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SEC BASEBALL: KENTUCKY VS. VANDERBILT PREVIEW/PREDICTION

Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt

The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Nashville for a three-game SEC baseball series with the Vanderbilt Commodores. 14Powers.com previews both teams and projects the winner of this series.

The Basics


Kentucky at Vanderbilt, May 17-21

Day Time TV Tickets
Thursday 7:30 PM ET (6:30 CT)

SECN Bases Loaded LINK
Friday 3 PM ET (2 CT)

SECN+ LINK
Saturday 2 PM ET (1 CT)

SECN+ LINK

Hitting Comparison

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INF-OF Luke Heyer of Kentucky
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INF Ethan Paul of Vanderbilt
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BATTING AVERAGE
0.300 -- No. 3 in SEC
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BATTING AVERAGE
0.263 -- No. 12 in SEC
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ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.408 -- No. 1 in SEC
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ON BASE PERCENTAGE
0.372 -- No. 9 in SEC
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HOME RUNS
77 -- No. 1 in SEC
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HOME RUNS
46 -- No. 9 in SEC

Kentucky Top Hitters

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NAME POS AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
Kole Cottam 1B 0.350 71 11 0 17 47 30
Luke Heyer 3B 0.349 67 17 0 17 55 26
Tristan Pompey LF 0.347 59 18 0 7 38 28
Ben Aklinski CF 0.307 61 10 1 6 41 29
Luke Becker 2B 0.300 57 11 2 6 36 35
Troy Squires C 0.282 53 12 0 5 51 24
Trey Dawson SS 0.279 43 8 1 3 19 38







Vanderbilt Top Hitters

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NAME POS AVG H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
Austin Martin 1B 0.319 58 9 0 1 16 27
Philip Clarke DH 0.298 53 13 0 4 28 22
Pat DeMarco CF 0.283 58 10 1 7 35 17
Connor Kaiser SS 0.281 50 11 1 2 30 28
Stephen Scott C 0.252 32 9 0 10 32 27
Ethan Paul 2B 0.247 47 12 1 8 38 25

Pitching Comparison

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RHP Chris Machamer of Kentucky
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RHP Patrick Raby of Vanderbilt
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ERA: 5.26 -- No. 14 in SEC
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ERA: 4.31 -- No. 10 in SEC
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OPP BATTING AVG
0.259 -- No. 11 in SEC
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OPP BATTING AVG
0.245 -- No. 6 in SEC
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STRIKEOUTS
479 -- No. 4 in SEC
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STRIKEOUTS
483 -- No. 3 in SEC in SEC

Kentucky Key Pitchers

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NAME W L ERA IP H ER BB SO OBA
Sean Hjelle 7 4 3.56 86.0 75 34 19 73 0.231
Justin Lewis 7 3 4.34 72.2 63 35 27 92 0.232






Vanderbilt Key Pitchers

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NAME W L ERA IP H ER BB SO OBA
Patrick Raby 4 5 3.43 60.1 60 23 24 50 0.265
Drake Fellows 5 4 4.06 77.2 62 35 31 88 0.226
Mason Hickman 7 2 4.53 59.2 55 30 23 53 0.246

COMMENTS

Vanderbilt and Kentucky meet in Nashville with identical SEC records. The Commodores have picked things up since JJ Bleday and Connor Kaiser returned to the lineup. Kentucky is a dangerous hitting team but struggles on the mound.

Series Prediction


Vanderbilt 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win







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