Vandy back at The Hawk on Tuesday

Vandy back at The Hawk on Tuesday

NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt looks to snap its five-game losing streak when it returns home on Tuesday to host Tennessee Tech at 6:30 p.m.on SEC Network Plus.

Tickets are available by visiting vucommodores.com and by calling 615.322.GOLD (4653) or 1-877-44-VANDY.  Fans can listen to the game through the vucommodores app as well as locally on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM with Joe Fisher on the call.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP 

  • TBA vs. RHP Devin Lancaster (1-0, 5.72 ERA)

NEED TO KNOW 

On Sunday at Auburn, the Commodores started six freshmen for the first time since April 26, 2016. Vanderbilt’s freshman class leads the nation with a combined 176 starts between the unit.

Vanderbilt is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, one shy of a season-high six (March 27-April 5). The Commodores are batting just .192 during the losing stretch while averaging 3.8 runs per game. The pitching staff has also struggled to find its groove, recording a 9.64 ERA with opponents batting .333.

Vanderbilt is still searching for its first win in May after suffering its first sweep at the hands of Auburn since 2002 last weekend. The Dores were outscored 29-6 and never led while posting a .156 batting average and 10.50 ERA. The Black and Gold have produced a winning record during the month of May in each of the last eight seasons.

The Commodores have fared much better at home, boasting an 18-8 record at Hawkins Field. The team is batting .293 in 26 home outings while four players have turned in a .300 average or higher. In home non-conference games, Vandy has recorded an 11-3 mark backed by nine wins in its first 10 games to begin the season.

Vanderbilt played error-free baseball for the 26th time this season on Saturday against Auburn. The Commodores are 16-10 in games without an error. The Commodores are fourth nationally and first in the SEC with a .982 fielding percentage. The program record for fielding percentage is .979, set in 2015.

Vandy has stolen 85 bases this season, 11th nationally, and first in the SEC. The total is already 31 more than the squad finished with a season ago (54). Four Commodores have registered double-digit stolen bases and 14 different players have swiped at least one bag this season.

Tennessee Tech will be the 28th different opponent that Vandy has faced this season. The Dores have faced foes from 14 different leagues — the most of any team in the nation — this season.

The Commodores will play five of their final eight regular-season games at Hawkins Field beginning on Tuesday. Vandy slipped seven spots to No. 39 in the RPI after going 0-4 last week.

PROMOTIONS

  • The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a `VandyBoys’ pin. Two-dollar Tuesday also returns for another week at Hawkins Field with hot dogs and popcorn on sale for just $2 each.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. TENNESSEE TECH

Vanderbilt and Tennessee Tech square off for the 67th time in the history of the two programs on Tuesday.

The Commodores own a 43-22 advantage all-time and have captured seven wins in the last 10 meetings. The two teams have split the last four matchups with Tennessee Tech winning 5-2 a season ago in Nashville.

Last year’s 5-2 loss to Tech snapped Vandy’s nine-game winning streak at a rain-soaked Hawkins Field. Chandler Day took his first loss of the year despite striking out nine. The right-hander combined with four relievers to strike out 16.

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