SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Kentucky-Vanderbilt baseball series preview

Vanderbilt travels to Kentucky 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

Enrique Bradfield Jr of Vanderbilt
Enrique Bradfield Jr. of Vanderbilt
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky

Series Schedule April 22-24

  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Friday 6:30 PM SEC Network+ Tickets
Game 2 Saturday 12:00 PM SEC Network Tickets
Game 3 Sunday 1:00 PM SEC Network+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Hitting

  BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR SF BB Bunts SB
Vanderbilt 0.300 0.396 256 353 73 9 43 23 178 18 48
Kentucky 0.294 0.390 269 368 75 9 36 18 159 14 45

Pitching & Fielding

  ERA K/9 OBA HA/9 HB SWR WHIP HR BB/9 DP F%
Vanderbilt 3.11 11.4 0.207 6.74 31 3.34 1.13 25 3.40 23 0.979
Kentucky 5.22 10.9 0.267 9.52 41 2.49 1.54 32 4.36 24 0.974

Statistical Leaders

Vanderbilt Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Dominic Keegan Vanderbilt 0.411 0.473 53 13 1 7 35 17 0
Spencer Jones Vanderbilt 0.364 0.458 44 14 0 6 28 18 8
Jack Bulger Vanderbilt 0.296 0.382 34 3 0 3 16 14 2
Enrique Bradfield Jr. Vanderbilt 0.294 0.385 40 7 4 3 19 22 19
Tate Kolwyck Vanderbilt 0.290 0.347 31 8 0 6 22 10 0
Davis Diaz Vanderbilt 0.274 0.415 29 8 0 1 17 25 4
Javier Vaz Vanderbilt 0.256 0.358 23 6 1 3 20 14 3
Carter Young Vanderbilt 0.256 0.389 30 4 3 5 20 23 2

Vanderbilt Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Devin Futrell Vanderbilt 7 0 2.46 8 7 0 36 24 10 10 5 44 0.185
Patrick Reilly Vanderbilt 2 2 2.57 9 3 0 35 29 10 10 22 51 0.228
Chris McElvain Vanderbilt 4 2 4.05 9 9 0 46 38 26 21 20 58 0.220
Carter Holton Vanderbilt 4 2 4.57 9 9 0 45 34 26 23 16 66 0.202

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Chase Estep Kentucky 0.345 0.448 49 11 1 11 35 24 11
Daniel Harris IV Kentucky 0.333 0.432 39 5 2 2 20 13 6
Hunter Jump Kentucky 0.331 0.411 47 5 0 2 20 17 4
John Thrasher Kentucky 0.279 0.402 29 7 1 0 16 16 7
Ryan Ritter Kentucky 0.270 0.349 40 5 2 5 25 11 9
Jacob Plastiak Kentucky 0.269 0.378 39 9 2 9 36 19 2
Adam Fogel Kentucky 0.255 0.323 35 10 0 1 18 11 1
Alonzo Rubalcaba Kentucky 0.248 0.341 27 5 1 3 28 15 1

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Vanderbilt:

4

Kentucky:

