Baseball: Florida visits Vanderbilt

The No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores host the Florida Gators this weekend at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Here is a look at some of the key matchups for the 3-game series.

SCHEDULE:
Friday- 7 p.m.
Saturday- 6 p.m. (TV Sun Sports)
Sunday- 1 p.m. (TV CSS)

ON THE MOUND:
Florida will start righties Kyle Mullaney (2-0, 6.14) on Friday, Bryan Augenstein (4-4, 5.96) on Saturday and Billy Bullock (2-4, 4.56) on Sunday. Last weekend , Augenstein gave up 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 10-7 win over the Cats. He walked 7 and struck out 3. Bullock gave up 5 hits and 1 run in 5 innings of action in a 5-4 win over Kentucky. Mullaney pitched 1 inning of relief work in Sunday's Gator win allowing 1 run while striking out 1 and walking 1. The Gator pitching staff has an overall ERA of 5.24.

Vanderbilt will counter with lefties David Price (7-0, 2.5 ERA) and Mike Minor (7-0, 2.0 ERA) on Friday and Saturday respectively. Sunday's starter is to be announced but expect either Cody Crowell, Ty Davis or Nick Christiani to get the nod. Price struck out 12 against Tennessee last weekend and is Vanderbilt's all-time strike out leader with 369. Minor allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Vols.

AT THE PLATE:
The Gators are batting .290 overall as a team but batted .342 (38-for-111) last weekend in a series win against Kentucky. First baseman Matt LaPorta leads the Gators in batting average (.426), home runs (16), RBIs (41), runs (50), hits (60) and slugging percentage (.827). Short stop Cole Figueroa bats .312 overall but is a sparkling .491 against lefties. Right field Brian Leclerc hits .342 and has 21 RBIs.

Vanderbilt has a .322 team batting average and is led by All-American Pedro Alvarez (.362) who has 13 home runs and 45 RBIs on the season. Florida native Dominic de la Osa has been on a tear and is currently hitting at a .346 clip with 11 homers. In the last five games he has blasted three homers with two doubles and eight RBI. All but two of the Commodore starters bat over .300.

INTANGIBLES:
Vanderbilt is 25-2 in home games while Florida is 8-7 in road games this year. Florida took 3 of 3 during the 2005 series in Nashville which cost the Commodores a trip to the SEC and NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt took 2 of 3 last year in Gainesville.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Florida		Category			Vanderbilt
23-20 (.535) 	Record			36-8 (.818)
10-8 (.556)	SEC Record		12-6 (.667)
.290		Batting Average		.322
1,530		At Bats			1,566
302		Runs			314
443		Hits			505
80		Doubles			106
5		Triples			10
52		Home Runs			40
277		Runs Batted In		283
.450		Slugging Percentage	.480
31/46		Stolen Bases/Attempts	49/67
186		Walks			183
282		Strikeouts		257
.386		On-Base Percentage		.401
5.24		Team ERA			3.60
6.00		Opponent ERA 		6.07
9		Saves			9
150		Walks			126
254		Strikeouts		412
.302		Batting Average Against	.234
.960		Fielding Percentage	.973
69		Errors			46

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