The Tennessee Volunteers (22-18, 5-14 SEC) and theVanderbilt Commodores (36-5, 15-4 SEC) will continue their three-game series onSaturday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be broadcast of CSSand first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.The series started on Friday with the Commodores scoringeight runs in the final three innings to beat the Volunteers 10-1.Tennessee will send redshirt freshman Jon Reed to the moundon Saturday. Reed is a 6-foot-2-inch right-hander with a 1-1 record and a 4.11ERA. In his last outing, Reed allowed just one hit through 4 23 inningsagainst the University of Georgia. Vanderbilt will counter with left-handed pitcher GraysonGarvin. The 6-foot-5-inch junior pitcher has a win in each of his last sixstarts, and on the season is 8-1 with a 2.32 ERA. Garvin ranks fourth in theSEC, holding opposing batters to a .202 batting average. Hes also No. 5 in theconference with 61 strikeouts.Tennessee has won three of its last five series againstVanderbilt, going all the way back to 2006. For that streak to remain intact,the Volunteers will need to take the last two games of the weekend.When Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Espositowent 2-for-4 on Friday, he extended his hitting streak to 22 games. During thatspan hes hitting .372 (32-for-86) with 21 runs batting in.The Vanderbilt pitching staff entered theweekend with the most strikeouts of any team in the SEC. With their additioneight tallied on Friday, Vanderbilts total is now 374 for the season.In his last 16 games, Vanderbilt right fielderMike Yastremski has 20 RBI and at least one in 13 of those 16 games. Hes alsoscored 14 runs in his last 12 games.Tennessee freshman center fielder Andrew Tolesstole his 18th base on Friday and is quickly climbing the all-timeVolunteer chart for stolen bases by a freshman. He currently ranks fifth onthat all-time Tennessee list for freshmen. With one more swipe, Toles will moveinto a tie with Chris Burke at 19. Toles also ranks fifth in the SEC in stolenbases.Senior second baseman Khayyan Norfolk, for theVolunteers, is leading the SEC with 25 stolen bases. His success rate on thebasepaths is directly tied with his ability to get on base. Norfolk ranks fifthin the SEC in batting average and fourth in on-base percentage.The Volunteers have only won three of their last15 games, a dismal record that dates back to April 1. Tennessee was 19-6between February and March, but is 3-12 in April.Tennessee leads the all-time series overVanderbilt, 167-140-2. The two teams first met in 1897.
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April 30, 2011, 7:14 pm