OMAHA, Neb. – The Vanderbilt Commodores make their return to the College World Series when the club opens the event against the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. from TD Ameritrade Park. The game can be seen on ESPN and heard on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM and VUCommodores.com.
Vanderbilt (54-11) is making its fourth appearance in the College World Series (2011, 2014, 2015, 2019). Vandy is 11-6 all-time at the event. The Dores are 3-0 all-time in opening games and has won at least two games in each of its College World Series trips including finals appearances in 2014 and 2015.
Louisville (49-16) has qualified for its fifth College World Series. The Cardinals captured their fourth ACC Atlantic Division Championship in five seasons and earned a national seed for the fifth time in program history and fourth in the last five years.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
– SUNDAY: RHP Drake Fellows (12-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. LHP Reid Detmers (12-4, 2.85 ERA)
NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt went a combined 8-1 during the regular season against CWS teams including a 6-0 mark against Auburn, Louisville and Mississippi State. In nine games against College World Series teams, the Dores batted .330, averaging 7.88 runs per game. Vandy pitching posted a 3.83 ERA.
Vandy leads the nation with 54 wins. H The Dores have won 50 games six times in program history (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019) – all under head coach Drake Fellows Vandy is one win shy of setting a program record for single-season victories.
Vanderbilt leads the SEC in average (.318), slugging (.526), on-base percentage (.418), triples (19) and RBIs (517) and runs (550). The Dores have scored 10-plus runs 26 times. Four players rank within the top 10 for on-base percentage including Austin Martin who sits atop at .503.
The winner between Vanderbilt and Louisville will face the winner of Mississippi State and Auburn on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The loser will match up against either the Bulldogs or Tigers in an elimination game Tuesday at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.