VU hosts UL for Battle of the Barrel

VU hosts UL for Battle of the Barrel

NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt closes its four-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming Louisville for the seventh installment of the Battle of the Barrel. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Fans can also listen through the vucommodores app as well as locally on WNSR 560 AM/95.9 FM with Joe Fisher on the call. Pre-game coverage begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP

  • LHP Jake Eder (1-3, 3.82 ERA) vs. LHP Reid Detmers (2-1, 5.08 ERA)

NEED TO KNOW

Vanderbilt heads into Tuesday looking to bounce back after dropping its first home three-game series of the season. The Commodores scored a combined 24 runs against South Carolina — a season-high for a three-game set — but were saddled with a pair of one-run, come-from-behind defeats at Hawkins Field.

Vandy and Louisville meet for the seventh edition of the Battle of the Barrel at Hawkins Field. The Cardinals have won the last two meetings for the trophy, which pays homage to Kentucky’s history as a bourbon-making state and Tennessee’s history as a whiskey-making state. VU and UL have split the six prior matchups for the trophy.

The Cardinals will be the 26th different opponent and second from the ACC that Vandy has faced this season. The Dores have faced foes from 14 different leagues this season — the most of any team in the nation.

Commodore freshman position players have made a combined 145 starts. That mark leads the nation and is 24 more than UNC-Wilmington who is second with 121. Three players have made 30-plus starts, which trails only Utah with a total of four.

The Dores have hit 28 of their 36 home runs at Hawkins Field. Vanderbilt struck 14 homers in April after finishing with just seven in March. Twelve different VU players have hit at least one home run this season.

Vandy has stolen 83 bases, eighth nationally — one spot behind Louisville — and first in the SEC. The total is already 29 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.

PROMOTIONS

  • Two-dollar Tuesday returns for another week at Hawkins Field with hot dogs and popcorn on sale for just $2 each.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP VS. LOUISVILLE

Vanderbilt and Louisville meet for the 34th time in the history of the two programs. The two teams have split the last 10 matchups with four of those games being decided by two runs or fewer.

Vanderbilt and Louisville are separated by only 175 miles. The two teams have met twice in NCAA Regional action, twice in the NCAA Super Regionals and once at the College World Series.

— vucommodores.com —

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