Vanderbilt-LSU baseball notes

The Vanderbilt Commodore baseball team travels to Baton Rouge, La. this weekend for a critical 3-game series against the #25 ranked LSU Tigers.

Vanderbilt (28-21, 12-12 SEC)
vs.
No. 25 LSU (32-17, 11-13)
 
Weekend Schedule
 
Friday, May 12  6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13  2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 14  1 p.m.
Alex Box Stadium (7,760)
 
Series History
 
vs. LSU: LSU leads the all-time series 46-25.
 
Last Two Years
 
May 1, 2005 LSU 3, Vanderbilt 0 Nashville
April 30, 2005 LSU 9, Vanderbilt 3 (Game 2) Nashville
April 30, 2005 Vanderbilt 9, LSU 4 (Game 1) Nashville
May 16, 2004 Vanderbilt 8, LSU 0 Baton Rouge
May 15, 2004 LSU 7, Vanderbilt 6 (Game 2) Baton Rouge
May 15, 2004 LSU 3, Vanderbilt 2 (Game 1) Baton Rouge
 

The Coaches
 
VU's Tim Corbin is 134-89 in his fourth season as head coach. He is 4-5 against LSU.  LSU's Smoke Laval is 207-102-1 in his fifth season in Baton Rouge. He is 6-6 against Vanderbilt.
 

Radio/TV
 
All three games can be heard in Nashville on WNSR 560 AM. Joe Fisher will call all of the action. Teamline will have the broadcast via telephone and internet. The phone number to dial is 1-800-846-4700. Passcode: 0668 Check www.vucommodores.com for more info.
 
Position Players
 
No. Pos. Player GP-GS Avg. HR RBI Notes
15 C/DH Brian Hernandez 48-48 .268 0 25 Three hits in Wednesday's game.
22 1B Ryan Flaherty 46-45 .333 1 32 13 doubles third on team.
8 2B Alex Feinberg 41-39 .324 0 18 41 of 47 hits are singles.
3 SS Dominic de la Osa 48-47 .299 6 37 Second on team in HRs and RBI.
24 3B Pedro Alvarez 48-47 .344 15 51 4-for-5, HR vs. Lipscomb.
20 LF Kurt Lipton 19-3 .292 0 1 3 hits in last two starts.
1 CF David Macias 48-47 .320 1 19 29 walks second on team.
33 RF Ryan Davis 40-35 .347 1 18 Leads team in batting average.
17 DH/ C Shea Robin 43-40 .297 4 26 Has nine-game hitting streak.
 
Starting Pitcher

No. R/L Player W-L ERA Last Appearance W-L IP H R ER BB SO
26 R Matt Buschmann 4-4 4.18 vs. Tennesee (5/6-Gm1) L 7.1 7 5 1 0 3
14 L David Price 6-4 4.01 vs. Lipscomb (5/10) ND 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
42 R Ty Davis 5-4 3.81 vs. Tennessee (5/6-Gm2)ND 3.1 6 0 0 1 2
 
What's On Tap
 
Vanderbilt hits the road for the final time in the regular season as the Commodores take on LSU this weekend in a three-game SEC series. The teams will open the set on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will continue on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.
 
Scouting LSU
 
LSU is 32-17 overall and 11-13 in SEC play after sweeping Auburn on the road last weekend. The Tigers have won their last two conference series and three of their last four. They enter the weekend having won four straight and six of seven overall.
 
Centerfielder Jarred Bogany leads the team with a .344 batting average, while rightfielder Quinn Stewart is the top power source with a SEC best 20 homers to go along with 51 RBI. The Tigers are hitting .296 as a team with 52 homers and 300 runs scored in 49 games.  The LSU rotation for the weekend is lefthander Clay Dirks (4-4, 4.97 ERA) on Friday, righthander Louis Coleman (5-3, 4.33 ERA) on Saturday and lefthander Daniel Forrer (1-2, 6.88 ERA) on Sunday.
 
Series Notes: LSU has won the last two series ... Prior to that, VU had won the previous two ...
LSU has a 26-14 lead in the series in games played in Baton Rouge ... the last time a team swept
the three game series was in 1997 (LSU).
 
