SEC Baseball Series Preview: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Preview of the Vanderbilt-Kentucky SEC baseball series including key players, stats, schedules/results, rosters and a prediction of the series winner

Vanderbilt-Kentucky SEC Baseball Preview

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to the Kentucky Wildcats for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews this series and predicts the series winner.

By 14Powers SEC Baseball Staff

Series Schedule May 16-18

Jonathan Vastine Vanderbilt
Jonathan Vastine Vanderbilt
Kentucky Proud Park 5,000
Kentucky Proud Park 5,000
Devin Burkes of Kentucky
Devin Burkes of Kentucky
  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 6:30 PM ET SECN+ Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 6:30 PM ET SECN+ Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 1:00 PM ET SECN+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
Base on Balls Kentucky
Vanderbilt
119
214
10
14
240
205
Batting Average Kentucky
Vanderbilt
92
126
5
7
0.290
0.284
Double Plays Vanderbilt
Kentucky
111
173
2
7
34
30
Double Plays Per Game Vanderbilt
Kentucky
141
165
2
5
0.65
0.63
Doubles Vanderbilt
Kentucky
38
61
2
4
110
103
Doubles Per Game Kentucky
Vanderbilt
43
51
2
3
2.15
2.12
Earned Run Average Vanderbilt
Kentucky
46
49
6
7
4.82
4.85
Fielding % Kentucky
Vanderbilt
42
45
7
8
0.977
0.977
Hit Batters Kentucky
Vanderbilt
136
212
4
8
68
57
Hit by Pitch Kentucky
Vanderbilt
35
143
3
8
91
66
Hits Vanderbilt
Kentucky
115
176
7
11
486
456
Hits Allowed Per 9 Innings Vanderbilt
Kentucky
12
15
3
6
7.86
7.97
Home Runs Kentucky
Vanderbilt
80
128
11
13
69
58
Home Runs Per Game Kentucky
Vanderbilt
73
140
9
13
1.44
1.12
On Base % Kentucky
Vanderbilt
45
176
5
13
0.409
0.378
Runs Kentucky
Vanderbilt
57
131
5
12
392
349
Sacrifice Bunts Kentucky
Vanderbilt
33
142
1
5
33
19
Sacrifice Flies Kentucky
Vanderbilt
127
181
7
10
22
19
Scoring Kentucky
Vanderbilt
44
160
4
12
8.2
6.7
Shutouts Kentucky
Vanderbilt
17
17
5
5
4
4
Slugging % Kentucky
Vanderbilt
56
116
7
10
0.499
0.461
Stolen Bases Kentucky
Vanderbilt
22
41
1
2
99
84
Stolen Bases Per Game Kentucky
Vanderbilt
18
47
1
2
2.06
1.62
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio Vanderbilt
Kentucky
17
73
6
13
2.68
2.13
Strikeouts Per 9 Innings Vanderbilt
Kentucky
14
81
6
13
10.5
9.0
Triple Plays
Triples Vanderbilt
Kentucky
119
147
4
6
10
9
Triples Per Game Vanderbilt
Kentucky
147
155
5
6
0.19
0.19
WHIP Vanderbilt
Kentucky
15
22
5
7
1.31
1.35
WL Pct Kentucky
Vanderbilt
6
37
4
6
0.771
0.654
Walks Allowed Per 9 Innings Vanderbilt
Kentucky
46
83
5
7
3.91
4.21

Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Batting Leaders

Player BA OBP AB R H 3B HR SB
Jayden Davis 0.319 0.393 160 32 51 1 2 2
RJ Austin 0.307 0.381 205 43 63 2 4 22
Jonathan Vastine 0.298 0.400 178 39 53 2 8 10
Alan Espinal 0.297 0.403 182 41 54 0 10 3
Matthew Polk 0.296 0.355 152 28 45 1 5 7
Troy LaNeve 0.269 0.396 134 26 36 2 5 1
Davis Diaz 0.267 0.378 187 39 50 0 6 4

Vanderbilt Pitching Leaders

Player W L ERA APP GS SV IP H ER BB K BA
Bryce Cunningham 6 3 4.33 13 13 0 70.2 55 34 27 87 0.207
Carter Holton 7 3 4.52 13 12 0 73.2 59 37 24 96 0.230

