- Time: 6:30 pm EST
- Where: Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville, KY
- Radio: WNDA 1570 AM
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Starting Pitchers: UofL: LHP Kyle McGrath (5-0, 1.16 ERA)
Vandy: RHP RHP Walker Buehler (2-1, 2.76 ERA)
- You can follow me for updates, but the @uoflbaseball twitter page will be much more reliable.
Tonight at 6:30 begins a 5-game homestand for the Louisville Cardinals Baseball team, tonight’s game being the Battle of the Barrel, a game that was started last season between Louisville and Vanderbilt University (three of the remaining games are against Georgetown, while the final game of the homestand is against WKU). As most all Louisville baseball fans know, this year has just been a great one for the Cards, poised to be one of the best seasons in school history (I think many will still say 2010’s team with 50 wins was better…for now). Tonight, the Cards, after suffering two close and consecutive losses to St. John’s in Queens, will face one of the best teams in the nation, the No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. This season has been superb for Vandy, after amassing 35 wins in 41 games, including posting a 16-2 record in the extremely tough SEC.
KEYS TO VICTORY:
- Louisville will definitely need to be aware of Xavier Turner this game, meaning they will need to be on their pitching and defensive A-game against the freshman. Turner is sitting on a 13-game hit streak right now, and looks to not have that end anytime soon. Not to mention the fact that once he gets on base, that he, as well as the Commodores (the 5th-best stealing team in the nation), are liable to run all over the place. It’ll mean that Louisville will sure need to be watching for any signs of steals, because they’re going to happen.
- Louisville will need to make sure they don’t fall down early. In so many recent games for the Cards, Louisville has been able to pull games out of nowhere, always seeming to have some eighth or ninth inning magic somewhere up their sleeves. If they get down tonight, however, that will not be the case. Vanderbilt has one of the best closers in the country in Brian Miller. If the Cards do manage to be down on the scoreboard headed into the ninth, you can almost be certain they won’t be winning.
- Vandy won the Inaugural Battle for the Barrel last year in Nashville, 3-2.
Vandy really has ALWAYS had Louisville’s number; the Cards are 4-21 all-time against the Commodores.Kind of a demoralizing stat there. Probably should redact that!
- Louisville is ranked No.11 at the moment; that’s sad/impressive since this is the first time all year that they’ve been outside of the top 10.
- Cards are 21-3 whenever a right-handed pitcher is against them, meaning history could be on the Cards’ side tonight!