Scouting Report: LSU visits Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Commodores (28-12, 9-9) host the surging LSU Tigers (29-13, 10-8 SEC) in another crucial SEC baseball series this weekend at Hawkins field in Nashville, Tennessee. Last weekend Vanderbilt took 2 of 3 from Tennessee while the Tigers swept Arkansas. LSU has won 5 straight games against SEC opponents.

LSU Hitting- The Tigers are a very dangerous hitting team and lead the SEC in homers with 60. LSU is led in home runs by Ryan Patterson (.400, 16 HRs) and Nick Stavinoha (.359, 11 HRs). Clay Harris, who adds a .395 (9 HRs) average to the lineup, also highlights a talented Tiger batting order.

Player_________Avg________HRs
Ryan Patterson__.400________16
Clay Harris_____.395_________8
Nick Stavinoha__.359_________11
Blake Gill______.321_________5

LSU Pitching- LSU allows a 3.70 ERA as a team. Senior Lane Mestepey (3.93 ERA) headlines a capable pitching staff. Juniors Clay Dirks (3.06 ERA) and Greg Smith (2.57 ERA) have pitched well. Jordan Faircloth (0.93 ERA) and Jason Determann (2.29 ERA) lead the Tigers in saves with four each. Opponents have hit 26 home runs and bat .248 against LSU.

FRIDAY (6 p.m. CDT)
LSU -- Sr. LHP Lane Mestepey (photo right, 5-5, 3.93 ERA)
VU -- Jr. RHP Jensen Lewis (6-2, 2.20 ERA)

SATURDAY (2 p.m. CDT)
LSU -- Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (8-1, 3.06 ERA)
VU -- Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins (5-0, 2.42 ERA)

SUNDAY (1 p.m. CDT)
LSU -- Jr. LHP Greg Smith (6-2, 2.57 ERA)
VU -- Fr. LHP David Price (2-2, 2.22 ERA)

NOTES- Vanderbilt has taken the last two series against the Tigers winning 2 of 3 in both 2003 and 2004. The Commodores trail in the all-time series 23-44. Vanderbilt won the last meeting between the two teams 8-0 in 2004.


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