Commodores Visit Starkville

Vanderbilt begins three-game series at Mississippi State on Friday

Schedule Update: Friday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. CT.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt baseball begins a three-game series at Mississippi State Friday at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss.

SERIES PREVIEW: Vanderbilt heads to Starkville, Mississippi, winners of 10 of its last 11 games to face Mississippi State for a three-game SEC series. 

  • Vanderbilt and Mississippi State have met 130 times with Vanderbilt trailing the all-time series 54-74-2. 
  • This weekend’s series is the first meeting between the two schools since the 2021 College World Series. 
  • Vanderbilt will be playing in Starkville for the first time since the 2018 season. 

LAST TIME OUT: Vanderbilt swept defending champion Ole Miss last weekend at Hawkins Field. 

  • Vanderbilt’s pitching was dominant in the series as the Commodores outscored the Rebels 27-4. 
  • The Dores run-ruled Ole Miss in eight innings in the opener on Thursday. Hunter Owen then tossed a complete-game shutout Friday and Vandy scored seven unanswered runs Saturday to complete the sweep. 
  • Hunter Owen was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week after throwing Vandy’s first nine-inning, complete-game shutout since Jack Leiter in 2021. He struck out a career-high 11 and retired the final 23 batters he faced. He needed just 96 pitches in the win. 

SUPERB SOUTHPAWS: Left-handed pitchers Carter Holton, Hunter Owen and Devin Futrell have anchored the weekend starting rotation this season. 

  • Combined, the trio owns a 2.50 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 75.2 innings. 
  • Holton is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA and 30 Ks. Owen is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 35 Ks and Futrell is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 18 Ks. 

A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN: Enrique Bradfield Jr. stole his 97th career base vs. UCLA (Feb. 26) to break the program record set by Charles DeFrance (1980-82). 

  • Bradfield leads all active players in NCAA baseball (I, II and III) with 108 career stolen bases. 
  • The junior outfielder’s 108 career stolen bases ranks sixth in SEC history. Tennessee’s Mike Basse (1989-91) holds the all-time record of 145. South Carolina’s Mike Curry is fifth at 122. 
  • Bradfield stole 46 or more bases in each of his first two seasons. He was 46-for-46 in 2022 after going 47-53 as a freshman in 2021. 

ON THE MOUND: Vanderbilt’s pitching has been dominant over the last 10 games. 

  • Vandy’s staff owns a 1.86 ERA with a no-hitter and two shutouts over that span. 
  • The Dores are 9-1 and the arms have racked up 109 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .157 average. 

AT THE PLATE: A look at some of Vanderbilt’s top offensive performers. 

  • Graduate RJ Schreck is hitting .395 over the last 10 games. He has three homers, four doubles, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored over that span. 
  • Freshmen RJ Austin and Chris Maldonado have made immediate impacts in the lineup. Austin has a team-high nine multi-hit games. Nine of Maldonado’s first 16 collegiate hits have gone for extra bases (seven 2Bs, two HR) 
  • Jack Bulger is hitting .500 (9-for-18) with runners in scoring position. 
  • Davis Diaz has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games. He’s one of five Dores to have reached safely in each of Vandy’s last 10 contests. 

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Where the Dores rank statistically among NCAA DI teams. 

24th (1st SEC) – Double plays turned (18) 

10th – ERA (3.09) 

33rd (4th SEC) – Fielding percentage (0.979) 

3rd (2nd SEC) – Hits allowed per nine (6.09) 

4th (3rd SEC) – Shutouts (4) 

19th – Strikeouts per nine (11.0) 

8th – WHIP (1.09) 


Chris Maldonado – 10th SEC – Doubles (7) 

Hunter Owen – 3rd SEC – ERA (2.20) 

Carter Holton – 9th SEC – ERA (2.39) 

Nick Maldonado – T-1 SEC – Saves (3) 

Enrique Bradfield Jr. – 10th (1st SEC) – Stolen