NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Top-ranked Vanderbilt looks to continue its winning ways, welcoming Davidson and East Tennessee State for a pair of midweek contests at Hawkins Field. Tuesday’s tilt against the Wildcats is set for 1 p. m. and Wednesday’s matchup against the Bucs will start at 2 p.m.
The games were originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. but were bumped up due to anticipated freezing temperatures. Both matchups can be seen on the SEC Network Plus with Wednesday’s game serving as a single-camera pass-through with audio piped in.
Tickets are on sale for just $7 by visiting VUCommodores.com or by calling (615) 322-GOLD. On Tuesday, fans can purchase a hot dog for just $2.
Fans unable to use their tickets throughout the season can easily donate those through Vanderbilt’s Account Manager. Tickets will be donated to Vet Tix, providing an opportunity for active military and veterans to attend Vanderbilt events. Donors will receive an in-kind gift receipt.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
– TUESDAY: RHP Chance Huff (1-0, 7.71 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
– WEDNESDAY: TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt and Davidson have met three times previously, with the Commodores taking 2-of-3 from the Wildcats from March 3-5, 1980, in Davidson, North Carolina. With last weekend’s sweep of Dayton, Vanderbilt improved to 17-1 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10.
Davidson first-year head coach Rucker Taylor is a 2006 Vanderbilt alum and played for Tim Corbin from 2003-06. Taylor was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams, was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and was among the team leaders in fielding percentage all four seasons.
Wednesday marks the fifth overall matchup against East Tennessee State with Vanderbilt holding a 4-0 lead in the all-time series. The matchup will be the first since the 2013 NCAA Nashville Regional when the Dores downed the Bucs, 9-1.
Vanderbilt ranks first in the SEC in batting average (.322), hits (124), on-base percentage (.428) and triples (5). The Commodores produced six consecutive double-digit hit performances (Feb. 20-March 1) for the first time since a season ago.
Vandy leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The Dores have fanned 15-plus batters on four occasions including 18 on Friday against Dayton. In eight home games, Vandy has posted a 2.59 ERA while limiting opponents to a .196 average.
Vanderbilt returns to action Friday, hosting its final nonconference series when Illinois State comes to town for three games. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s middle game will get underway at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is set for 1 p.m.