Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday baseball update- 6:55 p.m. CT start

By Travis Young - Here is Vanderbilt's starting lineup for Friday night's game against Tennessee at Hawkins Field. The game is about ready to get underway after a 55-minute rain delay. The Vanderbilt players and coaching staff worked diligently with the grounds crew to get the field in playing condition.

Weather Report from Hawkins Field:, Mostly Cloudy, 73 degrees. Winds blowing from south to southeast up to 7 mph.

Vanderbilt Lineup
1. Brian Harris SS
2. Riley Reynolds 2B
3. Steven Liddle RF
4. Curt Casali 1B
5. Aaron Westlake DH
6. Andrew Giobbi C
7. Joe Loftus LF
8. Jason Esposito 3B
9. Jonathan White CF
SP: Mike Minor (5-4, 3.72 ERA)

Tennessee's starting pitcher Jeff Lockwood (0-0, 4.64 ERA) has appeared in 33 games for the Vols this season. On the mound, Lockwood has pitched out of the bullpen for most of the season while making his only starts of the season against Ohio and Arkansas (4/26). The 5-11, lefthander has 11 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21.1 innings of work.

Vanderbilt is 15-6 against Tennessee under head coach Tim Corbin. The Commodores lead the series 46-41 in games played in Nashville.

The Commodores look to even the series up at one game a piece tonight as they will send staff-ace Mike Minor to the mound. Minor is coming off a sensational complete-game 12-strikeout outing against Georgia last Saturday (5/9). The southpaw leads the 'Dores in strikeouts (91) and innings pitched (82.1). Minor has struck out at least 10 batters in five of his last eight starts, including a career-high 13 against Mississippi State on April 24.

Fans can follow tonight's action on, including live stats and twitter updates. For live stats click here while for twitter updates click here.

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