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player BA OBP AB R H 3B HR SB
Nick Lopez 0.372 0.437 172 47 64 2 5 3
Ryan Waldschmidt 0.352 0.488 162 52 57 0 9 20
Émilien Pitre 0.305 0.411 190 43 58 1 6 21
Ryan Nicholson 0.295 0.402 156 33 46 0 16 3
Grant Smith 0.290 0.389 124 27 36 0 5 5
Mitchell Daly 0.280 0.425 143 31 40 1 6 7
Nolan McCarthy 0.276 0.354 156 37 43 1 7 7
Devin Burkes 0.245 0.397 155 43 38 0 3 15
James McCoy 0.241 0.364 108 28 26 1 5 6

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player W L ERA APP GS SV IP H ER BB K BA
Trey Pooser 3 1 4.10 14 8 2 59.1 48 27 24 57 0.217
Mason Moore 8 1 4.74 13 13 0 68.1 55 36 35 61 0.224
Dominic Niman 8 4 5.40 13 13 0 63.1 67 38 20 56 0.264

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Vanderbilt 15
Kentucky 5

Vanderbilt Roster

# Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
1 Matthew Polk UTL 5′-11″ 192 Jr. Long Beach CA
2 RJ Hamilton UTL 5′-10″ 177 Fr. Hoover AL
3 Jayden Davis IF 5′-10″ 205 So. Cookeville TN
5 Logan Poteet C 6′-2″ 219 So. Powell TN
6 Matt Wolfe IF 6′-1″ 198 So. Westerville OH
8 Chris Maldonado IF 6′-1″ 194 So. Short Hills NJ
9 Ray Velazquez IF 6′-1″ 212 So. Lowell MA
10 Jacob Humphrey UTL 5′-10″ 179 Jr. Standish ME
11 Davis Diaz IF 5′-11″ 188 Jr. Pittsburg CA
13 Jonathan Vastine IF 5′-11″ 166 Jr. Bartow FL
16 Jack Bulger C 6′-0″ 222 Sr. Bowie MD
17 Ryan Ginther LHP 5′-11″ 207 Jr. Hendersonville TN
18 JD Rogers OF 5′-10″ 208 Jr. Carmel IN
19 Troy LaNeve OF 6′-0″ 205 Gr. Pittsburgh PA
20 Carter Holton LHP 5′-11″ 191 Jr. Guyton GA
21 Calvin Hewett OF 6′-3″ 218 Sr. Greenland NH
22 JD Thompson LHP 6′-0″ 203 So. Rusk TX
23 Devan Kodali OF 6′-2″ 196 So. New York NY
25 Matt Ossenfort IF 6′-3″ 218 Fr. Sioux Falls SD
26 Braden Holcomb IF 6′-4″ 257 Fr. Ocoee FL
27 Kaito Muto UTL 5′-7″ 170 Fr. Bowling Green KY
28 Camden Kozeal IF 5′-10″ 207 Fr. Omaha NE
30 Ethan Robinson RHP 6′-5″ 208 Fr. Murfreesboro TN
31 Duke Ekstrom RHP 6′-2″ 195 Fr. San Diego CA
32 Cooper Holbrook OF 6′-3″ 211 So. Mount Pleasant SC
33 Luke Guth RHP 6′-1″ 185 Fr. Franklin PA
34 Brennan Seiber RHP 6′-5″ 228 Fr. Newport Beach CA
35 Nik Copenhaver RHP 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Hamilton OH
36 Levi Huesman LHP 6′-0″ 192 So. Hanover VA
37 Jakob Schulz LHP 6′-2″ 216 Fr. Houston TX
38 David Horn Jr. RHP 6′-4″ 224 So. Mission Viejo CA
40 Sam Hliboki RHP 6′-3′-‘- 207 Gr. Los Angeles CA
42 RJ Austin UTL 5′-11″ 193 So. Atlanta GA
44 Colin Barczi C 6′-3″ 217 Fr. Naperville IL
45 Alan Espinal C 6′-0″ 214 Sr. Viera FL
55 Colton Regen RHP 6′-4″ 188 Jr. Lebanon TN
66 Deegan Cordova RHP 6′-2″ 196 Fr. Lake Havasu City AZ
77 Alex Kranzler RHP 6′-3″ 224 Fr. Norwood NJ
80 Andrew Dutkanych IV RHP 6′-3″ 230 So. Indianapolis IN
88 Sawyer Hawks RHP 6′-4″ 223 Jr. Lakeland FL
89 Ethan McElvain LHP 6′-4″ 241 Fr. Thompson’s Station TN
90 Miller Green LHP 6′-5″ 232 Fr. Nashville TN
95 Devin Futrell LHP 6′-5″ 218 Jr. Pembroke Pines FL
96 Nate Teague RHP 6′-7″ 232 Fr. Snow Camp NC
97 Bryce Cunningham RHP 6′-5″ 230 Jr. Headland AL
98 Greysen Carter RHP 6′-4″ 237 Jr. Louisville CO

