CLIFF HAGAN STADIUM (3,000)
Game 1 • Friday, May 6 • 5:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 • Saturday, May 7 • 5:30 p.m. CT
Game 3 • Sunday, May 8 • 12 p.m. CT
Radio: 560 AM WNSR
TV: Friday (None), Saturday (None), Sunday (None).
Series History: Vandy trails 129-139-5.
The Coaches: Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson is 79-76 in his fourth year as a head coach. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin is 466-320 overall in 15 years as a head coach. Corbin is 360-182 in 9 years at VU.
Tentative Pitching Matchups
UK - Jr. RHP Alex Meyer (4-5, 3.32 ERA)
VU - Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (9-2, 1.91 ERA)
UK - Fr. LHP Corey Littrell (5-4, 5.80 ERA)
VU - Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (9-1, 2.26 ERA)
UK - TBA
VU - Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (4-0, 3.03 ERA)
Kentucky coach Gary Henderson will start junior right-hander Alex Meyer on Friday and freshman left-hander Corey Littrell on Saturday. Meyer leads the SEC in strikeouts with 91. Henderson has not named the starter for Sunday's contest. Last Sunday at LSU the Wildcats started sophomore lefty Taylor Rogers (2-6, 5.43 ERA).
Kentucky is batting .293 with 94 doubles, nine triples, 36 homers and 62 stolen bases. The Wildcats' pitching staff has a 4.43 ERA with 347 strikeouts and a .291 opponent batting average.
Kentucky is No. 5 in the SEC in team batting average and the Wildcats are ninth in the league in team ERA.
Kentucky is paced at the plate by senior infielder Taylor Black, who is hitting .324 with 13 doubles, two triples, two homers and 31 RBI. Junior infielder Braden Kapteyn is batting .310 with nine doubles, one triple, six homers and 39 RBI, while junior outfielder Chad Wright is hitting .331 with 11 doubles, four homers and 29 RBI.
The Commodores' pitching staff has a 2.35 ERA with 390 strikeouts and a .215 opponent batting average. The Vandy pitchers lead the SEC in all three categories. Two Vanderbilt pitchers, Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin, lead the SEC in wins (each has 9) and are among the top 5 conference pitchers in both strikeouts and opposing batting average.
Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the SEC in team batting average at .321. Vanderbilt is batting .321 with 89 doubles, nine triples, 25 homers and 54 stolen bases.
Vanderbilt is led at the plate by junior infielder Aaron Westlake, who is hitting .382 with 13 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 31 RBI. Westlake is third in the SEC in slugging percentage (.650) and first in walks (34). Sophomore infielder Anthony Gomez has a league leading 68 hits and is batting .362 with nine doubles, one triple and 33 RBI, while junior infielder Jason Esposito is hitting .357 with 15 doubles, five homers and 41 RBI.
|5.5||Runs Per Game||7.0|
|9.7||Hits Per Game||10.9|
|227||Runs Batted In||266|
|4.43||Earned Run Average||2.35|
|5.4||Runs Allowed Per Game||2.8|
|9.9||Hits Allowed Per Game||7.0|