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Vanderbilt opener vs. Michigan to set for national showcase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a second consecutive season, Vanderbilt will open its season on primetime television.

The Commodores’ College World Series rematch against Michigan from the MLB4 Collegiate Baseball Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed on First pitch for the Feb. 14 tilt is set for 6 p.m. CT.

Stephen Nelson will provide the play-by-play while former Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd and MLB Pipeline senior reporter Jim Callis will offer their analysis. All six games at the tournament will be streamed on including Vanderbilt’s Feb. 15 matchup against UConn and Feb. 16 tilt against Cal Poly.

Vanderbilt took 2 of 3 a season ago at the inaugural MLB4 Tournament. The Commodores batted .330 and posted a .430 on-base percentage at the event a season ago. The squad scored a combined 29 runs through the first two games, led by Austin Martin who reached base in 12 of his 16 plate appearances on the weekend.

The Commodores will be televised 13 times during the regular season including 12 occasions on the ESPN family of networks. All non-televised home games will be streamed on SEC Network+ beginning with the home opener Feb. 18 against South Alabama.

Vanderbilt will begin the season at No. 2 according to D1Baseball. The program also garnered three preseason No. 1 rankings (Baseball America, NCBWA and USA Today). The Commodores have been ranked inside the Top 10 preseason in 10 consecutive years.