FOLEY FIELD (3,291)
Game 1 • Thursday, May 19 • 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 2 • Friday, May 20 • 6:00 p.m. CT
Game 3 • Saturday, May 21 • 1 p.m. CT
Radio: 560 AM WNSR
TV: Thursday (ESPNU), Friday (None), Saturday (None).
Series History: Vandy trails 74-94.
The Coaches: Georgia head coach David Perno is 332-271-1 in his 10th year as head coach. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin is 470-323 overall in 15 years as a head coach. Corbin is 364-185 in 9 years at VU.
Tentative Pitching Matchups
UGA - Jr. RHP Michael Palazzone (8-3, 3.09 ERA)
VU - Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (9-3, 1.91 ERA)
UGA - So. LHP Alex Wood (4-6, 4.38 ERA)
VU - Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (11-1, 2.08 ERA)
UGA - So. LHP Blake Dieterich (2-3, 2.95 ERA)
VU - Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (4-0, 3.14 ERA)
Georgia is one of the top four teams in the SEC and is ranked No. 26 nationally in the RPI. Georgia will start junior right-hander Michael Palazzone on Thursday, sophomore left-hander Alex Wood on Friday and sophomore left-hander Blake Dieterich on Saturday. Palazzone has 61 strikouts and just 9 walks while Wood has 57 Ks and 18 walks. Georgia is batting .276 (#10 SEC) with 84 doubles, 8 triples, 31 homers and 42 stolen bases. The Bulldogs' pitching staff has a 4.85 ERA with 323 strikeouts and a .279 opponent batting average. The Bulldogs is paced at the plate by Levi Hyams, who is hitting .343 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers and 35 RBI. Kyle Farmer is batting .312 with 11 doubles, 7 homers and 51 RBI.
The Commodores' pitching staff has a 2.43 ERA with 432 strikeouts and a .213 opponent batting average. The Vandy pitchers lead the SEC in all three categories. Two Vanderbilt pitchers, Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin, are in the top 3 SEC in wins and are among the top 6 conference pitchers in both strikeouts and opposing batting average. Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the SEC in team batting average at .317. Vanderbilt hitters have 105 doubles, 10 triples, 31 homers and 58 stolen bases. Vanderbilt is led at the plate by junior first baseman Aaron Westlake, who is hitting .351 with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 11 homers and 39 RBI. Westlake is third in the SEC in slugging percentage (.606). Westlake is first in the league in walks with 38. Sophomore infielder Anthony Gomez has a league leading 76 hits and is batting .350 with 9 doubles, 2 triples and 34 RBI, while junior third baseman Jason Esposito is hitting .350 with 19 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and 46 RBI.
|5.0||Runs Per Game||6.9|
|9.5||Hits Per Game||10.9|
|244||Runs Batted In||304|
|4.85||Earned Run Average||2.43|
|4.4||Runs Allowed Per Game||2.9|
|9.5||Hits Allowed Per Game||6.9|