SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Vanderbilt

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NOTE: THIS SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Kentucky travels to Vanderbilt for a 3-game, Friday-Sunday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews the series and predicts the series winner.

John Rhodes of Kentucky
John Rhodes, Kentucky
Hawkins Field (3,700)
Hawkins Field (3,700)
Kumar Rocker
Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt

Series Schedule March 13-20

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

Team Statistical Comparison

Hitting

BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB CS SB
Kentucky 0.292 0.393 125 159 33 3 22 122 62 8 24
Vanderbilt 0.269 0.371 93 151 33 2 9 89 70 3 22

Pitching & Fielding

ERA K OBA H R ER BB 2B 3B HR F%
Kentucky 4.38 173 0.258 148 86 74 61 32 3 10 0.957
Vanderbilt 1.83 209 0.175 94 40 31 59 20 3 0.973

Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3b HR RBI BB SO SB
John Rhodes 0.411 0.476 0.661 1.137 11 23 9 1 1 16 2 5 1
Austin Schultz 0.393 0.479 0.754 1.233 20 24 5 1 5 20 8 12 5
T.J. Collett 0.313 0.375 0.625 1.000 13 20 5 0 5 17 5 11 0
Jaren Shelby 0.261 0.414 0.370 0.784 16 12 2 0 1 6 9 9 6
Oraj Anu 0.255 0.340 0.532 0.872 11 12 2 1 3 10 5 8 1
Coltyn Kessler 0.073 0.309 0.122 0.431 4 3 2 0 0 6 9 9 1

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player ERA IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Mason Hazelwood 1.64 22.0 13 8 4 7 27 0.167
Jimmy Ramsey 3.26 19.1 19 9 7 12 20 0.257

Vanderbilt Batting Leaders

Player AVG OBP SLG OPS R H 2B 3b HR RBI BB SO SB
Austin Martin 0.347 0.492 0.633 1.125 14 17 5 0 3 9 10 2 3
Cooper Davis 0.323 0.397 0.415 0.812 12 21 2 2 0 4 7 10 3
Ty Duvall 0.313 0.443 0.333 0.776 9 15 1 0 0 9 8 10 0
Carter Young 0.305 0.333 0.356 0.689 8 18 3 0 0 12 3 17 1
Isaiah Thomas 0.258 0.313 0.532 0.845 12 16 5 0 4 13 3 12 3
Parker Noland 0.255 0.323 0.309 0.632 7 14 3 0 0 11 7 12 2
Harrison Ray 0.220 0.333 0.305 0.638 8 13 2 0 1 11 9 18 8

Vanderbilt Pitching Leaders

Player ERA IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Mason Hickman 0.48 18.2 8 2 1 3 26 0.131
Jake Eder 3.60 20.0 20 9 8 9 27 0.260

NCAA RPI

Kentucky:

88

Vanderbilt:

58

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. B/T HT WT CL City ST
28 Oraj Anu OF R/R 6′-1″ 235 Jr. Orlando FL
6 Jaden Brown INF R/R 6′-1″ 190 Fr. Mississauga ON
51 Chase Bryan OF R/R 6′-0″ 205 Jr. White Hall AR
55 Tyler Burchett RHP R/R 6′-5″ 225 So. Airville PA
36 Ron Cole RHP R/R 6′-2″ 200 Fr. Neptune City NJ
34 Carson Coleman RHP R/R 6′-2″ 190 R-Jr. Lexington KY
5 T.J. Collett 1B L/R 6′-1″ 220 Sr. Terre Haute IN
43 Harrison Cook RHP R/R 6′-5″ 175 Fr. Solon IA
20 Braxton Cottongame LHP L/L 6′-3″ 205 So. Hazard KY
42 Elliott Curtis INF L/R 6′-0″ 205 Sr. Waterloo ON
9 Breydon Daniel INF/OF S/R 6′-1″ 210 Sr. Bixby OK
35 Cole Daniels LHP L/L 6′-1″ 240 So. Ann Arbor MI
31 Alex Degen RHP R/R 6′-8″ 200 So. Readington Township NJ
12 Chase Estep INF L/R 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Corbin KY
16 Will Gambino RHP R/R 6′-2″ 215 R-Fr. Westmont NJ
10 Matt Golda INF R/R 6′-0″ 190 Jr. Acushnet MA
7 Drew Grace INF R/R 6′-0″ 185 Fr. Orwigsburg PA
33 Trae Harmon DH/1B R/R 6′-4″ 245 So. Somerset KY
54 Daniel Harper RHP R/R 6′-4″ 225 Jr. Fairway KS
50 Mason Hazelwood LHP L/L 6′-5″ 205 Jr. Salvisa KY
37 Cam Hill OF L/R 5′-10″ 185 R-So. Georgetown KY
8 Tanner Holen C R/R 6′-0″ 190 Sr. Manhattan KS
13 Brendan Hord C R/R 5′-10″ 210 R-Fr. Lexington KY
3 Ben Jordan RHP R/R 6′-9″ 250 R-So. Olive Hill KY
25 Coltyn Kessler C/INF L/R 6′-2″ 220 Jr. High Ridge MO
48 Zack Lee RHP R/R 6′-4″ 200 Fr. Effingham IL
4 Zeke Lewis INF S/R 5′-9″ 165 R-Sr. Atlanta GA
11 Trip Lockhart RHP R/R 6′-3″ 190 Jr. Lexington KY
41 Alex Margot LHP L/L 6′-4″ 200 Fr. Collingwood NJ
22 Dillon Marsh LHP L/L 6′-1″ 220 So. Elizabethtown PA
23 Justin Olson IF/OF L/L 6′-2″ 235 R-Fr. Colorado Springs Co.
44 Jared Payne C R/R 6′-0″ 195 Fr. New Cumberland PA
38 Jimmy Ramsey RHP L/R 6′-9″ 250 Jr. Minnetonka MN
1 John Rhodes OF R/R 6′-0″ 200 Fr. Soddy Daisy TN
39 Hunter Rigsby RHP R/R 6′-4″ 220 So. Mount Vernon KY
2 Austin Schultz INF R/R 5′-9″ 190 So. Adams NE
30 Jaren Shelby OF R/R 5′-11″ 200 Sr. Lexington KY
49 Cole Stupp RHP R/R 6′-4″ 195 Fr. Milton GA
40 Brandon Sulzer RHP R/R 6′-2″ 205 R-Fr. Smithville MO
19 Jake Tate LHP L/L 6′-6″ 235 Fr. Louisville TN
46 Sam Wibbels RHP R/R 6′-1″ 205 Fr. Hastings NE

