NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt begins a stretch of 13 consecutive games in the state of Tennessee when the club faces Toledo at 5 p.m. Wednesday from Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (12-5) are coming off a 2-2 week highlighted by a walk-off walk Sunday against No. 22 TCU at the Southern California College Baseball Classic. Toledo (3-11) heads to Nashville for a two-game swing beginning Tuesday night at Belmont.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
– WEDNESDAY: RHP Ethan Smith (2-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. LHP Billy Todorowski (0-0, 10.12 ERA)
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NEED TO KNOW
Vanderbilt and Toledo are meeting for the first time. The Commodores are 24-13 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference. Wednesday marks the first matchup against a MAC opponent since March 15, 2016, when Vanderbilt downed Northern Illinois, 9-2 at Hawkins Field.
With its win vs. Central Arkansas last Tuesday, Vanderbilt is 20-1 in its last 21 midweek games dating to May 15, 2018. Vanderbilt is riding a 12-game home midweek win streak following its victory against Central Arkansas. The last home midweek loss came Feb. 27, 2019, in 10 innings vs. Austin Peay.
Vanderbilt pitching has allowed three-or-fewer runs in 13 of the last 14 games including four straight. The squad has held its opponents to two-or-fewer runs 10 times. The Commodores are 9-1 in those contests.
Vanderbilt opens Southeastern Conference play against Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. Friday from Hawkins Field. Saturday’s middle game is set for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will start at 1 p.m.