NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No. 6 Vanderbilt caps its four-game homestand against Indiana State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. from Hawkins Field. The contest can be seen on the SEC Network Plus and heard on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM and VUCommodores.com.
Vanderbilt (27-9) boasts a 9-1 record in midweek games including posting seven consecutive wins. A season ago, Vandy went 5-5 through its first 10. The Commodores are 20-4 at Hawkins Field and are batting .328 at the facility.
The Dores improved to 6-0 in home series, taking 2-of-3 from No. 12 Arkansas last weekend. The Dores batted .300 in the series and produced double-digit runs in consecutive games vs. Arkansas for just the second time and first since 2009.
Indiana State is off to the best start in program history at 27-7. The Sycamores opened the season with seven-straight victories before recording nine-straight to open the month of March. Indiana State is 12-6 on the road and is hitting .274 overall.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
– TUESDAY: RHP Mason Hickman (4-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. TBA
Outfield tickets are on sale for just $7 and hot dogs will be available at the concession stand for just $2. Fans can pick up the latest installment of the ‘Dores in the Show’ poster at the marketing table. The giveaway features former Vanderbilt standout Kyle Wright.
NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt and Indiana State are meeting for the ninth time in the history of the programs. The Commodores hold a 5-3 advantage and have won five of the last six contests including an 8-5 victory at Hawkins Field a season ago.
Vanderbilt bounced back from a four-run deficit a season ago, scoring in four-straight innings between the fourth and the seventh for the win. Vandy is 2-0 against the Sycamores at The Hawk.
Vanderbilt is 18-3 in nonconference games including winning 12 of the last 13. The Commodores are batting .330 in those games including seven players who are hitting above .300 (min. 15 games).
The Dores are first in the SEC and second nationally with a .982 fielding percentage. In 2018, Vandy set a new school record and finished fifth nationally with a .981 fielding percentage.
Vanderbilt opens its sixth weekend of SEC play on Friday with a visit to Alabama. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on the SEC Network Plus. Saturday’s middle game gets underway at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network and the Sunday finale starts at 1 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus. All three matchups can be heard on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM and VUCommodores.com.