NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt returns to the diamond for the first time since June, officially opening fall training on Tuesday from Hawkins Field.
The Commodores, who finished one win shy of advancing to the College World Series a season ago, return 25 letterwinners alongside a 14-member freshman class.
Vandy qualified for its seventh NCAA Super Regional in the last nine seasons and stretched its SEC-best NCAA Tournament streak to 13-consecutive years in 2018. The squad finished ranked inside the Top 25 in all six polls and set a new program record with a .981 fielding percentage.
Among its returners, the Commodores bring back all three weekend starting pitchers in Drake Fellows, Patrick Raby and Mason Hickman. Eight positional players who started 35-plus games are back including JJ Bleday, Philip Clarke, Pat DeMarco, Jayson Gonzalez, Julian Infante, Austin Martin, Ethan Paul and Stephen Scott.
New pitchers include Austin Becker, Chance Huff, Luke Murphy, Kumar Rocker, Ethan Smith and Makenzie Stills. Incoming position players are Sterling Hayes, Matt Hogan, Dominic Keegan, Tate Kolwyck, John Malcom, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Cam McMillan and Isaiah Thomas.
VU trains Tuesday through Saturday until Nov. 8-10, which will conclude the fall with the annual Black and Gold World Series.
Highlighting the fall calendar is an Oct. 20-21 matchup when the team hosts Oklahoma State for a pair of informal scrimmages at The Hawk. Fans are welcome to attend any of the Commodores’ training sessions with the exception of Oct. 13 when football hosts Florida.
The team will be on the field at approximately 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Be sure to check Twitter @VandyBaseball for updated training and scrimmage times each week.
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