Probable Starting Rotation
 
No. R/L Player W-L ERA Last Start W-L IP H R ER BB SO
13 L Clay Dirks 4-4 4.97 at Auburn (5/5) W 6.1 6 2 1 1 6
29 R Louis Coleman 5-3 4.33 at Auburn (5/6) W 6.0 6 3 3 2 5
37 L Daniel Forrer 1-2 6.18 at Auburn (5/7) ND 4.1 4 2 2 1 4
 
Lipton Lights Up
 
Freshman outfielder Kurt Lipton got an opportunity last week against Tennessee and may have parlayed that into a starting role this weekend against LSU. Lipton, who had played in 16 games on the year mainly as a reserve, got to bat in the ninth inning of the first game of last Saturday's doubleheader against Tennessee. The Commodores were trying to rally from a 5-2 deficit in the inning and Lipton came up with two outs and battled against Vol closer Sean Watson and drew a walk to load the bases. Even though VU went on to fall in that game, the coaches saw enough from him to give him the start in the second game. He delivered in that game with a double and also walked to lead off the ninth of a 4-4 game. Lipton scored the go ahead run as the Dores went on to win 6-4. He got the start against Lipscomb and came up with two hits in the game. On the season, he is batting .292 with three doubles and six runs scored.
 
Commodores Wind Down The Regular Season
 
Vanderbilt is down to its last seven games of the regular season and is in the middle of a crowded SEC tournament picture. All 12 SEC teams are still alive for the eight-team tournament going into the weekend. If the season ended today, the Commodores would be the seventh seed and would take on the No. 2 seed Alabama in the first round on Wednesday. This weekend's opponent, LSU, is just a half game behind Mississippi State for eighth and a game back of Vandy.  The tournament picture should clear up a little after the weekend with various scenarios whittled down going into next weekend's series against South Carolina.
 
Commodore Tidbits
 
Vanderbilt fell to Lipscomb for the first time in 13 games dating back to the 1991 season ... The Commodores dropped the season series to Tennessee, 2-1, marking the first time that has happened under Tim Corbin and the first time since 2002 … David Macias carried a 17-game hit streak into the series, but saw it end after going 0-3 in Friday night's loss … VU hit .238 in the three games against UT, while also sporting a 6.12 ERA … Ty Davis pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in the Commodores come from behind win in the Saturday doubleheader nightcap. He stabilized the game after a UT three-run homer of off starter Cody Crowell made the score 4-1 …Southpaw Stephen Shao came on in relief of him and pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief in the winning effort. He proved to be clutch on the mound with two self-starting double plays that prevented the Vols from extending their lead … Righthander Tyler Rhoden came on in the ninth and recorded the final two outs to record his second save of the year … Senior righthander Matt Buschmann was the tough luck loser in the first game of the doubleheader after errors led to four unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth in UT's 5-3 win. He allowed just one run through the first seven innings and wound up giving up seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks ... Ryan Davis has been a consistent hitter all season, with a .347 batting average overall in 40 games, and the same average in 22 SEC contests ... The Commodores have lost their last three conference series and four out of five after winning the first three to start the year ... Pedro Alvarez hit his 15th homer in Wednesday's loss, moving him into a tie for ninth place on the school's single season list. He is
four away from tying the record of 19 set by three different players (Josh Adeeb, 1998), (Clinton Johnston, 1998), (Nick Morrow, 1994).
 
SEC Weekend Schedule
 
Friday, May 12
Mississippi State at Kentucky 5:30 p.m.
Florida at Alabama 6 p.m.
Tennessee at South Carolina 6 p.m.
Arkansas at Ole Miss 6:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt at LSU 6:30 p.m.
Georgia at Auburn 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 13
Tennessee at South Carolina Noon
Vanderbilt at LSU 2 p.m.
Florida at Alabama 4 p.m.
Arkansas at Ole Miss 4 p.m.
Georgia at Auburn 4 p.m.
Mississippi State at Kentucky 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 14
Mississippi State at Kentucky Noon
Tennessee at South Carolina 12:30 p.m.
Florida at Alabama 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt at LSU 1 p.m.
Georgia at Auburn 1 p.m.
Arkansas at Ole Miss 1:30 p.m.
 
On Deck
 
After this weekend the Commodores will play their final four regular season games at home, starting with a Tuesday matchup against Middle Tennessee at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Vandy will then host South Carolina in the SEC finale next weekend. The Gamecocks are one game ahead of the Dores in the league at 13-11 and take on Tennessee this weekend in Columbia.
 

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