Baseball Preview: Missouri

The fourth ranked Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Columbia, Missouri for a 3-game Friday through Sunday series with Missouri. Here is your preview of the Tigers.

The Tigers have series wins over Seton Hall, Hofstra and Illinois-Chicago. Last weekend Mizzou was swept at No. 1 Florida.  Veteran head coach Tim Jamieson is in his 22nd year at Missouri.  His team just barely missed the NCAA last year. Jamieson, who also coaches pitchers at UM, replaced several assistants after a poor 2014 season.

Centerfielder Jake Ring is the Tiger's biggest hitting threat.  Ring, who is a fine base runner, already has 29 hits and 14 RBIs along with a home run.   Brian Sharp, who also pitches for the Tigers, has 19 hits and a dozen RBIs.  First baseman Zach Lavy has nine doubles.  Connor Brumfield leads the Tigers in walks. Shortstop Ryan Howard is a specialist at stealing bases.

Righty Reggie McClain will pitch against Vanderbilt's Jordan Sheffield on Friday. McClain is considered one of the top prospects in the upcoming MLB draft.  Tanner Houck will be on the mound of Saturday for the Tigers. His fastball gets up to 96 MPH.  Senior Austin Tribby will throw on Sunday. 

Looking at the Vandy-Mizzou stat comparison, Vandy leads in every statistical category.  The Dores have big edges in batting average, ERA, strikeouts, and opponent runs allowed.  

Friday's game starts at 6 pm while Saturday's contest is at five.  Noon is the start time for Sunday.  Friday's game will be on SEC Network Plus while Saturday and Sunday's game will be on the SEC Network.

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