Vanderbilt hosts Georgia

It's do or die time for Vanderbilt as the division leading Georgia Bulldogs invade Nashville. The Commodores need a series win or sweep to gain momentum in their quest for a second straight SEC title. Look inside for the pitching rotations and game notes.

Vanderbilt (36-13, 14-9 SEC) vs. Georgia (31-16-1, 17-6-1 SEC)

Schedule

Friday, May 9 (6 p.m. CT) CSS
Saturday, May 10 (2 p.m. CT)
Sunday, May 11 (1 p.m. CT)
Hawkins Field (3,000)

Series History

Georgia leads 113-90 in a series that dates back to 1896. The Commodores have won the last two series and three of five under Tim Corbin, including taking two of three in Athens last year. VU has won six of the last nine matchups over the last two years.

Polls

Vanderbilt is ranked in all the national polls, with a high ranking of No. 11 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. ESPN/Sports Weekly puts the Commodores at No. 14. Collegiate Baseball ranks the Dores No. 16 this week while Baseball America and Rivals.com has the team at No. 18. Georgia is ranked No. 8 in CB, No. 9 by ESPN/Sports Weekly, No. 11 by BA, No. 14 by the NCBWA and No. 18 by Rivals.com. All of the National Polls can be found on page 6 of the release.

Pitching Rotations

GEORGIA

Friday: Jr. RHP Trevor Holder (7-2, 2.84 ERA)
Saturday: Jr. RHP Stephen Dodson (5-2, 3.88 ERA)
Sunday: Jr. LHP Nathan Moreau (2-2, 4.81 ERA)

VANDERBILT

Friday: So. LHP Mike Minor (5-3, 4.00 ERA)
Saturday: Fr. RHP Caleb Cotham (7-3, 3.64 ERA)
Sunday: Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (5-2, 3.64 ERA)

Georgia Notes

Georgia is 31-16-1 overall and 17-6-1 in SEC play after taking two of three against Ole Miss last weekend in Athens. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs lost to rival Georgia Tech, 11-1, at Foley Field before heading to Nashville.

Georgia is an experienced ball club both offensively and on the mound with five offensive starters and 11 pitchers who accounted for 94 percent of the innings pitched last year.

Junior shortstop Gordon Beckham is a leading candidate for National Player of the Year honors with a nation's best 22 homers on the year to go with a .409 batting average and 52 RBI. Sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress has benefited from hitting behind Beckham, batting .339 with 10 homers and 45 RBI. As a team UGA is batting .292 with 63 homers and 323 runs scored (6.7 per game).

All three starters in the rotation return from a year ago to anchor a staff that sports a team 4.14 ERA, including a 3.84 mark in league action. Junior right-handers Trevor Holder (7-2, 2.84 ERA) and Stephen Dodson (5-2, 3.88 ERA) will start on Friday and Saturday respectively with junior southpaw Nathan Moreau (2-2, 4.91 ERA) slated to go on Sunday. Moreau pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball to lead the Bulldogs to their lone win in the series, 7-0, a year ago. Senior right-hander Joshua Fields has dominated this season sporting a 1-1 record with a 0.37 ERA and 13 saves. He had not allowed an earned run all year until last week against Ole Miss and has 44 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 24.1 innings on the year. Sophomore right-hander Dean Weaver has served in the setup man role with a 3-1 record and 2.30 ERA in 20 appearances. He has 34 strikeouts and 12 walks in 31.1 innings.

Vanderbilt Notes

VU enters the weekend riding a five game winning streak and has won 17 of its last 20 games ... With final exams complete, the Commodores went into the Tennessee series refreshed and focusing on baseball and delivered a series sweep over the Vols for the second straight season … The sweep in Knoxville is the first for the Commodores since the SEC went to three-game series in 1986. It was also the first time a team had swept back-to-back series in that span. Head coach Tim Corbin is now 15-5 all-time against UT … The Commodore offense exploded over the weekend, scoring 27 runs on 42 hits. The team hit .356 with four homers, 14 doubles and a triple in the three games. A week after going 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position against Kentucky, VU rebounded by going 20-for-51 (.392) with RISP. The team had 10 two-out RBI on the weekend as well … Redshirt freshman Steven Liddle led the Commodores going 5-for-11 (.455) at the plate with three doubles and three RBI. He was won of five regulars who hit over .400 in the series … Ryan Flaherty was 6-for-14 (.429) with a homer, two doubles and five RBI … Shea Robin was 6-for-14 with two homers, a double and four RBI … David Macias and Dominic de la Osa were both 5-for-12 with Macias adding three doubles and four RBI, while de la Osa had two doubles and four runs scored … Defensively, the Commodores played flawlessly with no errors in 120 chances … Mike Minor and Caleb Cotham picked up the wins on Friday and Saturday with 8.2 and 7 innings pitched respectively … Chase Reid picked up his fourth victory of the season, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three … Brett Jacobson picked up his second save of the weekend and fourth of the season, pitching the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. He had not allowed a run in his last seven outings (nine innings in relief), before giving up a run against Tennessee Tech on Wednesday.


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