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Week One Series Preview: Vanderbilt vs. Wright State

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A little later than we wanted, but Vanderbilt Baseball begins their title defense tonight (we think... darn snow making everything difficult).

College World Series - Michigan v Vanderbilt - Game Three
Just wanted to remind you that we are STILL defending champs.
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At long last, Vanderbilt baseball returns (we think) to The Hawk to continue their title defense. Technically, we’re still National Champions. Might as well begin the run to Omaha tonight against the Wright State Freds.

Week One (2/19-2/21 umm... Double Header on Monday... we think): vs. Wright State

2020 Record: 6-9 (nice). The Wright State Fregs Dog Raiders played a brutal 2020 OOC Schedule, facing Clanga thrice, The Chuggers thrice, Auburn thrice, and even Louisville once. They went 3-8 against those teams (beating Louisville and taking 2 out of 3 from The Chuggers), which means our boys should not take them lightly.

Player to Watch: #23 C Sr. Konner “The Plate” Piotto. The senior backstop from Abootsford, British Columbia, CA (not even kidding... a Canadian from a place named “Aboot Town;” damn, you’ve got to love baseball), absolutely raked in 2020s Covid-shortened season, putting up a .333/.417/.452 slash line with 5 2Bs. The dude even went 3-3 on the base paths. Though “The Plate” was a senior last year, he chose to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, so we’ll have to reckon with him.

*Note: #10 OF RS Jr. Quincy Hamilton was not going to give away his shot at additional eligibility, either. He’s really the only other Wright State Dog Raider we have to worry about at the plate.

Confidence Level: High.

Here were our Probable Pitching Match-Ups Earlier This Week

Friday February 19:

Vanderbilt Jr. RHP Kumar “White Castle” Rocker (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

vs. Wright State Jr. RHP Jake “The Cincinnati Kid” Schrand (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday February 20:

Vanderbilt So. RHP Jack “Leits Out” Leiter (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

vs. Wright State RS Sr. RHP Austin “Patsy” Cline (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sunday February 21:

Vanderbilt So. RHP Thomas “The Mayor” Schultz (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

vs. Wright State So. RHP Bradley “Double B” Brehmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Current Pitching Match-Ups

Monday February 22nd ¯\_(ツ)_/¯pm CT SECN+

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Monday February 22nd ¯\_(ツ)_/¯pm CT SECN+

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Snow done messed everything up, including when we will play on Monday and whether or not it will be a double header. Will Corbs still go with Rocker today, and then Leiter and Schultz tomorrow? Will he prefer to keep Rocker on track to start next Friday? Will this mean he messes with the rotation, or simply pulls his starters after 4 IP? All of this is impossible to know at the moment. Will update as soon as I know.

See you in the comments for our season opener tonight (knocks on wood). Will update with lineups, pitching matchups, and my thoughts on both as soon as I know.