Due to the threat of inclement weather, first pitch for the No. 5 Louisville baseball team’s annual Battle of the Barrel matchup against No. 7 Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee has been changed to 5 p.m., ET. The game will now be televised on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Chris Burke on the call. Radio coverage of the game will begin on 1450 WXVW and transition to 93.9 The Ville at 6 p.m.
The fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team plays the fourth of seven consecutive games against nationally ranked opponents with a midweek trip to SEC foe Vanderbilt in the annual Battle of the Barrel on Tuesday at 5 p.m., ET at Hawkins Field. The game, originally slated for 7 p.m., but adjusted due to the threat of inclement weather, will be televised on ESPNU. Radio coverage of the game will begin on 1450 WXVW and transition to 93.9 The Ville at 6 p.m. Live stats for all Louisville baseball games are available at GoCards.com.
GAME DAY INFORMATION
#5 Louisville at #7 Vanderbilt
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Hawkins Field (3,700)
Twitter Updates: @UofLBaseball
Series History: Louisville trails 24-7 all-time
Game Notes: Louisville | Vanderbilt
Louisville, ranked as high as high as No. 5 this week in the USA Today coaches poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, won its first road series of the season taking two of three games at No. 17 North Carolina last weekend in Chapel Hill. With two weeks of ACC action remaining, the Cardinals are second in the Atlantic Division with a 16-8 record, while Florida State paces the way at 14-6. On the mound, Louisville has matched a school record with 10 shutouts (No. 3 nationally) while allowing two or fewer earned runs in 27 of its 48 outings. Entering the week, the pitching staff was ranked fifth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.09) and was ninth in ERA (2.78). Offensively, the Cardinals were fourth nationally with a .327 average, eighth in on-base percentage (.410) and 13th in scoring (7.9 runs per game).
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Vanderbilt enters the week at 36-12 overall and 14-10 in the SEC after dropping two of three on the road at Texas A&M last weekend. Guided by head coach Tim Corbin, in his 14th season at Vanderbilt, the Commodores were 51-21 overall last season and finished first in the SEC and second in the league overall with a 20-10 record. Vanderbilt advanced to the College World Series Finals for the second straight season before falling to Virginia in the three-game series.
Louisville is 24-7 all-time against Vanderbilt in a series dating back to 1971. The Cardinals have dropped each of the last two games against the Commodores, but are riding a three-game winning streak at Hawkins Field. Since 2012, the winner of the annual game controls the Battle of the Barrel trophy, which signifies Kentucky’s history as a bourbon-making state and Tennessee’s history as a whiskey-making state. The teams have also met in the NCAA Championship in four of the last seven seasons — 2009 and 2010 Regionals in Louisville, 2013 Super Regional in Nashville and 2014 College World Series in Omaha.
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