NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Top-ranked Vanderbilt looks to continue its strong start to the season, hosting Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday and Austin Peay on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. for both games at Hawkins Field.
The matchups 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.
The Commodores (5-1) are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Pepperdine on Sunday. On the day, Vandy pitching posted a 1.50 ERA, limiting the Waves to a .150 average. The Dores posted an impressive 27-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Outfield tickets are on sale for $7 to both games by visiting VUCommodores.com or by calling the ticket office at 615-322-GOLD. The athletic department will also be putting on its first $2 Tuesday with hot dogs on sale for the low price. The first 500 fans through the gates both days will receive Vanderbilt baseball collectible pins. Fans can also claim the second and third of 10 “Dores in the Show” poster.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
– TUESDAY: LHP Zach King (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. LHP Austin Sachse (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
– WEDNESDAY: TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
NEED TO KNOW
Tuesday marks the third meeting between Vanderbilt and Southeast Missouri (2008, 2014). The Redhawks defeated the Commodores, 12-8 on April 8, 2008 at Hawkins Field. The Dores defeated the Hawks, 10-4 at the facility in 2014.
Vandy and Austin Peay meet for the 80thtime in the history of the two programs on Wednesday. The Commodores own a 53-24-2 all-time advantage including a 12-1 mark at Hawkins Field. The Dores have won three consecutive including a 19-6 thumping a season ago.
Vanderbilt ranks tied for first in the SEC for triples (4), second in batting average (.336), second in on-base (.440) and fourth in hits (72). The Commodores have produced five double-digit hit performances in their first six games.
Vanderbilt is 100-20 (.833) in nonconference games at Hawkins Field since the start of the 2013 season. The Commodores went 12-4 in those games a season ago. Vandy’s best mark during that stretch came in 2016 when the squad finished 20-1.
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin is eight victories shy from reaching 800 career. Only 24 active head coaches have reached the 800-win milestone. Of those 24, only 11 have a higher career winning percentage than Corbin’s .665.
Vanderbilt will host Dayton this weekend beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s middle game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will start at 1 p.m.