Previewing this weekend's series between the Beavers and Commodores

Vanderbilt is headed out to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the National No. 1 seed, the Oregon State Beavers. A possible three game Super Regional series between the Beavers and Commodores will eventually send one of these two teams to Omaha, so DoresDaily gives you an in-depth break down on both teams and how these schools match-up on the diamond this weekend.

Super Regional Primer

Where: Corvallis, Oregon

When: Friday (8 pm Cent.), Sat (8 pm Cent), Sun (If needed - 8 pm Cent.)

TV: Fri - ESPN2, Sat - ESPN or ESPN2, Sun - ESPN2 or ESPNU

Radio: Play by play - Joe Fisher: 560 AM or 95.9 FM (Nashville)

Team Preview

Oregon State Beavers

Location: Corvallis, Oregon  Conference: Pac 12  Overall Record: 52-4  (27-3/Pac12)

Head Coach: Pat Casey  Asst Coaches: Pat Bailey, Nate Yeskie, Andy Jenkins

Schedule Outlook: Regular season & conference tourney champs; Non-conf. wins over Indiana (2), Duke (2) Nebraska (2), Ohio St; Sweeps over NCAA Tourney teams, Arizona & Stanford; Won 2 of 3 vs. UCLA

Projected Line-up

(LF) Steven Kwan - .341 (BA), 24 (Runs), 47 (Hits), 5 (2b), 1 (3b), 1 (HR), 15 (RBI), 25 (BB), 12 (SO), 7-8 (SB/Att)

(2B) Nick Madrigal - .380 (BA), 49 (Runs), 82 (Hits),18 (2b), 4 (3b), 4 (HR), 34 (RBI), 21 (BB), 13 (SO), 15-17 (SB/Att)

(RF) Jack Anderson - .300 (BA), 33 (Runs), 45 (Hits) 5 (2b), 1 (3b), 1 (HR), 29 (RBI), 26 (BB), 21 (SO), 3-4 (SB/Att)

(DH) Trevor Larnach - .301 (BA), 29 (Runs), 53 (Hits), 16 (2b). 0 (3b), 3 (HR), 39 (RBI), 34 (BB), 46 (SO), 1-2 (SB/Att)

(C) Adley Rutschman - .246 (BA), 34 (Runs), 46 (Hits), 7 (2b), 1 (3b), 2 (HR), 32 (RBI), 25 (BB), 33 (SO), 5-5 (SB/Att)

(1B) K.J. Harrison - .328 (BA), 26 (Runs), 63 (Hits), 13 (2b) 0 (3b), 6 (HR), 32 (RBI), 23 (BB), 33 (SO), 7-9 (SB/Att)

(3B) Michael Gretler - .304 (BA), 26 (Runs), 59 (Hits), 10 (2b), 4 (3b), 4 (HR), 32 (RBI), 19 (BB), 26 (SO), 1-2 (SB/Att)

(SS) Cadyn Grenier - .276 (BA), 32 (Runs), 50 (Hits), 5 (2b), 5 (3b), 5 (HR), 31 (RBI), 34 (BB), 42 (SO), 6-11 (SB/Att)

(CF) Elliott Cary - .236 (BA), 13 (Runs), 21 (Hits), 4 (2b), 1 (3b), 0 (HR), 11 (RBI), 8 (BB), 25 (RBI), 0-0 (SB/Att)

Pitching Staff/Rotation

(SP) Luke Heimlich - 11-1 (W/L), 0.76 (ERA), 16 (GS), 118.1 (IP), 128 (SO), 28 (BB) 10 (ER)

(SP) Jake Thompson - 13-0 (W/L), 1.30 (ERA), 16 (GS), 110.2 (IP), 106 (SO), 34 (BB), 16 (ER)

(SP) Bryce Fehmel - 4-2 (W/L), 4.21 (ERA), 11 (GS), 62.0 (IP), 35 (SO), 17 (BB), 29 (ER)

(SP/RP) Sam Tweedt - 3-0 (W/L), 2.65 (ERA), 6 (GS), 12 (App), 34.0 (IP), 30 (SO), 5 (BB), 10 (ER)

(RP) Jake Mulholland - 6-1 (W/L), 1.32 (ERA), 26 (App), 6 (SV), 47.2 (IP), 40 (SO), 11 (BB), 7 (ER)

(RP) Max Engelbreckt - 3-0 (W/L), 0.48 (ERA), 16 (App), 5 (SV), 18.2 (IP), 18 (SO), 3 (BB), 1 (ER)

(RP) Brandon Eisert - 5-0 (W/L), 2.18 (ERA), 20 (App), 4 (SV), 45.1 (IP), 48 (SO), 18 (BB), 11 (ER)

(RP) Grant Gambrell - 1-0 (W/L), 2.93 (ERA), 13 (App), 1 (SV), 15.1 (IP), 10 (SO) 13 (BB), 5 (ER)

Team Analysis: Oregon State doesn't blow you away with you look at their hitting stats but like so many teams in other sports, the Beavers win with pitching and defense. Head coach Pat Casey is one of the best in the country and he manages his team towards their talents and ability and while the Beavers can hit the ball, their pitching staff is what leads the way. The Oregon State staff sports a team ERA of 1.78 and have the ability to hurt you with their starters running deep into games or their bullpen that has more than three players with saves. It's a deep staff but a staff that might see their toughest opponent at the plate all season. The Beavers are a timely, contact hitting team that has no problem playing small ball. They are not overpowering with home runs but have a few guys who can knock it out. They are balanced top to bottom and play well at the plate as a collective team. All three areas of baseball have clicked this season for Oregon State and that's why they have a gaudy 52-4 record and currently being the national No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