67

Vanderbilt Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
99 Jack Anderson RHP 6’5” 190 Gr. Nashville TN
30 Nelson Berkwich LHP 5’11” 190 So. Boca Raton FL
51 Enrique Bradfield Jr. OF 6’1” 160 So. Hialeah FL
46 Gage Bradley RHP 6’3” 190 So. Clarksville TN
16 Jack Bulger UTL 6’0” 210 So. Bowie MD
98 Greysen Carter RHP 6’4” 218 Fr. Louisville CO
39 Gavin Casas IF 6’3” 225 So. Pembroke Pines FL
97 Bryce Cunningham RHP 6’5” 225 Fr. Headland AL
11 Davis Diaz IF 5’11” 170 Fr. Pittsburg CA
43 Michael Doolin RHP 6’4’’ 220 Jr. Schererville IN
45 Alan Espinal C 6’0” 190 So. Viera FL
44 Donye Evans RHP 6’6” 220 So. Decatur GA
95 Devin Futrell LHP 6’5” 195 Fr. Pembroke Pines FL
31 Miles Garrett RHP 5’10” 165 So. Stone Mountain GA
17 Ryan Ginther LHP 5’11” 201 Fr. Gallatin TN
3 Rob Gordon IF 6’2” 176 Fr. Mableton GA
77 Brett Hansen LHP 6’4” 205 So. Pleasanton CA
21 Calvin Hewett OF 6’3” 205 So. Greenland N.H.
40 Sam Hliboki RHP 6’3’’ 210 Jr. Los Angeles CA
20 Carter Holton LHP 5’11” 195 Fr. Guyton GA
52 Sam Hunt UTL 6’2” 205 Fr. Minneapolis MN
34 Spencer Jones UTL 6’7’’ 225 Jr. Encinitas CA
12 Dominic Keegan UTL 6’0” 210 Sr. Methuen MA
6 Tate Kolwyck IF 5’11” 195 Sr. Memphis TN
19 Troy LaNeve OF 6’0’’ 210 Jr. Pittsburgh PA
42 Christian Little RHP 6’4” 210 So. St. Louis MO
50 Kyle Magrans RHP 6’3” 210 Fr. Clarksville TN
29 Nick Maldonado RHP 6’1’’ 205 Jr. Short Hills NJ
23 Kenny Mallory Jr. UTL 6’3” 195 Fr. Lawrenceville GA
35 Chris McElvain RHP 6’0’’ 205 Jr. Thompson Station TN
10 T.J. McKenzie UTL 6’1’’ 180 Jr. Loxahatchee FL
5 Anthony Migliaccio UTL 6’1” 200 Fr. Wyandotte MI
36 Grayson Moore RHP 6’3” 190 So. Longwood FL
25 Parker Noland IF 6’1’’ 200 Jr. Knoxville TN
33 Hunter Owen LHP 6’6” 240 So. South Portland ME
1 Matthew Polk UTL 5’11” 180 Fr. Long Beach CA
55 Colton Regen RHP 6’4” 170 Fr. Lebanon TN
88 Patrick Reilly RHP 6’3” 210 So. Sea Girt NJ
18 JD Rogers OF 5’10” 185 Fr. Carmel IN
66 Thomas Schultz RHP 6’6’’ 225 Jr. Mount Carmel PA
48 Christian Smith OF 6’2” 195 Fr. Atlanta GA
13 Jonathan Vastine IF 5’11” 165 Fr. Bartow FL
2 Javier Vaz IF 5’9” 151 Sr. Huntsville AL
9 Carter Young IF 6’0’’ 180 Jr. Selah WA

Kentucky Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
28 Oraj Anu OF 6′-1″ 240 Gr. Orlando FL
35 Tyler Bosma LHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Holland MI
7 Devin Burkes C 6′-3″ 210 R-Fr. Bradenton FL
41 Evan Byers LHP 5′-11″ 180 R-Fr. Nicholasville KY
6 Reuben Church INF 6′-2″ 245 So. Maryville TN
23 Magdiel Cotto LHP 6′-4″ 245 So. Fort Mill SC
30 Michael Dallas INF 6′-1″ 185 Fr. Arlington TN
31 Alex Degen RHP 6′-8″ 205 Sr. Readington Township NJ
12 Chase Estep INF 6′-0″ 195 Jr. Corbin KY
2 Jase Felker INF 6′-2″ 180 Jr. Princeton KY
55 Adam Fogel OF 6′-5″ 220 Gr. Palos Verdes Estates CA
11 Colby Frieda RHP 6′-3″ 220 Fr. St. Johns FL
44 Reed Gannon LHP 6′-3″ 195 Fr. Minooka IL
14 Tyler Guilfoil RHP 6′-4″ 215 Jr. Lexington KY
24 Ryan Hagenow RHP 6′-5″ 215 So. Knoxville TN
34 Sean Harney RHP 6′-0″ 190 Gr. Natick MA
54 Daniel Harper RHP 6′-4″ 225 Gr. Fairway KS
1 Daniel Harris IV INF 6′-0″ 195 Gr. Stone Moutain GA
50 Mason Hazelwood LHP 6′-5″ 235 Gr. Salvisa KY
46 Christian Howe RHP 6′-4″ 190 Fr. Danville KY
21 Wyatt Hudepohl RHP 6′-4″ 220 So. Mason OH
10 Hunter Jump OF 5′-11″ 210 Gr. Aliso Viejo CA
42 Tanner Kim INF/OF 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Knoxville TN
48 Zack Lee RHP 6′-4″ 200 Jr. Effingham IL
8 Kirk Liebert OF/C 6′-0″ 195 Sr. Owensboro KY
25 Seth Logue RHP 6′-1″ 180 So. Mason OH
19 Nolan McCarthy UTIL 6′-0″ 200 R-Fr. Kalamazoo MI
13 James McCoy INF 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Dunwoody GA
20 Mason Moore RHP 6′-4″ 205 Fr. Morehead KY
43 Jackson Nove LHP 6′-5″ 215 Fr. Fairfax Iowa
4 Émilien Pitre INF 5′-11″ 175 Fr. Repentigny QC
26 Jacob Plastiak INF 6′-3″ 225 Sr. Chicago IL
47 Ryan Ritter INF 6′-2″ 200 Jr. Tinley Park IL
9 Alonzo Rubalcaba C 6′-0″ 210 Sr. Fairfield CA
33 Travis Smith RHP 6′-4″ 215 Fr. Walton KY
49 Austin Strickland RHP 6′-2″ 205 So. Winchester OH
16 Cole Stupp RHP 6′-4″ 205 Jr. Milton GA
22 John Thrasher OF 6′-2″ 185 Gr. Ridgefield CT
5 Darren Williams RHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Maysville KY

