Baseball: Vanderbilt hosts Oregon State

Vanderbilt will host its first ever Super Regional this weekend when it welcomes Oregon State. With two victories during the Friday-Sunday series, the Commodores will earn a bid to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Look inside for complete details.

Oregon State (41-17, 17-10 Pac-10) vs. Vanderbilt (50-10, 22-8 SEC)


Game 1 • Friday, June 10 • 7:00 p.m. CT
Game 2 • Saturday, June 11 • 8:00 p.m. CT
Game 3 • Sunday, June 12 • TBA (if necessary)

Radio: 560 AM WNSR

TV: Friday (ESPNU), Saturday (ESPN2), Sunday (TBA).

Series History: Vandy leads 1-0.

The Coaches: Oregon State head coach Pat Casey is 578-354-4 in 10 years as the Beaver's head coach. He is 749-467-5 overall in 24 years as a head coach. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin is 478-325 overall in his 15th year as a head coach. The 9th year head coach is 372-187 at VU.

Tentative Pitching Matchups

OSU - Jr. RHP Sam Gaviglio (12-2, 1.87 ERA)
VU - Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (11-3, 2.01 ERA)

OSU - Jr. LHP Josh Osich (6-4, 3.64 ERA)
VU - Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (13-1, 2.37 ERA)

VU - Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (5-1, 2.81 ERA)

Scouting Oregon State

Oregon State finished tied for second in the Pacific-10 conference. The Beavers were ranked No. 18 in the most recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and No. 23 in RPI according to Boyd's rating.

The Bulldogs' pitching staff has a 2.93 ERA with 431 strikeouts and a .241 opponent batting average.

Oregon State will likely start either junior righty Sam Gaviglio or junior Josh Osich on Friday. Osich threw a no-hitter earlier in the season at UCLA but has been hampered with injuries since that big win. Osich started in the Beavers' regional final victory over Georgia but lasted only one inning giving up hit and two walks. Gaviglio, another righty, gave up just five hits in OSU's recent win over the Bulldogs. Right hander James Nygren could be the Oregon State Saturday starter, or if Osich can't go, the Sunday starter. He pitched the opening game of the Corvallis regional against Arkansas-Little Rock giving up 5 hits, 4 runs in 4 2/3 innings of work.

NOTE: Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean reported on Friday that Osich would not play during the Super Regionals.

At the plate, Oregon State is batting .270 with 112 doubles, 14 triples, 30 homers and 51 stolen bases.

The Beavers are paced at the plate by designated hitter Kavin Keyes, who is hitting .316 with 10 doubles, a homer and 30 RBIs. Third baseman Carter Bell has a .299 average with 50 hits, 11 doubles, a home run and 22 RBIs. Catcher Andrew Susac has 42 hits while batting .313 with 9 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs.

Scouting Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Commodores finished the 2011 season tied for the SEC regular season championship and were the runner-ups in the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt is currently ranked No. 2 by the NCBWA and is fourth in Boyd's RPI. The 'dores recently had 12 players selected in the Major League Draft including two in the first round.

The Commodores' pitching staff has a 2.41 ERA with 511 strikeouts and a .217 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 4 in the SEC in wins and are among the top 7 conference pitchers in both strikeouts and opposing batting average.

Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the SEC in team batting average at .319. Vanderbilt hitters have 659 hits, 125 doubles, 12 triples, 42 homers and 77 stolen bases.

Vanderbilt is led at the plate by junior first baseman Aaron Westlake, who is hitting .349 with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 11 homers and 39 RBI. Westlake is third in the SEC in slugging percentage (.616) and second in the league in walks with 43. Sophomore infielder Anthony Gomez has a league leading 89 hits and is batting .342 with 11 doubles, 2 triples and 43 RBI, while junior third baseman Jason Esposito is hitting .362 with 22 doubles, a triple, 8 home runs and 55 RBIs. Freshman Conrad Gregor has been hot lately and is batting .344 with 3 home runs and 30 RBIs.

Statistical Comparison

Oregon State
.270 Average.319
5.7 Runs Per Game7.0
8.8 Hits Per Game11.0
112 Doubles125
14 Triples12
30 Home Runs42
303 Runs Batted In376
252/405 Walks/Strikeouts236/318
51 Stolen Bases77
515.2 Innings Pitched2.41
2.93 Earned Run Average2.41
3.7 Runs Allowed Per Game2.8
7.9 Hits Allowed Per Game7.0
154/431 Walks/Strikeouts174/511
.972 Fielding Pct..974
64 Errors59
49 Double Plays37

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