Kentucky Roster

# Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
0 Jake Titus RHP 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Ottawa KS
1 Patrick Herrera INF 6′-2″ 190 Jr. Mesa AZ
2 Mitchell Daly INF 6′-1″ 185 Sr. Madison AL
4 Émilien Pitre INF 5′-11″ 185 Jr. Repentigny QC
5 Josh Skowronski UTIL 6′-5″ 215 Fr. Frederick MD
6 Reuben Church INF 6′-2″ 235 Sr. Maryville TN
7 Devin Burkes C 6′-3″ 205 R-Jr. Bradenton FL
8 Ty Crittenberger OF 6′-0″ 180 Gr. Lighthouse Point FL
9 Nick Lopez INF 6′-2″ 215 Gr. Santa Ana CA
10 Cameron O’Brien RHP 6′-5″ 220 Gr. Wake Forest NC
11 Colby Frieda RHP 6′-3″ 215 Jr. St. John’s FL
12 Grant Smith INF 6′-0″ 190 Sr. Albuquerque NM
13 James McCoy INF/OF 6′-4″ 210 R-So. Port St. Joe FL
14 Ben Higdon OF 6′-3″ 210 Jr. Paducah KY
16 Landon Franklin INF 6′-2″ 185 Fr. Cleveland TN
17 Ethan Hindle INF 6′-1″ 200 Fr. Delafield WI
19 Nolan McCarthy OF 6′-0″ 200 R-Jr. Kalamazoo MI
20 Mason Moore RHP 6′-4″ 215 Jr. Morehead KY
21 Ryan Waldschmidt OF 6′-2″ 205 Jr. Bradenton FL
22 Dominic Niman LHP 6′-3″ 220 Gr. West Hartford CT
23 Hudson Brown INF 6′-6″ 220 Fr. Olive Branch MS
24 Ryan Hagenow RHP 6′-5″ 210 Sr. Knoxville TN
25 Ryan Nicholson INF 6′-4″ 220 Gr. Louisville KY
26 Drew Lafferty RHP 6′-1″ 205 R-Fr. South Park PA
28 Hayden Smith LHP 6′-2″ 200 R-Fr. Nicholasville KY
29 Robert Hogan RHP 6′-0″ 195 Jr. North Oaks MN
33 Travis Smith RHP 6′-4″ 220 R-So. Walton KY
34 Lukas Schramm OF 6′-3″ 215 R-Fr. Apex NC
35 Blake Bowen UTIL 6′-2″ 205 Fr. Wooster OH
36 Carson Applegate RHP 6′-0″ 190 R-Fr. Columbus NJ
37 Raymond Saatman RHP 6′-0″ 165 Fr. Lexington KY
39 Cooper Robinson RHP 6′-4″ 225 Jr. Folsom CA
40 Zach Hise RHP 6′-5″ 210 Jr. Joliet IL
41 Evan Byers LHP 5′-11″ 180 R-Jr. Nicholasville KY
42 Griffin Cameron OF 6′-1″ 180 Fr. Lexington KY
43 Jackson Nove LHP 6′-5″ 215 Jr. Fairfax IA
44 Jacob Price RHP 6′-4″ 225 So. Louisville KY
46 Christian Howe RHP 6′-4″ 195 R-So. Danville KY
47 Kyuss Gargett UTIL 6′-1″ 180 Fr. Anderson IN
48 Ben Cleaver LHP 6′-3″ 185 Fr. Chapel Hill TN
49 Johnny Hummel RHP 6′-0″ 180 Gr. Charlotte NC
50 Evan Hart LHP 6′-5″ 200 Fr. Harrodsburg KY
51 Trey Pooser RHP 6′-4″ 200 Gr. Hanahan SC
52 Austin Fawley C/INF 6′-2″ 190 R-Fr. West Palm Beach FL
54 Eli Small C/OF 6′-1″ 205 Fr. Elkhorn NE
55 Tommy Skelding RHP 6′-3″ 190 Fr. Atwater OH

