Vanderbilt Baseball Preview: San Diego

The long wait is over. Vanderbilt baseball season is here! The Commodores will host San Diego for a Friday through Sunday series this weekend. Here is your VandyMania.com scouting report of the Toreros.

San Diego is no pushover.  The Toreros won the 2015 West Coast regular season championship last year but fell in the tournament title game and missed the NCAA Tournament.  San Diego is coached by Rich Hill who is in his 17th year with the team. He's led the Toreros to several WCC Titles.  

San Diego has several quality batters returning led by  super sophomore second baseman Bryson Brigman who earned all-league honors following the 2015 season. Catcher Colton Waltner is back, as is third baseman Jerod Smith.  Several other players will round out San Diego's batting order.

Lefty Troy Conyers, who sat out last year with an injury, is set to start on Friday for San Diego.  He pitched his team to a win in the WCC Championship game in 2014 as a freshman.  Righty, Gary Cornish will start on Saturday while the Toreros will use freshman Nick Sprengel on Sunday. Out of high school, Sprengel was drafted by the Nationals in the 39th round.  Information on San Diego relievers is sketchy, but here are three players you may see on the mound this weekend.

Looking at the Vandy-San Diego stats comparison, stats are from 2015, of course. Vanderbilt leads in most categories but the Toreros have an edge in batting average and homers allowed. The Commodores have a big edge in home runs, opponent batting average, runs, and hits. 

Here's a look at the series schedule.  You might need to take off from work a little early to make Friday's game but that contest is on online on the SEC Network Plus. Saturday and Sunday's games are available on the radio.  If you can make it, see you at the park! 

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.  


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