Matchup in the Magnolia

Vanderbilt faces No. 18 Ole Miss this weekend


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Another top-20 matchup is on deck for the Vanderbilt baseball team, as the second-ranked Commodores are set to face 18th-ranked Ole Miss this weekend in Oxford.

The two teams are scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday, while Saturday’s contest is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. The series finale between the Commodores and Rebels is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

The bookend games of the weekend will be aired live on SEC Network, with the duo of Dave Neal and Kyle Peterson on the call.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday: RHP Kumar Rocker (11-1, 2.31 ERA) vs. LHP Doug Nikhazy (6-2, 2.47 ERA)
Saturday: TBA vs. RHP Derek Diamond (3-3, 4.91 ERA)
Sunday: TBA vs. RHP Drew McDaniel (4-0, 4.50 ERA)

Commodore Notables
Vanderbilt looks to keep things rolling into the weekend, coming off a midweek win over North Alabama on Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s victory marked the 22nd consecutive midweek win at home for the Commodores, extending a streak that dates to the 2019 season.

Vanderbilt enters Friday riding a three-game winning streak. Prior to the streak, the Dores had lost three games in a row, marking the team’s first losing stretch of the season.

Last weekend, the Commodores claimed a series win over Alabama by taking the first two games of the three-game set before the series finale was canceled due to weather.

Vanderbilt is hitting the road for the final time during the regular season. The Commodores have won four of their five road series this season. Vandy won its first four road series before dropping the three-game set against Florida in Gainesville two weeks ago.

The Commodores are averaging 7.8 runs per game in their road contests this season, with 10 or more runs in seven of the 16 matchups.

Friday’s series opener will mark the 132nd time that Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have met in the all-time history between the two programs. The Commodores trail in the all-time series, as the Rebels hold a 69-60-2 advantage.

Vanderbilt took two of three games in the team’s most recent regular-season matchup, coming in Nashville during the 2018 season. The Commodores won the final two games of the series to earn the series win.