The Florida Gators will be on the road for the first time since February 26th when they played the Jacksonville Dolphins. This will also be Florida’s first SEC road trip of the season and it will be against one of the top programs in the country. The Vanderbilt Commodores will play host for the Florida Gators for a three-game series. Last season, the Florida Gators swept the Commodores in a three-game weekend series at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. The Gators hold a 140-74-1 record against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Here is the series preview between the Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are home for the first time in SEC play of the 2019 season. The Vanderbilt Commodores will be led by their head coach Tim Corbin who is in his 17th season at the helm of the Vanderbilt baseball program. Corbin has led the Commodores to one national championship and has a 681-342-1 win-loss record at Vandy. The Commodores will also be led by their elite pitching staff. Senior Patrick Raby has been Vandy’s top arm so far this season. Raby has a 3-0 record with a team-best 0.70 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Drake Fellows will get the ball for the Commodores as he has a 4-0 record with a 4.88 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched. Other Vanderbilt pitchers to watch for are Tyler Brown, Mason Hickman, Kumar Rocker and Ethan Smith.
At the plate, the Vanderbilt Commodores have also had some success, as they have a .317 team batting average. Vandy also has a .896 team OPS which ranks in the top three in the SEC. The Commodores also have two hitters batting over .400 with Austin Martin and Ethan Paul. Austin Martin is batting .435 with two doubles, three triples, two home runs and a 1.179 OPS. Ethan Paul is also batting .405 with six doubles, three home runs, 28 RBIs and a 1.041 OPS. Other Vanderbilt hitters to watch for are Stephen Scott, JJ Bleday, Harrison Ray and Cooper Davis.
The Florida Gators will look to have a success against the Vanderbilt Commodores in their first road trip. The Gators will be led by their skipper Kevin O’Sullivan who’s in his 12th season as the head coach. Florida will look to their pitching staff as they hope to have more success out of bullpen this weekend. Tommy Mace and Jack Leftwich have been solid to start the season and Tyler Dyson have started to figure it out on the mound. All three weekend starting pitchers have an ERA under a four. Jack Leftwich has a 4-1 record with a 3.29 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Tommy Mace has a 3.69 ERA with a 4-1 record and 25 strikeouts. Other Florida pitchers to watch for are Nolan Crisp, Hunter Ruth, Christian Scott, Kris Armstrong and Jordan Butler.
The Florida Gators offense has turned things around since the Miami Hurricanes series, a few weeks ago. Their offense still stalled against the Mississippi State Bulldogs which has one of the team ERAs in the country. The Gators have counted on some of their freshman to contributor at the dish. Kendrick Calilao has been huge for the Gators as he batting .346 with two triples, three home runs and 28 RBIs. Jacob Young has surprise a lot of people as he’s been tearing the cover off the ball batting .403 with two doubles, two home runs and a .981 OPS. Nelson Maldonado has been on fire for the Gators as he’s batting .393 with nine doubles, three home runs and a 1.095 OPS. Other Florida hitters to watch for are Brady McConnell, Jud Fabian, Cory Acton, Wil Dalton and Brady Smith.