Vanderbilt to face Austin Peay on Friday

NASHVILLE-- The NCAA Baseball Selection committee announced on Monday that Vanderbilt will host Michigan, Austin Peay and Memphis in the Nashville regional at Hawkins Field. Tickets to the regional are going very quickly.

Vanderbilt, who was awarded the No. 1 national seed, will face the Austin Peay State Governors at 7 p.m. CST on Friday.

Tim Corbin talks about Vanderbilt's No. 1 National seed:

"The most obvious thing is the recruiting aspect of it," said Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin on the impact on his program of receiving the nation's No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. "We draw off of that and that is a good thing. Then after that it probably doesn't mean a whole lot. It gives your program some visibility nationally but outside of that, you have got the bulls eye. But we have worn that bulls eye for so long now that I don't even know if it is a bulls eye anymore. It has kind of worn off. And I think that is a remarkable thing. We just go about business the same way."

"I just had goose bumps," Corbin said of watching his team announced as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. "I was thinking about how far the program has come in five years. Emotionally, you try to rewind how everything started, whether it goes back to Worth Scott's home run and the people who were there in the beginning who saw this out. To think about where we are now, there is just a real sense of accomplishment. But after I start dreaming a little bit I just cut it short because I know that it is not over and I don't want it to turn into a nightmare. I want it to keep going and going and going. I don't want to wake up. I just want the kids to keep enjoying what they are doing at this point."

Scouting Austin Peay: The Govs won the OVC Championship on Saturday by defeating Jacksonville State, 3-2 and are currently 39-20 (19-8 OVC). Austin Peay and Vanderbilt are familiar with each other. Vanderbilt defeated the Governors in early April in Clarksville (4-1) and (8-0) in Nashville in late February. No pushovers, the Govs swept Mississippi State in a two game series in early May (7-5, 3-2) and dropped a two game series to Ole Miss in early March (9-3, 4-3). Peay was also swept by Memphis (13-7, 4-3) in early April.

The Govs sport a .297 team batting average and are led by Tyler Farrar who has a .343 batting average with 5 homeruns. On the mound the Shawn Kelley (11-3) is the ace with a 2.52 ERA. The Govs are coached by Gary McClure who is in his 19th season as head coach.

In the other opening regional game at Vanderbilt, Michigan and Memphis square off earlier on Friday at 2 p.m.

NOTE FROM THE VANDERBILT TICKET OFFICE

Less than 100 general admission tickets are available for purchase on-line through vucommodores.com or through the Vanderbilt ticket office located in the McGugin Center. The ticket office will open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.


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