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Vanderbilt Welcomes Big XII Team For Graduation, Baseball

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I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah.

Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Championship Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Vanderbilt takes a one week break from the grind that is SEC baseball to welcome The Missourah Tigers (33-16; 12-11-1 SEC Big XII) for the penultimate three game series of the regular season. Though we currently have the #1 ranked strength of schedule in the RPI, our non-conference schedule is just 33rd in the nation, so scheduling the #20 RPI Missourah Tigers should help in that regard.

Further, Missourah is coming off a 2-1 series victory over The Chuggers, so Vanderbilt needs to win this to help the SEC win the 2019 SEC/Big XII Challenge.

Like most Missourah Tigers teams we refuse to recognize, they are demons on the mound with the #1 Team ERA in conference play (3.02 ERA) and are limiting SEC hitters to a .220 batting average (only bested by UGA’s .200 b/avg). Let’s just say I’m pretty confident those numbers will be higher by Sunday after three games against Martin, Bleday, and the boys.

*Note: I’m not sure how this was possible, but Missourah has already played 24 games against SEC teams this year. Keep that up, and they’re liable to get kicked out of the Big XII.

Vanderbilt is coming off a win in Louisville—our 12th win in a row—and I can neither confirm nor deny whether the Barrel we brought home has any bourbon left in it, nor whether VandyImport and I have basically been Alex Ovechkin since Tuesday, nor whether these two bachelorettes approve of our alleged rampage.

On top of all of that, today is graduation, and eight of our Diamond Dores got that paper.

On the Mound

FRIDAY 6:30pm CT SECN+: Jr. RHP Drake “Safari Planet” Fellows (9-0, 4.35 ERA) vs. Jr. LHP Jacob “The Archbishop” Cantleberry (4-3, 4.41 ERA)

SATURDAY 11am CT SECN+: Fr. RHP Kumar “White Castle” Rocker (6-4, 4.36 ERA) vs. Jr. LHP TJ “Vai Sikahema” Sikkema (6-3, 1.22 ERA)

SUNDAY 12pm CT SECN+: Sr. RHP Patrick “Mad Dog” Raby (8-1, 2.51 ERA) vs. TBA

The Lineup

See you in the comments.