The Crimson Tide and Commodores will meet for the 153rd time in series history on Thursday night

5/17/2017

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field to close out the 2017 regular-season schedule from Thursday-Saturday. The Crimson Tide and Commodores are set for a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch in games one and two of the pairing before the series wraps up at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.

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Fans can follow the three-game series via the below outlets:

Watch: SEC Network+
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Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: VUCommodores.com

LEADING OFF

• Alabama and Vanderbilt will meet for the 153rd time on Thursday night in Nashville to start the three game series. The Crimson Tide holds the 92-58-2 all-time advantage in UA's longest-standing SEC pairing in program history that dates back to 1893 - Alabama baseball's second year in existence. The Tide holds a 27-24 advantage in games played in Nashville, but VU has won four of the last five series on their home turf.
• Vanderbilt welcomes the Crimson Tide to Nashville with a 31-21 record and a 13-13 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Commodores are coming off a 17-7 win over in-state foe Middle Tennessee on Tuesday evening at Hawkins Field. Vandy is 4-4-1 in SEC series this year and most recently fell, 1-2, to Arkansas this past weekend in Fayetteville.
• The Crimson Tide will feature a trio of right-handed starters for the three-game series in Nashville. Freshman Deacon Medders is scheduled to start Friday's series opener, his first SEC start of his collegiate career. On Saturday, the Tide will look to junior Jake Walters while the series finale will feature senior Nick Eicholtz.
• The Commodores have announced starters for the first two games of the series with Saturday's starter still to be announced. Sophomore right-hander Patrick Raby will get the nod in Thursday's opener before junior righty Kyle Wright takes the hill on Saturday.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

THURSDAY: UA – Deacon Medders (Fr., RHP) vs. VU – Patrick Raby (So., RHP)
FRIDAY: UA – Jake Walters (Jr., RHP) vs. VU – Kyle Wright (Jr., RHP)
SATURDAY: UA – Nick Eicholtz (Sr., RHP) vs. VU – TBA

SERIES HISTORY – VANDERBILT

• Alabama and Vanderbilt will meet for the 153rd time on Thursday night in Nashville to start the three-game set.
• The series between the Crimson Tide and Commodores is Alabama's longest-standing series against an SEC opponent, dating back to 1893 in the UA baseball program's second year in existence.
• Alabama holds the all-time advantage, 92-58-2, and is 27-24 in games played in Nashville.
• The most recent meetings between the two schools came in 2015 with all four games occurring in Hoover - three as part of a series from May 14-16 to close out the regular season and one in the 2015 SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt took the first two games of the series before the Tide claimed a victory on the final day of the regular season. The Commodores then eliminated the Crimson Tide from the conference's postseason tournament in the quarterfinal round of the week-long tourney.
• Taylor Guilbeau battled it out with eventual first-round pick Carson Fulmer in Thursday's series opener against Vandy. Guilbeau was rolling until two walks and a double in the sixth gave the Commodores the 2-1 lead. Alabama was unable to rally back against Fulmer as Vanderbilt came away with the win in game one by that same score.
• The Crimson Tide fell behind, 6-1, after two full innings of play and then would spend the rest of the evening battling back. Alabama narrowed the gap to 6-5, but a solo home run by the 'Dores in the eighth sealed the 7-5, series-clinching victory in game two of the three-game set.
• In the series finale, Alabama used a pack of four arms to hand Vanderbilt its first shutout loss of the season, 1-0. The Tide got a double from Cody Henry in the sixth to break the 0-0 tie, and then Thomas Burrows closed it out for UA with 1.2 scoreless innings of work to earn his sixth save of the regular season.
• Alabama's run ended in the tournament, as Vanderbilt put together an eight-run fourth inning to help secure the 16-1 victory in seven innings in the quarterfinals of the 2015 SEC Tournament. The Commodores tied an SEC Tournament record by recording eight doubles and posting 19 hits for 16 total runs in the seven-inning victory. Vandy scored 14 of its 16 runs with an eight-spot in the fourth and three runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings en route to advancing to the SEC semifinals.
• Alabama head coach Greg Goff has never faced Vanderbilt during his head coaching career.

ON DECK

Alabama will enter the offseason following the series in Nashville.


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