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE AWAY RUNS HOME RUNS GAME INFO
16-Feb FAU 11 Vanderbilt 12
23-Feb 5:30 PM ET Gonzaga 1 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network +
24-Feb 3:00 PM ET Gonzaga 3 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network +
25-Feb 2:00 PM ET Gonzaga 9 Vanderbilt 8 SEC Network +
27-Feb 5:30 PM ET Indiana St 4 Vanderbilt 20 SEC Network +
28-Feb 5:30 PM ET Evansville 3 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network +
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Louisiana 7 Vanderbilt 4
2-Mar 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 3 Houston 1
3-Mar 12:00 PM ET Texas 11 Vanderbilt 14 Longhorn Network
5-Mar 5:30 PM ET E Michigan 2 Vanderbilt 6 SEC Network +
8-Mar 5:30 PM ET Illinois St 9 Vanderbilt 14 SEC Network +
9-Mar 2:00 PM ET Illinois St 9 Vanderbilt 14 SEC Network +
10-Mar 2:00 PM ET Illinois St 0 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network +
12-Mar 7:00 PM ET Indiana 5 Vanderbilt 13 SEC Network +
15-Mar 7:00 PM ET Auburn 1 Vanderbilt 11 SEC Network +
16-Mar 3:00 PM ET Auburn 5 Vanderbilt 13 SEC Network +
17-Mar 2:00 PM ET Auburn 6 Vanderbilt 9 SEC Network +
19-Mar 7:00 PM ET Belmont 1 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network +
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 4 South Carolina 8 SEC Network +
23-Mar 4:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 4 South Carolina 8 SEC Network +
24-Mar 1:30 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 South Carolina 10 SEC Network +
26-Mar 7:00 PM ET Valparaiso 2 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network +
28-Mar 7:00 PM ET Missouri 1 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network +
29-Mar 7:00 PM ET Missouri 0 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network +
30-Mar 2:00 PM ET Missouri 1 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network
2-Apr 7:00 PM ET Western KY Vanderbilt
4-Apr 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 6 LSU 10
5-Apr 8:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 8 LSU 3 SEC Network
6-Apr 3:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 13 LSU 3
9-Apr 7:00 PM ET MTSU 1 Vanderbilt 14 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 0 Texas A&M 15 SEC Network+
13-Apr 8:30 PM ET Vanderbilt 0 Texas A&M 9 SEC Network
14-Apr 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 6 Texas A&M 12 SEC Network+
16-Apr 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 15 Lipscomb 4
18-Apr 7:30 PM ET Florida 5 Vanderbilt 10 SEC Network+
19-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 2 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network+
20-Apr 3:00 PM ET Florida 6 Vanderbilt 2 SEC Network+
23-Apr 7:00 PM ET UT Martin 4 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network+
26-Apr 7:00 PM ET Mississippi St 0 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network+
27-Apr 3:00 PM ET Mississippi St 7 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network+
28-Apr 2:00 PM ET Mississippi St 8 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network+
30-Apr 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Tech 7 Vanderbilt 8 SEC Network+
3-May 6:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 0 Georgia 10 SEC Network+
4-May 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 4 Georgia 14 SEC Network+
5-May 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 7 Georgia 11 SEC Network+
7-May 7:00 PM ET Louisville 2 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network+
10-May 7:00 PM ET Tennessee 8 Vanderbilt 4 SEC Network+
11-May 3:00 PM ET Tennessee 7 Vanderbilt 6 SEC Network
12-May 3:00 PM ET Tennessee 0 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network+
16-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
May 21-26 SEC Baseball Tournament SEC Network
May 27-June 14 NCAA Baseball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE AWAY RUNS HOME RUNS GAME INFO
16-Feb Kentucky 11 SC Upstate 7
23-Feb 3:00 PM ET Washington St 6 Kentucky 4
24-Feb 5:00 PM ET Texas St 5 Kentucky 11
25-Feb 1:00 PM ET Kentucky 8 Kansas 5
27-Feb 4:00 PM ET Western KY 0 Kentucky 5 SEC Network +
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Lipscomb 4 Kentucky 7 SEC Network +
2-Mar 1:00 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Kentucky 16 SEC Network +
3-Mar 1:00 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Kentucky 19 SEC Network +
5-Mar 4:00 PM ET E Kentucky Kentucky SEC Network +
6-Mar 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 10 E Kentucky 0 ESPN+
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET Kennesaw St Kentucky SEC Network +
9-Mar 1:00 PM ET Kennesaw St 13 Kentucky 1 SEC Network +
10-Mar 1:00 PM ET Kennesaw St 9 Kentucky 7 SEC Network +
12-Mar 6:30 PM ET Murray St 6 Kentucky 10 SEC Network +
15-Mar 6:30 PM ET Georgia 10 Kentucky 16 SEC Network +
16-Mar 2:00 PM ET Georgia 3 Kentucky 9 SEC Network +
17-Mar 1:00 PM ET Georgia 1 Kentucky 12 SEC Network +
19-Mar 6:30 PM ET Evansville 3 Kentucky 11
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 9 Missouri 4 SEC Network +
23-Mar 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Missouri 2 SEC Network +
24-Mar 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Missouri 6 SEC Network
26-Mar 6:30 PM ET Miami OH 4 Kentucky 9 SEC Network +
29-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 5 Ole Miss 3 SEC Network +
30-Mar 2:30 PM ET Kentucky 17 Ole Miss 9 SEC Network +
31-Mar 2:30 PM ET Kentucky 15 Ole Miss 1 SEC Network +
3-Apr 7:00 PM ET Louisville Kentucky SEC Network
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Alabama 2 Kentucky 6
6-Apr 2:00 PM ET Alabama 0 Kentucky 7
7-Apr 12:00 PM ET Alabama 5 Kentucky 16 SEC Network
9-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 7 Samford 9
11-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 6 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
13-Apr 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 13 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
16-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 17 Louisville 13 ACC Network
19-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 3 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
20-Apr 2:00 PM ET Tennessee 3 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
21-Apr 1:00 PM ET Tennessee 13 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
26-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 5 South Carolina 6 SEC Network+
27-Apr 6:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 South Carolina 13 SEC Network
28-Apr 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 0 South Carolina 10 SEC Network
3-May 6:30 PM ET Arkansas 10 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
4-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas 3 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
5-May 1:00 PM ET Arkansas 4 Kentucky 7 SEC Network+
7-May 3:00 PM ET Kentucky Xavier
10-May 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 12 Florida 11 SEC Network+
11-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Florida 10 SEC Network
12-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Florida 5 SEC Network
14-May 6:30 PM ET Wright St Kentucky Canceled
16-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
18-May 2:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas A&M SEC Network+
May 21-26 SEC Baseball Tournament SEC Network
May 27-June 14 NCAA Baseball Tournament