Vanderbilt Roster

No. Name Pos. B/T HT WT CL City ST
2 Harrison Ray IF L/R 5’11” 190 Sr. Longwood FL
3 Cooper Davis OF R/R 5’10” 185 Jr. Mississauga ON
5 CJ Rodriguez C R/R 5’10” 185 Fr. Newport Beach CA
6 Tate Kolwyck OF R/R 5’11” 185 So. Memphis TN
8 Isaiah Thomas OF S/R 6’2″ 190 So. Palm Beach Gardens FL
9 Carter Young IF R/R 6’0” 185 Fr. Selah WA
10 T.J. McKenzie IF L/R 6’1” 175 Fr. Loxahatchee FL
11 Matt Hogan OF R/R 6’0″ 190 So. Melville NY
12 Dominic Keegan UTL R/R 6’0″ 210 So. Methuen MA
16 Austin Martin UTL R/R 6’0″ 170 Jr. Jacksonville FL
18 Will Duff UTL L/R 5’11” 190 Fr. Springfield MO
19 Troy LaNeve OF L/R 6’0” 205 Fr. Pittsburgh PA
20 Ty Duvall C R/R 5’11” 190 Sr. Lebanon OH
21 Tyler Brown RHP R/R 6’4″ 242 Jr. Ashland OH
22 Jack Leiter RHP L/R 6’0” 195 Fr. Summit NJ
25 Parker Noland IF R/R 6’1” 195 Fr. Knoxville TN
27 Ethan Smith RHP R/R 6’3″ 200 So. Mt. Juliet TN
29 Nick Maldonado RHP R/R 6’1” 210 Fr. Short Hills NJ
30 Sterling Hayes IF R/L 6’1″ 190 Fr. San Diego CA
32 Hugh Fisher LHP R/R 6’5″ 185 Jr. Eads TN
33 Erik Kaiser RHP L/L 6’5″ 205 Jr. Waterloo IL
34 Spencer Jones UTL R/R 6’7” 215 Fr. Encinitas CA
35 Chris McElvain RHP L/L 6’1” 205 Fr. Thompson Station TN
39 Jake Eder LHP L/R 6″4″ 210 Jr. Ocean Ridge FL
40 Sam Hliboki RHP R/R 6’3” 200 Fr. Los Angeles CA
42 Justyn-Henry Malloy UTL L/R 6’2″ 210 So. Bergenfield NJ
43 Michael Doolin RHP R/R 6’3” 220 Fr. Schererville IN
44 Mason Hickman RHP R/R 6’6″ 230 Jr. Hendersonville TN
45 Chance Huff RHP L/L 6’4″ 210 So. Niceville FL
49 Ryan Keenan LHP R/R 5’10” 175 Fr. Lighthouse Point FL
50 Luke Murphy RHP L/R 6’5″ 175 R-Fr. Cross Plains TN
55 Maxwell Romero Jr. C R/R 6’1” 210 Fr. Miramar FL
66 Thomas Schultz RHP R/R 6’6” 215 Fr. Mount Carmel PA
80 Kumar Rocker RHP R/R 6’4″ 255 So. Athens GA
99 Jayson Gonzalez IF 6’2″ 205 Jr. Covina CA

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Prediction

Two old rivals open their conference slates in Nashville. Defending national champion Vanderbilt has played a schedule with a mixture of cupcakes and solid programs. They’ve gone out to the west coast and won 2 of 6 with losses to Michigan, Cal Poly, UCLA and USC, all by one run. The Commodores did defeat TCU in Los Angeles by 1 run. Kentucky’s played a fairly tough schedule. A good number of their opponents have winning records. The Cats opened the season being swept three games by top 5 TCU. Concerning was a 3-game sweep of UK at home by UNC Wilmington. Vanderbilt’s at the top of the league in pitching and in the bottom third at hitting. Kentucky is in the top third of the league batting wise and dead last pitching. Vandy has Kumar Rocker and Mason Hickman, two players who pitched well in the College World Series, both back. Vandy has obviously lost some hitting punch. John Rhodes is batting over .400 for the Cats. Vandy should win this series 2-1 and might very well sweep Kentucky.

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