2018 NCAA Nashville Super Regional
Friday, June 8 • Nashville, Tenn. • Hawkins Field
Mississippi State (36-25, 15-15 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (34-25, 16-14 SEC)
VU Game Notes • MSU Game Notes
NASHVILLE – With a trip to the College World Series on the line, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State square off in a best two-of-three at the NCAA Nashville Super Regional from Hawkins Field. First pitch for the opener is Friday at 7 p.m.
The first game will be aired nationally on ESPN2. Fans can also listen to the game 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.
Saturday’s middle game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and Sunday’s if-necessary winner-take-all finale is slated for 5 p.m. airing on ESPN2. Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Kyle Peterson (color) will handle the call.
The Commodores (34-25) are hosting the super regionals for the fourth time overall and the first since 2014. Vandy has qualified for the supers in seven of the last nine years and is seeking its fourth trip to the College World Series in the last eight seasons.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• FRIDAY: RHP Drake Fellows (7-4, 3.52 ERA) vs. LHP Ethan Small (5-3, 2.94 ERA)
• SATURDAY: TBA vs. LHP Konnor Pilkington (2-6, 4.61 ERA)
• SUNDAY: TBA vs. RHP Jacob Billingsley (5-3, 5.05 ERA)
NEED TO KNOW
Of the 16 teams in the 2018 NCAA Super Regionals, only Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton were also part of the 2017 super regionals. This year marks the eighth super regional in Vandy program history and the fourth time (2018, 2014, 2013, 2011) the Dores have hosted a super regional.
The Dores matched a national-best with four players (Philip Clarke, Pat DeMarco, Mason Hickman and Austin Martin) named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team on Wednesday.
Vanderbilt leads the Southeastern Conference with 19 victories against USA Today Top 25 opponents this year. The Dores have played 29 games against Top 25 opponents, going 19-10 in those games -- including 2-0 last weekend.
Vandy has won nine of its last 11 games, including sweeping through the NCAA Clemson Regional. In that stretch, the Dores have batted .309 while averaging 10.18 hits and 8.18 runs per game. The pitching staff has logged a 3.40 ERA and limited opponents to a .215 average while striking out 101 batters.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Vanderbilt and Mississippi State have met 118 times including three earlier this season in Starkville, Miss. The Commodores recorded their first sweep at Mississippi State since 2010, taking all three from March 16-18.
Vandy outscored Mississippi State, 19-4, while posting a 1.33 ERA and limiting the Bulldogs to a .194 batting average.
Vandy blanked the Bulldogs, 5-0, in the series opener on March 16 for the squad’s first shutout in Starkville since April 12, 2008. The sweep was Vandy’s first in SEC play since taking all three against Missouri between March 25-27, 2016.
Vanderbilt swept its way through the NCAA Clemson Regional, capturing its seventh regional championship in the last nine years with a dominant 19-6 victory against the host Tigers on Sunday.
It marked the fifth time the Commodores won three-consecutive games at the NCAA Regionals en route to a Super Regional berth. Vandy clicked on all cylinders, shutting out St. John’s 2-0 in the opener, overcame a three-run deficit to hold on for a 4-3 win vs. Clemson in the middle game and belted nine home runs in a 19-6 victory against the Tigers.