Vanderbilt Baseball Preview: Georgia

The Vanderbilt Commodores return to the friendly confines of Hawkins Field hosting Georgia this weekend for a Friday through Sunday SEC series. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Bulldogs.

Georgia has had an up and down season so far but the Bulldogs appear to be a dangerous team. The Bulldogs have series wins over South Carolina and Alabama but dropped series to Kentucky, Texas A&M and Florida. Most recently the Bulldogs pulled off a 13-5 win over rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday. 

The Bulldogs are not as strong of a batting team as Tennessee but they do have some solid hitters. Right fielder Skyler Weber has 56 hits so far this season.  Weber is also a stealing threat with 10 stolen bases.  Stephen Wrenn, a centerfielder, also has 10 base thefts along with a trio of homers.  Leftfielder Keegan McGovern has 32 walks to go along with his five home runs.  Short stop Nick King and DH Daniel Nichols round out the Bulldogs top batters. Nichols has six homers. 

Right handed Robert Tyler is scheduled to face Vandy's Jordan Sheffield on Friday night.  Tyler, who was a 2013 28th round MLB draft pick by Orioles, has 71 strikeouts.  Connor Jones will be the Bulldogs starter on Saturday.  Sunday's starter is to be announced.  In the bullpen, righty Blake Cairnes has 2 saves and a solid ERA.

Looking at the Vandy-Georgia stats comparison, the Commodores have the edge in every category except for home runs hit, with the Bulldogs hitting just one more.  

Friday's game gets going at 6:30 pm. Saturday's game begins at 1 pm while Sunday's contest starts at 2 pm.  All three games can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.  Watch online at VUCommodores.com or listen on your radio at WNSR AM or FM.

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


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