Formidable Foe Awaits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Top-ranked Vanderbilt caps its 15-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming red-hot Samford to Hawkins Field for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
The Bulldogs (12-3) are riding a 10-game win streak following a sweep of Kennesaw State. Vanderbilt (13-3) took 2-of-3 from Illinois State last weekend, seeing its seven-game win streak snapped in the series finale.
The matchup will be streamed live on the SEC Network Plus with Andrew Harris and Kevin Ingram on the call. SEC Network subscribers can tune in through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Fans can also listen to the games on the VUCommodores app and locally on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM.
Tickets are on sale for just $7 by visiting or by calling (615) 322-GOLD. Fans can purchase a hot dog for just $2. The sixth edition of the “Dores in the Show” poster featuring Sonny Gray will be available at the marketing table.
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.
– TUESDAY: RHP Chance Huff (2-0, 5.87 ERA) vs. RHP Gene Hurst (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Vanderbilt and Samford meet for the 23rd time and first since May 12, 2004. Vandy holds 14-8 edge in the series. The Dores won 13 of the first 16 games vs. the Bulldogs before dropping five straight from 1998-01.
Vanderbilt pitching leads the nation with 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Vandy has fanned 10-plus batters during 13 consecutive games (Feb. 20-present). The Dores have posted a 2.97 ERA while limiting opponents to a .203 average during that stretch.
Vanderbilt has scored in the first inning in nine of its 16 games including three of the last five. The Dores are 8-1 when scoring in the first inning. Vandy has scored five runs in the frame on two occasions and three runs a total of four times.
Vanderbilt ranks first in the SEC in batting average (.330), hits (186), runs (141), on-base percentage (.437) and triples (9). Vandy has scored five-plus runs 13 times and 10-plus runs four times during March.
Vanderbilt opens SEC play on Friday, visiting Texas A&M for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s middle game is set for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will get underway at 1 p.m. All three games will be streamed on the SEC Network Plus.

Vanderbilt pitching: Leading the nation in long walks back to the dugout. ? #VandyBoys

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