Vanderbilt Commodores

Location: Nashville, Tennessee  Conference: SEC  Overall Record: 36-23-1/15-13-1 (SEC)

Head Coach: Tim Corbin  Asst Coaches: Scott Brown, D.J. Svihlik, 

Schedule Outlook: Finished 6th overall in the SEC; Non-conf. wins vs. San Diego (2), Illinois-Chicago, SE Louisiana (2); Three Regional wins over St. John's, Clemson (2); Series wins over South Carolina, Texas A&M

Projected Line-up

(3B) Will Toffey - .350 (BA), 53 (Runs), 69 (Hits), 13 (2b), 1 (3b), 11 (HR), 62 (RBI), 48 (BB), 29 (SO), 5-9 (SB/Att)

(LF) Ro Coleman - ..311 (BA), 20 (Runs), 38 (Hits), 3 (2b), 1 (3b), 0 (HR), 8 (RBI), 9 (BB), 10 (SO), 7-9 (SB/Att)

(CF) Jeren Kendall - .312 (BA), 58 (Runs), 79 (Hits), 10 (2b), 5 (3b), 15 (HR), 52 (RBI), 24 (BB), 71 (SO), 19-23 (SB/Att)

(1B) Julian Infante - .322 (BA), 50 (Runs), 79 (Hits), 16 (2b), 1 (3b), 11 (HR), 65 (RBI), 26 (BB), 56 (SO), 0-1 (SB/Att)

(DH) Reed Hayes - .281 (BA), 30 (Runs), 45 (Hits), 10 (2b), 3 (3b), 0 (HR), 36 (RBI), 24 (BB), 31 (SO), 4-9 (SB/Att)

(2B) Ethan Paul - .251 (BA), 33 (Runs) 48 (Hits), 14 (2b), 1 (3b), 5 (HR), 27 (RBI), 18 (BB), 43 (SO), 5-7 (SB/Att)

(C) Jason Delay - .300 (BA), 30 (Runs), 60 (Hits), 17 (2b), 2 (3b), 2 (HR), 39 (RBI), 18 (BB), 44 (SO), 1-3 (SB/Att)

(RF) J.J. Bleday - .264 (BA), 23 (Runs), 42 (Hits), 8 (2b), 0 (3b), 2 (HR), 22 (RBI), 34 (BB), 24 (SO), 0-2 (SB/Att)

(SS) Connor Kaiser - .219 (BA), 32 (Runs), 41 (Hits), 6 (2b), 1 (3b), 1 (HR), 18 (RBI), 25 (BB), 42 (SO), 4-4 (SB/Att)

Pitching Staff/Rotation

(SP) Patrick Raby - 10-3 (W/L), 2.36 (ERA), 15 (GS), 99.1 (IP), 85 (SO), 27 (BB), 26 (ER)

(SP) Kyle Wright - 5-5 (W/L), 2.98 (ERA), 15 (GS), 96.2 (IP), 113 (SO), 28 (BB), 32 (ER)

(SP) Drake Fellows - 3-3 (W/L), 3.30 (ERA), 10 (GS), 16 (App), 62.2 (IP), 68 (SO), 17 (BB), 23 (ER)

(RP) Reed Hayes - 0-2 (W/L), 4.87 (ERA), 20 (App), 7 (SV), 20.1 (IP), 25 (SO) 12 (BB), 11 (ER)

(RP/SP) Matt Ruppenthal - 3-3 (W/L), 3.17 (ERA), 4 (GS), 21 (App), 3 (SV), 54.0 (IP), 45 (SO) 19 (BB), 19 (ER)

(RP) Zach King - 2-1 (W/L), 2.58 (ERA), 24 (App), 38.1 (IP), 31 (SO), 16 (BB), 11 (ER)

(RP/SP) Chandler Day - 7-2 (W/L), 3.78 (ERA), 12 (GS), 13 (App), 52.1 (IP), 53 (SO), 21 (BB), 22 (ER)

(RP) Jackson Gillis - 0-0 (W/L), 3.86 (ERA), 15 (App), 14.0 (IP), 17 (SO), 11 (BB), 6 (ER)

Team Analysis: The Commodores head into Corvallis on a mini hot streak. Besides losing in the 1st Rd of the SEC Tournament to South Carolina, Vanderbilt is 6-2 in their last eight games and appear to finally being clicking, collectively as a team. The Vanderbilt starting pitching has been solid all season but it's the bats who have had up and down moments throughout the season. Right now, the Commodores are hitting as well as they have all year, including the hot bat of Toffey. Vanderbilt also sports two of the best starting pitchers in the country in Raby and Wright. In particular, Wright could be the No. 1 overall draft pick in next week's MLB Draft and he is throwing some serious baseball right now. Vanderbilt is a program that has been built under Coach Corbin to thrive during postseason play. They have a national title under their belt but so do the Beavers. If Vanderbilt has any weaknesses it would be their bullpen and discipline at the plate. However, the VandyBoys are playing good all around baseball, so this weekend's match-up with Oregon State should be a fun one to watch. 

Series Prediction: Vanderbilt in Three


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