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Midweek Game Thread: vs. Indiana State Fightin’ Larry Bird’s Ridiculous Moustaches

Bryce Cunningham’s getting the start tonight. Do with that information what you will. 6pm CT SECN+.

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That’s right, it’s these guys again. We seemingly play them every year and then also play them in our Regional come tourney time. Here is my “Better Know a Regional Opponent” preview of the Staches from (checks notes) last year.

Record: 23-16, 8-7 in the Missourah Valley Conference. You know, unless they win the MVC tourney, we might actually not see them in the postseason this year.

Player to Watch: #20 RS Sr. OF Sean “Dress for Less” Ross (.377/.432/.652 with 16 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, and 34 RBI). Yeah... maybe pitch around that guy. Actually, this entire Stache Offense is productive, as they’re averaging close to 7 runs per game. Luckily, their pitchers give up nearly 6 runs per game (and their level of competition is not exactly great).

Anchor of Gold Tiger Beat Hottest Pitcher: #34 RS So. RHP Matt “The Jackalope” Jachec (7-1, 2.92 ERA). Of course, he’s their ace, so we won’t see him.

Instead, it’s likely a Johnny Wholestaff night for the Staches, as the guy who’s getting the ball (Brennyn Cutts) has appeared in 11 games, but started only 4. His season high is 6 IP, his 2nd best is 3 IP, and he recorded 23 of an inning in his last outing, likely because he put his balls on Dale’s drum set, and was injured in the subsequent fight.

Confidence Level: High.

On the Mound

Tuesday @ 6:00pm CT on SECN+

Vanderbilt #97 Fr. RHP Bryce “Big Richie” Cunningham (2-1, 3.95 ERA)

vs. Indiana State #37 Fr. RHP Brennyn “Utah Spelling of one of the Guys From Stepbrothers” Cutts (2-2, 7.45 ERA)

The Lineup

1 cf 51 Enrique Bradfield Jr L .301

2 3b 11 Davis Diaz R .241

3 rf 34 Spencer Jones L .364

4 c 12 Dominic Keegan R .398

5 dh 16 Jack Bulger R .280

6 lf 2 Javier Vaz L .271

7 2b 6 Tate Kolwyck R .275

8 1b 25 Parker Noland L .233

9 ss 9 Carter Young B .213

See you in the comments.