Vanderbilt faces Michigan in NCAA

On Friday Vanderbilt held on to beat a scrappy Austin Peay team, 2-1, in 10 innings. Saturday it's the Southeastern Conference champions versus the Big 10 champs as the Commodores face Michigan.

No. 1 Seed Vanderbilt (52-11)
vs. No. 2 Seed Michigan (40-16)
Saturday, June 2; 7 p.m.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Hawkins Field (3,700)

Series History vs. Michigan: Vanderbilt trails, 16-19.

Last Meetings: Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 5-2 and 5-4 in the 2006 Atlanta Regional hosted by Georgia Tech.

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. Michigan is not ranked.

RPI: Vanderbilt is No. 2 in Warren Nolan's Baseball RPI. The Commodores are 17-5 against top 50 RPI teams. Michigan is ranked No. 45 in Nolan's RPI.

The Coaches: VU's Tim Corbin is 196-106 in his fifth season as head coach. Rich Maloney is in his 5th season as Michigan head coach with a 189-109 record.

Scouting Michigan

Michigan is 40-16 overall and earned an at-large bid from the Big Ten conference. They were the regular season conference champions with a 21-7 league mark.

First baseman Nate Recknagel leads the team with a .360 batting average to go with 10 homers and 54 RBI. Designated hitter Zack Putnam is the top run producer with 58 RBIs and is also the ace of the pitching staff. As a team, the Wolverines are batting .336 with 45 homers and 410 runs scored in 55 games (7.5 runs per game).

Putnam (7-4, 3.78) started against Memphis on Friday. Saturday's starter is to be determined but will likely be either Mike Wilson (So., LHP, 7-0, 3.00) or Andrew Hess (Sr., RHP, 7-1, 3.76 ERA). Michigan has a 4.29 team ERA with 350 strikeouts and 200 walks in 459.2 innings pitched.


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