Vanderbilt baseball visits No. 1 Florida

The 11th ranked Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Florida to face the No. 1 Gators in a Friday through Sunday SEC series. Here is your preview of Florida.

Florida has been fairly dominant this season but they aren't invincible, dropping series to both Kentucky and Mississippi State. The Gators have series wins over Missouri, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee along with a weather-shortened 1-1 series tie with South Carolina. 

The Gators are batting a solid .287 as a squad with first baseman Peter Alonso leading the way with 63 hits and a half dozen homers.  Shortstop Dalton Guthrie, another 300 plus batter, has 13 doubles.  Right field Jeremy Vasquez has 41 hits to go along with his perfect fielding rate. Third baseman Jonathan India, another 300 hitter, is also a stealing threat with nine steals in 13 attempts.  

Florida has one of the best pitching staffs in the nation.  Friday starter, righty Logan Shore, has 70 strikeouts against just 12 walks. Shore was drafted out of high school in the 29th round of the MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins. Left-handed A.J. Puk is set to start on Saturday. He was a  draft choice of the Detroit Tigers.  Right-handed Alex Faedo is another tough Sunday matchup for Vandy. He has 91 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks. 

Looking at the Vandy-Florida stats comparison, the Commodores have the edge in runs, doubles, triples, and home runs allowed. The Gators have a better batting average, more hits, more homers, a better ERA, more strikeouts, a lower opponent batting average and fewer opponent runs. 

Friday's game, which will be on the SEC Network, will start at 6 pm CT.  Saturday's contest is on ESPN2 and will begin at 3.  Sunday's matchup begin at noon and will be on the SEC Network.  Listen online at or on your radio at WNSR AM or FM. Top Stories