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma State 0 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network+
19-Feb 2:00 PM ET Oklahoma State 4 Vanderbilt 3 SEC Network+
20-Feb 2:00 PM ET Oklahoma State 7 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network+
22-Feb 5:30 PM ET North Alabama PPD Vanderbilt PPD SEC Network+
23-Feb 5:30 PM ET Evansville 0 Vanderbilt 9 SEC Network+
25-Feb 5:30 PM ET Army 2 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network+
26-Feb 3:00 PM ET Army 7 Vanderbilt 10 SEC Network+
27-Feb 2:00 PM ET Army 0 Vanderbilt 6 SEC Network+
1-Mar 5:30 PM ET C Arkansas 2 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network+
4-Mar 11:35 PM ET Vanderbilt 9 Hawai’i 2
5-Mar Vanderbilt 12 Hawai’i 1
5-Mar 6:05 PM ET Vanderbilt 13 Hawai’i 1
6-Mar 6:05 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 Hawai’i 1
11-Mar 5:30 PM ET Wagner 7 Vanderbilt 12 SEC Network+
12-Mar 3:00 PM ET Wagner 0 Vanderbilt 13 SEC Network+
13-Mar 2:00 PM ET Wagner 5 Vanderbilt 15 SEC Network+
15-Mar 7:00 PM ET Michigan 4 Vanderbilt 5 SEC Network
18-Mar 7:00 PM ET Missouri 2 Vanderbilt 15 SEC Network+
19-Mar 3:00 PM ET Missouri 0 Vanderbilt 6 SEC Network+
20-Mar 2:00 PM ET Missouri 4 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network+
22-Mar 7:00 PM ET Belmont 4 Vanderbilt 13 SEC Network+
24-Mar 8:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 10 South Carolina 0 ESPN2
25-Mar TBA Vanderbilt 2 South Carolina 8 SEC Network+
26-Mar TBA Vanderbilt 6 South Carolina 8 SEC Network+
29-Mar 7:00 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network+
1-Apr 7:00 PM ET Tennessee 6 Vanderbilt 2 ESPN2
2-Apr 8:00 PM ET Tennessee 5 Vanderbilt 2 SEC Network
3-Apr 2:00 PM ET Tennessee 5 Vanderbilt 0 SEC Network+
5-Apr 7:00 PM ET Austin Peay 2 Vanderbilt 12 SEC Network+
8-Apr 7:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 1 Auburn 5 SEC Network+
9-Apr 5:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 19 Auburn 4 SEC Network+
10-Apr 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 Auburn 8 SEC Network+
12-Apr 7:00 PM ET Western KY 4 Vanderbilt 7 SEC Network+
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 4 Vanderbilt 5 ESPN2
16-Apr 7:00 PM ET Florida 6 Vanderbilt 8 SEC Network
17-Apr 1:00 PM ET Florida 4 Vanderbilt 3 ESPNU
19-Apr 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Tech Vanderbilt SEC Network+
22-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
23-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
28-Apr 8:00 PM ET Texas A&M Vanderbilt ESPNU
29-Apr 7:00 PM ET Texas A&M Vanderbilt SEC Network+
30-Apr 3:00 PM ET Texas A&M Vanderbilt SEC Network+
3-May 7:00 PM ET Louisville Vanderbilt SEC Network
6-May 6:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Georgia SEC Network+
7-May 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Georgia SEC Network+
8-May 2:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Georgia SEC Network
10-May 7:00 PM ET Indiana State Vanderbilt SEC Network+
13-May 7:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Arkansas SEC Network+
14-May 7:30 PM ET Vanderbilt Arkansas SEC Network+
15-May 3:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Arkansas SEC Network+
17-May 7:00 PM ET MTSU Vanderbilt SEC Network+
19-May 7:00 PM ET LSU Vanderbilt SEC Network+
20-May 7:00 PM ET LSU Vanderbilt SEC Network+
21-May 3:00 PM ET LSU Vanderbilt SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 10 J’Ville St 8 ESPN+
19-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 J’Ville St 2 ESPN+
20-Feb 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 J’Ville St 1 ESPN+
22-Feb 4:00 PM ET SE Missouri St PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network +
25-Feb 4:00 PM ET W Michigan 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
26-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 12 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
27-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 5 Kentucky 16 SEC Network+
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Western KY 7 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
2-Mar 4:00 PM ET Evansville 4 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
4-Mar 4:00 PM ET TCU 11 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
