Nashville Regional Rundown

Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Illinois and East Tennessee State in the Nashville Regional this weekend will battle for the right to advance to a Super Regional. Look inside for team info and a bracket schedule.

TEAM: Vanderbilt
SEED: 1 (No. 2 nationally)
CONFERENCE: SEC
2013 RECORD: 51-9 (26-3 SEC)
RPI: 1
#RANK: 2
HEAD COACH: Tim Corbin
KEY PLAYERS: 2b Tony Kemp (.402, 33 RBI), cf Connor Harrell (.320, 64 RBI, 11 HR), rf Mike Yastrzemski (.320, 40 RBI), lhp Kevin Ziomek (10-2, 2.05 ERA), rhp Tyler Beede (14-0, 2.10 ERA), rhp Brian Miller (5-2, 1.59 ERA)
SEASON NOTES: The Commodores stormed through their season, winning all 14 series and setting a record for conference regular season victories in the SEC. Vandy won the regular season title and lost an 11 inning SEC tournament title game with LSU 5-4 to just miss picking up a second trophy.


TEAM: Georgia Tech
SEED: 2
CONFERENCE: Atlantic Coast
2013 RECORD: 34-25 (15-15 ACC)
RPI: 23
#RANK: Receiving votes
HEAD COACH: Danny Hall
KEY PLAYERS: c Zane Evans (.369, 62 RBI, 14 HR),lf Kyle Wren (.364, 26 RBI), rf Daniel Palka (.332, 65 RBI, 17 HR), rhp Buck Farmer (8-4, 2.87 ERA), rhp Dusty Isaacs (4-7, 4.77 ERA), lhp/of Jonathan King (6-5, 4.14 ERA)
SEASON NOTES: Tech at one point lost six games in a row, including a 17-0 loss to Georgia. Series wins versus North Carolina and Virginia likely got the Yellow Jacket's ticket to the NCAA punched.


TEAM: Illinois
SEED: 3
CONFERENCE: Big Ten
2013 RECORD: 34-18 (14-10 Big Ten)
RPI: 39
#RANK: NR
HEAD COACH: Dan Hartleb
KEY PLAYERS: cf Justin Parr (.399, 51 RBI, 6 HR), 1b David Kerian (.324, 39 RBI), ss Thomas Lindauer (.313, 37 RBI, 9 HR), lhp Kevin Duchene (8-1, 2.69 ERA), rhp Kevin Johnson (6-3, 3.22 ERA), rhp John Kravetz (5-2, 3.96 ERA)
SEASON NOTES: The Illini won a series at Minnesota 2-1 and then lost two games to the Gophers in the Big Ten Tourney. Illinois swept a 3-game series against Baylor earlier in the season and lost a series 2-1 to Tennessee Tech. Some analysts had the Illini as among the "last in" to the tournament.


TEAM: East Tennessee State
SEED: 4
CONFERENCE: Atlantic Sun
2013 RECORD: 36-22 (17-10 A-Sun)
RPI: 83
#RANK: Receiving votes
HEAD COACH: Tony Skole
KEY PLAYERS: 1b Clinton Freeman (.336, 56 RBI, 10 HR), cf Andrew Green (.335, 32 RBI), lf Dylan Tritsch (.327, 19 RBI), rhp Kerry Doane (13-1, 1.99 ERA)
SEASON NOTES: ETSU took a series from Penn State to start the season. The Bucs beat Kennesaw State 7-2 to win the Atlantic Sun championship. ETSU also split pair of games with Tennessee Tech.

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TEAM STATS COMPARISON

SDSCHBAOB%HTSDBLTRIHRERAOBABSOFLD
1VAN.317.41164511016392.80.220482.976
2GAT.305.38463210922564.49.266417.972
3ILL.298.3775479112293.63.261301.971
4ETS.293.36458910115324.09.275306.972


KEY

SD= SEED
SCH= SCHOOL
BA= BATTING AVG.
OB%= ON BASE PERCENTAGE
HTS= HITS
DBL= DOUBLES
TRI= TRIPLES
HR= HOME RUNS
ERA= EARNED RUN AVERAGE
OBA= OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE
BSO= BATTERS STRUCK OUT
FLD= FIELDING PERCENTAGE

NASHVILLE REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, May 31
Game 1: #2 Georgia Tech (34-25) vs. #3 Illinois (34-18), 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: #1 Vanderbilt (51-9) vs. #4 East Tenn. St. (36-22), 6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Vanderbilt/ETSU loser vs. Georgia Tech/Illinois loser, 2 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 4: Vanderbilt/ETSU winner vs. Georgia Tech/Illinois winner, 7 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, 2 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 6: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3

Monday, June 3
Game 7 (If Necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3

Nashville Regional Bracket:

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