Dores head to Knoxville to face UT

May 10, 2018

Games 49-51
Friday, May 11-Sunday, May 13 • Knoxville, Tenn. • Lindsey Nelson Stadium
Vanderbilt (25-23, 11-13 SEC) vs. Tennessee (27-23, 10-14 SEC)
VU Game NotesUT Game Notes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt and Tennessee square off for the 60th-consecutive season and 327th time in the history of the programs when the teams open a three-game series on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT. The two teams will square off in the middle game on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT while Sunday's finale is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. The first two games will be streamed on the SEC Network Plus while Sunday’s finale will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.

All three games will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus. Fans can also 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.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• FRIDAY: RHP Drake Fellows (4-4, 3.82 ERA) vs. TBA
• SATURDAY: RHP Patrick Raby (3-5, 3.48 ERA) vs. RHP Sean Hunley (6-2, 2.76 ERA)
• SUNDAY: RHP Mason Hickman (7-2, 4.13 ERA) vs. RHP Will Neely (4-1, 3.56 ERA)

NEED TO KNOW
This season marks the 60th-consecutive year (1959-present) in which Vanderbilt and Tennessee have squared off. The two in-state programs have met 50 times since the start of the 2002 season with Vanderbilt owning a 31-19 advantage in that span. The teams have split the last 10 matchups with three of those decided by one run.

Vandy has started six freshmen in each of its last two games. On Sunday at Auburn, the Dores started six true freshmen for the first time since April 26, 2016. VU is the only team in the country to start six true freshmen in a game this year.

Vanderbilt played error-free baseball for the 26th time this season last Saturday against Auburn. The Commodores are 16-10 in games without an error. The Commodores are fourth nationally and first in the SEC with a .982 fielding percentage. The program record for fielding percentage is .979, set in 2015.

Vandy has stolen 86 bases this season, 12th nationally, and first in the SEC. The total is already 32 more than the squad finished with a season ago (54). Four Commodores have registered double-digit stolen bases and 14 different players have swiped at least one bag this season.

With seven regular season games remaining, Vanderbilt is still looking to solidify a berth in the SEC Tournament and makes its case for the NCAA Tournament. The Dores are in a three-way tie for ninth in the SEC standings. Vandy has fallen nine spots in the RPI to No. 42 over the last week but owns 12 wins vs. Top-50 RPI teams.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. TENNESSEE
The Commodores own a 162-161-3 edge all-time including a 30-19 advantage in the Tim Corbin era (2003-present). The two teams have split the last two matchups a season ago with the finale canceled due to inclement weather.

Vandy is searching for its first series win against Tennessee since 2014 and first in Knoxville since 2012. The Dores are just 1-4 in five games this season against in-state schools and have dropped four-straight games.

UP NEXT: VANDY HOSTS MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Following its trip to Tennessee, the Commodores return home to face Middle Tennessee in their final midweek on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting vucommodores.com. Fans can also purchase by calling 615.322.GOLD (4653) or 1-877-44-VANDY.

The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Dansby Swanson bobblehead. Two-dollar Tuesday also returns for another week at Hawkins Field with hot dogs and popcorn on sale for just $2 each.

Vanderbilt is looking to avenge a 4-3, seven-inning loss in Murfreesboro on April 3. The Dores appeared to have a come-from-behind victory within its grasp as Alonzo Jones struck a two-out grand slam in the eighth inning for a 7-4 advantage. Moments later, with two down and a full count on Austin Martin, the game was stopped due to weather in the area and reverted back to the previously completed inning.


 

 

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