5-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU 12 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
6-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET Murray State 1 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
9-Mar 4:00 PM ET Ohio 9 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 5 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
12-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
13-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 4 SEC Network+
15-Mar 5:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Indiana 20
18-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Arkansas 6 SEC Network+
19-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 9 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
20-Mar 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
22-Mar 6:30 PM ET Morehead State 5 Kentucky 7 SEC Network+
25-Mar TBA Georgia 4 Kentucky 2 SEC Network+
26-Mar TBA Georgia 8 Kentucky 10 SEC Network+
27-Mar 12:00 PM ET Georgia 5 Kentucky 18 SEC Network
29-Mar 6:30 PM ET E Kentucky 6 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
1-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
2-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
3-Apr 1:00 PM ET Ole Miss 10 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Louisville PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
7-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 2 Texas A&M 3 ESPNU
8-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 7 Texas A&M 3 SEC Network+
9-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 3 Texas A&M 17 SEC Network
12-Apr 6:30 PM ET Bellarmine 1 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
14-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 Missouri 6 ESPNU
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 4 Missouri 9 SEC Network+
16-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 Missouri 10 SEC Network
19-Apr 5:00 PM ET Kentucky Louisville ACC Network
22-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
23-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Kentucky SEC Network+
26-Apr 6:30 PM ET Dayton Kentucky SEC Network+
29-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network+
30-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network+
1-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky Florida SEC Network
5-May 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network
6-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
7-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
10-May 6:30 PM ET UT Martin Kentucky SEC Network+
13-May TBA Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network+
14-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network
15-May TBA Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Tennessee Tech Kentucky SEC Network+
19-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
20-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
21-May 2:00 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Series Prediction

Vanderbilt has won 10 of the last 11 series, including the last three, to improve its overall series lead to 20-9 since 1992. The Commodores recorded back-to-back sweeps in 2018-19 during the current three-series win streak. Kentucky’s last series win came in 2017 in Lexington, while its last sweep came in 2000 in Nashville. Vanderbilt is 10-4 in its last 14 series in Lexington.

Vanderbilt is 7-8 in the SEC standings for the first time since 2017. The Commodores are looking to break a four-conference road series losing streak dating back to last year. After starting 4-6, Vanderbilt is 3-2 over its last five conference games.

Kentucky seeks to snap a three series losing streak. The Wildcats defeated Georgia in week two for their lone series win this season. They are 5-6 since starting 0-4 in league action. After going 12-3 in SEC home series between 2016-18, UK is 3-10 the last three seasons. (Source: SEC)

Vanderbilt hobbled some after their opening SEC series against Missouri, but they look like the are starting to get things going after a near sweep of Florida. But Kentucky is dangerous and might still this series if the Commodores show up too overconfident.

Vanderbilt 2 wins, Kentucky 1 win

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