Date with Duke

Commodores, Blue Devils battle in Super Regionals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt Commodores host the Duke Blue Devils in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at Hawkins Field starting Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s middle game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and Sunday’s if-necessary finale gets underway at 2 p.m.

The opener and finale can be seen on ESPN2 while Saturday’s contest will air on ESPNU. All three games can be seen on ESPN3, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and heard on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM and VUCommodores.com.

The Commodores (52-10) have reached the super regionals in eight of the last 10 seasons and are hosting the round for the fifth time since 2011. Vanderbilt is 61-38 all-time in the NCAA Tournament including capturing all three games at the NCAA Nashville Regional last weekend.

Duke (34-25) advanced to the super regionals for a second consecutive season after going 3-0 at the NCAA Morgantown Regional. The Blue Devils defeated two-seed Texas A&M twice and upended top-seed West Virginia. The Blue Devils are 26-17 all-time in the postseason.

Vanderbilt Baseball vs. Illinois State (G2, 2/28/15); W, 3-2

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
– FRIDAY: RHP Drake Fellows (12-0, 3.87 ERA) vs. RHP Ben Gross (7-4, 4.09 ERA)
– SATURDAY: RHP Kumar Rocker (9-5, 3.91 ERA) vs. RHP Bryce Jarvis (5-1, 4.06 ERA)
– SUNDAY: TBA vs. TBA

NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt and Duke are meeting for the second time in as many seasons. The Commodores took 2-of-3 on opening weekend last year at Hawkins Field. The Dores batted .339, averaging 7.33 runs across three games against the Blue Devils a season ago. Vandy pitching limited Duke to a .194 average.

Vanderbilt has already set four single-season school records including home runs (87), RBIs (497), walks (341) and runs (529). The Commodores’ home run record (86) had stood since 1985 and their walks record (322) has held up since 1989.

Vandy leads the nation with 52 wins. The Dores have won 50 games six times in program history (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019) – all under head coach Tim Corbin. Vandy’s 52 wins are the third-most in program history, two off the mark of 54 set in 2007 and matched in 2011.

UP NEXT
The winner will advance to the College World Series which begins next Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores are looking for their fourth trip to Omaha and first since 2015. The Blue Devils have been to three College World Series, with the last appearance coming in 1961.