Scouting Report: Vandy hopes to sweep Vols

The Vanderbilt Commodores (25-11, 7-8 SEC) host the rival Tennessee Volunteers (27-10, 9-5 SEC) this weekend at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Last weekend Vanderbilt took 2 of 3 at South Carolina while Tennessee took 2 of 3 from Arkansas in Knoxville.

Tennessee Hitting- Eli Iorg leads the Vols in hitting with a .381 in 155 at bats. Lorg has also pounded out 10 home runs or the Vols. Chase Headley is another key hitter for the Knoxville school. Headley's .730 slugging average is one of the best in the SEC. Headley has also netted 11 home runs for the Volunteers.

Eli Iorg________.381________10
Chase Headley__.377________11
Josh Alley______.348________3
J.P. Arencibia___.333________8
Eric King_______.318________1
Michael Rivera___.312________0

Tennessee Pitching- Junior Luke Hochevar (8-2) is the ace pitcher for the Tennessee staff. He's started 10 games and struck out 81 batters in 73 innings of work. Hochevar has held opponent to a .188 batting average. James Adkins is also a very capable pitcher for the Vols. Adkins sports a 2.07 ERA in 69.2 innings with 67 strikeouts. Look for Sean Watson (5-2, 3.27 ERA) or Craig Cobb (4-1, 4.30 ERA) to see action on Sunday.

FRIDAY (6:00 p.m. CT)
Vanderbilt: Jr. RHP Jensen Lewis (6-1, 1.83 ERA)
Tennessee: Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar (8-2, 1.73 ERA)

SATURDAY (6:00 p.m. CT) [CSS]
Vanderbilt: Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins (4-0, 2.72 ERA)
Tennessee: Fr. LHP James Adkins (6-1, 2.07 ERA)

SUNDAY (1:00 p.m. CT)
Vanderbilt: Fr. LHP David Price (2-2, 1.93 ERA)
Tennessee: TBA

NOTES- The Vols lead the SEC in batting with a .333 team average. Vanderbilt leads the conference in ERA with a 3.10 ERA. Saturday night, the Vols snapped Arkansas' nine-game winning streak. Vanderbilt won the first meeting of the two schools, 9-6, in 1888. Tennessee holds a narrow 145-137-3 lead in the series history. Vanderbilt has taken 5 of the last 6 games including a series sweep at Hawkins field in 2003.

Luke Hochevar sports a 8-2 record as the Vol's Ace.

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