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Baseball Legacy Comparison

Data current as of 2022

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Vanderbilt Baseball History

All-Time Record: 2,457-1,812-33
SEC Record: 724-947-10
SEC Championships: 3 (2007, 2011, 2019)
SEC Tournament Appearances: 26 (1977, 1980, 1990, 1992-96, 2003-04, 2006-10-18, 19, 21-23)
SEC Tournament Record: 53-41
SEC Tournament Championships: 5 (1973-74, 1980, 2007, 19,23)
NCAA Regional Appearances: 20 (1973-74, 1980, 2004, 2006-19, 21-22)
NCAA Regional Championships: 10 (2004, 2010-11, 2013-15, 17-19, 21)
Super Regional Appearances: 10 (2004, 2010-11, 2013-15, 17-19, 21)
Super Regional Championships: 4 (2011, 2014, 2019, 21)
College World Series Appearances: 5 (2011, 2014-15, 19, 21)
National Championships: 2 (2014, 2019)
All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 80-45

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Kentucky Baseball History

All-Time Record: 2,015-1,905-25
SEC Record: 772-1,015-8
SEC Championships: 1 (2006)
SEC Tournament Appearances: 23 (1979, 1981,1987-88, 1991, 1993-96, 1998-2000, 2006, 2008, 2012-14, 2016-18, 21-22)
SEC Tournament Record: 25-39
SEC Tournament Championships: 07 (1981, 1982,
1984, 1988, 1991, 2011, 2015)
NCAA Regional Appearances: 9 (1949, 1950, 1988,
1993, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2017)
NCAA Regional Championships: 0
Super Regional Appearances: 0
Super Regional Championships: 0
College World Series Appearances: 0
National Championships: 0
All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 14-18

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Series Prediction

Kentucky 2 wins, Vanderbilt 1 win

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