The No. 2 national seed, Vanderbilt, will open up the NCAA World Series against No. 7 seeded, Louisville, on Sunday.
Vandy’s 54-11 Season
— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBoys) June 10, 2019
The Vanderbilt Commodores ended their regular season with a 45-10 overall record and 23-7 record in the SEC. But even so, Vanderbilt continued its great form through post-season winning nine and only losing to Duke in its first game of Super Regionals.
In detail, Vanderbilt won the SEC Tournament, the NCAA Nashville Regional and Super Regional. The victims, Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Indiana State and Duke were all left in the dust in the process.
Vanderbilt’s Stats vs. World Series teams
Vanderbilt’s 2019 season stats will make your jaw drop.
Let’s take a look at the Commodores statistics compared to the rest of the World Series sides (Texas Tech, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida State, Mississippi State and Auburn) at this point of the competition.
- Vanderbilt has the best batting average (.319) with Mississippi State trailing by just .003 (.316)
- Vanderbilt also leads in on-base percentage (.417). Texas Tech is the closest program in the final eight that comes close to Vanderbilt with a (.406)
- Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are tied for the best strikeouts per 9 innings at 10
Now, let’s take a look at personal statistics
- Austin Martin is the best slugger in the final 8 with a .414 batting average
- Pitcher, Tyler Brown has the most saves (14)
- JJ Bleday has hit 26 home runs, more than any other player this season
Things to Know About Louisville
Louisville’s closer, Michael McAvene is back after being ejected from the NCAA Regional against Indiana. Going into detail, McAvene was suspended for four games for saying “that’s horrible,” after the umpire called a ball. Nevertheless, McAvene is ready to pitch and his presence in the mound will have a positive impact on the game.
In addition, the Cardinals’ bottom of the lineup is on fire.
Like the other teams in the World Series, Louisville relies on a strong top of the lineup. But the bottom lineup turned into a force of its own against East Carolina. Expect Danny Oriente, Justin Lavey, Drew Campbell, Henry Davis, Zeke Pinkham and Zach Britton to bring some of that momentum with them.
First pitch will be thrown Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. ET at the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.