April 12, 2012

Previewing Vanderbilt vs. Auburn

Auburn Tigers (18-14, 6-6 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (14-19, 4-8)


When: Friday, 6 p.m. CST; Saturday, 2 p.m, CST; Sunday, 1 p.m. CST


Where: Hawkins Field, Nashville, Tenn.


Park dimensions: 310 to left (with a 35-foot wall), 400 to center, 330 to right, 375 to the
alleys


Park factor, 2008-11: 104


TV: Friday's game is on CSS and ESPN3.com


Radio: Nashville: 560 AM


Rankings: Neither team is ranked


Warren Nolan RPI: Vanderbilt 52, Auburn 43


Series record: Auburn leads 91-51-1, but VU has won the last four series and six of the last
seven.






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VANDERBILT STARTING
LINEUP
AUBURN STARTING
LINEUP
Bt.PlayerAvg.HRRBIOB%SL%Pos.Bt.PlayerAvg.HRRBIOB%SL%
RSpencer Navin.320111.402.437CRBlake Austin.25818.343.402
LConrad Gregor.307022.394.3901BRGarrett Cooper.333219.434.435
LRiley Reynolds.220111.242.3192BREric Payne.333018.397.411
RVince Conde.196215.263.3143BRJustin Bryant.29428.357.431
RAnthony Gomez.356030.416.386SSRDan Glevenyak.333117.400.417
LTony Kemp.288122.390.424LFLCullen Wacker.309119.409.364
RJohn Norwood.22716.233.364CFLEvan Marzilli.395218.487.540
RMike Yastrzemski.305322.429.424RFLGonzalez, Jay.273017.384.388
RChris Harvey.23606.283.327DHRZach Alvord.291321.351.417
VANDERBILT
ROTATION
AUBURN ROTATIONb>
Th.PlayerERAW-LIPBBKDayTh.PlayerERAW-LIPBBK
RT.J. Pecoraro2.450-07.137Fri.RDerek Varnadore4.931-449.11436
RTyler Beede4.791-335.21038Sat.RJon Luke Jacobs2.534-0321135
LKevin Ziomek5.492-6411741Sun.LDaniel Koger2.032-248.21527


About the Tigers

Auburn is trying to rally under head coach John Pawlowski, who took over the struggling Tiger program three years ago. Pawlowski, who played and coached at Clemson (with Tim Corbin) had Auburn ranked 23rd in the nation until getting swept by arch-rival Alabama last weekend.



Up to last weekend, it appeared that Auburn was well on its way to challenging for the SEC West crown. The Tigers had already taken two of three games from LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. But the Tigers have not yet played an SEC East school, which of course includes South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt - which finished 1, 2 and 3 in the nation last year.



The sweep by Alabama was punctuated by a 4-3 loss in which Taylor Dugas hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the win.




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