. Rhett Wiseman hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the loss.

Tuesday, April 23
RHP Walker Buehler (2-1, 2.76) vs. LHP Kyle McGrath (5-0, 1.16)

Freshman Walker Buehler gets his first start since taking his first career loss at Middle Tennessee State on March 20. The right-hander's last four outings have been out of the bullpen in Southeastern Conference action with his last three trips to the bump yielding only three hits with no runs and five strikeouts over four innings.

Freshman Xavier Turner enters Tuesday night's game riding a 13-game hitting streak. Turner is hitting .356 (21-for-59) during the streak with 12 runs scored and 10 RBI. The Dores' hot corner has posted seven multi-hit games and stolen nine bases, including four two-steal games. His streak is the longest current streak on the team and the longest for a Vanderbilt freshman since Tony Kemp hit safely in 15 straight in 2011.

With his two inning save at Georgia on Sunday Brian Miller moved into a three-way tie with Navery Moore (2011) and Ryan Rote (2004) for the most saves in a single season in Vanderbilt history. Miller now has 16 career saves leaving him three shy of Rote's all-time school record of 19. Miller has earned the save or a win in all but six of his team-best 22 appearances this season.

With Churchill Downs in the background, Patterson Stadium may turn into its own racetrack with two of the best running teams in the nation squaring off. Vanderbilt enters the game with 93 steals to rank ninth in the country and the Cardinals have 102 stolen bases to rank fifth. The Dores' 93 steals are the most since 2005 when VU swiped 95 bases, the most in the Tim Corbin era. No Vanderbilt team has stolen more than 95 bases since 1994 when the team posted 104 steals. This season the Commodores have allowed 28 stolen bases while the Cardinals have allowed 25.

Vanderbilt heads to Louisville for the second annual Battle of the Barrel. The Commodores edged the Cardinals 3-2 last season to win the first Barrel. Since beating Louisville in the Louisville NCAA Regional championship game in 2010, Vandy has not lost to Louisville - winning in 2011 at Patterson Stadium and last season at Hawkins Field. The two team's have developed a rivalry, playing every season since 2008, including 2010 when the Commodores won 11-10 in 17 innings on a Jason Esposito walk-off home run.

The Last Meeting
May 8, 2012
Nashville, Tenn.
Wild pitch helps VU past Louisville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A wild pitch by Louisville's Dace Kime allowed Vanderbilt's Conrad Gregor to score the winning run in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Hawkins Field as the Commodores took the first-ever Battle of the Barrel.



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