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Commodores go to Plainsman Park for key series

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If Vanderbilt is going to host a regional, it needs to start winning now.

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The latest bracket projections at D1baseball.com have Vanderbilt as the 2-seed in the Norwich Regional hosted by UConn. That’s a disappointment for a program that was ranked in the top 10 just a couple of weeks ago.

Vanderbilt’s recent slide — dropping 4 of 6 in weekend series against Missouri and South Carolina, as well as a midweek loss to Louisville — have the Commodores needing quite a lot to go right over the remainder of the season to host a regional at Hawkins Field next month. An 11-10 SEC record hurts a lot less than a 25-19 overall record; those midweek losses to the likes of Eastern Kentucky, Belmont, Lipscomb, and Middle Tennessee are coming back to bite them.

So what better way to improve your odds of hosting than a road series against the #6 team in the RPI? Auburn is 31-14 overall, but 10-11 in the SEC. This should be a winnable series in Plainsman Park.

On Friday night, sophomore righthander Drake Fellows (4-3, 3.62) will go against Auburn’s Casey Mize (8-2, 2.40) in a game that starts at 6:00 PM CT. Saturday, Patrick Raby (3-4, 2.41) goes against Tanner Burns (3-4, 2.62) at 2 PM CT. In the finale, Auburn hasn’t announced a starting pitcher, but Mason Hickman (7-1, 3.78) will go for Vanderbilt. Sunday’s game will start at 1:00 PM CT. All three games will be televised on the SEC Network+.