Vanderbilt faces APSU tonight

It's been a long road through the regular season and SEC Tournament. Now Vanderbilt faces its biggest test: the NCAA Tournament. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Commodores square off against Austin Peay at Hawkins Field.

No. 1 Seed Vanderbilt (51-11)
vs. No. 4 Seed Austin Peay (39-20)
Friday, June 1;  7 p.m.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Hawkins Field (3,700)

Series History vs. Austin Peay: Vanderbilt leads 43-18-2 all-time against the Governors. The teams are meeting for the first time in postseason play.

Season Meetings: April 1 Vanderbilt 4, Austin Peay 1 Clarksville; February 27 Vanderbilt 8, Austin Peay 0 Nashville

Polls: Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, Rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Poll. Austin Peay is not ranked.

RPI: Vanderbilt is No. 2 in Warren Nolan's Baseball RPI. The Commodores are 17-5 against top 50 RPI teams. Austin Peay is ranked No. 168 in Nolan's RPI and the Governors are 2-4 against top 50 opponents and 4-8 against top 100 opponents.

The Coaches: VU's Tim Corbin is 195-106 in his fifth season as head coach. He is 7-0 against Austin Peay. APSU's Gary McClure is 600-544-4 in his 20th year in Clarksville.

Scouting Austin Peay

Austin Peay is 39-20 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA's after winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament over the weekend. Like Vanderbilt, they won their league regular season championship as well with a 19-8 league mark. Third baseman Tyler Farrar leads the team with a .343 batting average, while first baseman Jake Lane and outfielder Will Hogue are the top power sources with eight homers each. APSU is hitting .297 as a team with 38 homers and 349 runs scored in 59 games (5.9 runs per game). Ohio Valley Conference pitcher of the year Shawn Kelley (11-3, 2.52 ERA) will start against the Commodores. He is coming off a complete game victory over Samford in the OVC tournament. The Governors closer is Ben Wilshire who has nine saves and a 2.97 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 17 walks in 33.1 innings. APSU has a 3.61 team ERA with 325 strikeouts and 146 walks in 513.2 innings this year.


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