2013 Nashville Super Regional

(capsules compiled by Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton, Zachary Kerr)

 

1. Vanderbilt Commodores

Nashville, Tennessee

At-large bid from SEC

2013 record: 26-3, 54-10 (first in SEC East)

Head coach: Tim Corbin (Ohio Wesleyan, 1984)

Record at school: 465-227, 11 years

Overall record: 571-365, 16 years

Assistant coaches: Scott Brown, Travis Jewett, Larry Day

Team offense: .317 BA, 455 R, 40 HR, .446 SLG%, .410 OB%, 132-168 SB

Team pitching: 2.74 ERA, 579 IP, 456 H, 250 BB, 511 K

Top hitters: Tony Kemp (.398/0/33/13 2B/32-46 SB), Xavier Turner (.324/0/36/20-25 SB), Mike Yastrzemski (.322/3/43/19 2B/19-26 SB), Conrad Gregor (.314/3/47/14 2B/21-24 SB), Connor Harrell (.313/12/66/12 2B)

Top pitchers: Brian Miller (5-2, 16 SV, 1.47, 55 IP, 36 H, 10 BB, 46 K), Kevin Ziomek (11-2, 1.92, 112.1 IP, 74 H, 38 BB, 111 K), Tyler Beede (14-0, 2.20, 98.1 IP, 59 H, 60 BB, 101 K), Walker Buehler (4-3, 1 SV, 3.14, 63 IP, 64 H, 25 BB, 57 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2012 (2-2 at Raleigh Regional)

Notes: The Commodores are in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year. Vanderbilt made its first College World Series appearance in 2011. The Commodores are hosting a regional for the third time. Vandy reached the championship game of the SEC Tournament, falling 5-4 in 11 innings to LSU. The Commodores have played in the title game for three straight seasons and seven times in 10 trips under Tim Corbin. Corbin was an assistant at Clemson before turning Vandy into a national power. He also spent time as a head coach at Presbyterian, starting that program from scratch. Vanderbilt is fourth in the country in hits (688) and steals (132), fifth in runs (455), sixth in on-base percentage (.410) and batting average (.317). The Commodores are seventh in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.09). Taylor Beede was a first-round pick (21st overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 Draft. Beede leads the nation with 14 victories and is fourth in hits per nine innings (5.40). Tony Kemp is second in the country with 102 hits and eighth with a batting average of .398. Mike Yastrzemski is the grandson of Red Sox HOFer Carl Yastrzemski. Kevin Ziomek was taken in the second round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers with the 58th overall pick.

 

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville, Kentucky

At-large bid from Big East

2013 record: 49-12, 20-4 (first place Big East)

Head coach: Dan McDonnell (The Citadel, 1992)

Record at school: 307-140, 7 years

Overall record: same

Assistant coaches: Chris Lemonis, Roger Williams, Kyle Cheesebrough

Team offense: .292 BA, 393 R, 29 HR, .407 SLG%, .383 OBP, 147-189 SB

Team pitching: 2.53 ERA, 554.2 IP, 424 H, 203 BB, 591 K

Top hitters: Ty Young(.349/4/57/26-31 SB), Jeff Gardner (.340/9/43), Coco Johnson (.332/8/50/21-30 SB), Cole Sturgeon (.330/1/33), Sutton Whiting (.314/1/29), Nick Ratajczak (.287/2/34), Adam Engel (.236/1/26/40-52 SB).

Top pitchers: Nick Burdi (3-3, 15 SV, 0.83 ERA, 32.2 IP, 23 H, 11 BB, 59 K), Cody Ege (4-1, 1.26 ERA, 28.2 IP, 9 H, 7 BB, 44 K), Anthony Kidston (5-0, 1.31 ERA, 48 IP, 25 H, 22 BB, 58 K), Jeff Thompson (10-1, 2.06 ERA, 96.1 IP, 57 H, 31 BB, 100 K), Chad Green (10-3, 2.22 ERA, 97.1 IP, 88 H, 21 BB, 70 K), Kyle Funkhouser (5-1, 2.25 ERA, 52 IP, 41 H, 23 BB, 51 K), Kyle McGrath (6-1, 2.30 ERA, 47 IP, 33 H, 15 BB, 48 K), Dace Kime (5-1, 3.14 ERA, 66 IP, 63 H, 20 BB, 79 K).

Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (2-2 at Tucson Regional)

Notes: The Cardinals swept through the Louisville Regional, allowing 10 runs in their three wins. Louisville has won 19 of 21 – its two losses came back-to-back in the Big East Tournament. Coco Johnson was named the Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after hitting .455 with two homers and six RBI. The Cardinals are in the Super Regionals for the third time in coach Dan McDonnell’s seven years – they reached the College World Series in 2007 in his first year. Under McDonnell (CBI Feature), the Cardinals have averaged 43.8 wins per season and made the NCAA tourney in six of seven years. He played with ETSU coach Tony Skole on The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team. The Cardinals are loaded with arms and ranked fifth in the country in ERA (2.53), first in Ks per nine innings (9.6), third in hits per nine innings (6.88) and seventh in WHIP (1.13). Opponents hit only .213 off the Cardinals, including .173 off starter Jeff Thompson (10-1) and .195 off closer Nick Burdi (0.83 ERA). Thompson is third in the country in hits allowed per nine (5.33). Jeff Gardner is 17th in the nation in slugging (.654). Ty Young and Johnson also provide some pop, and Louisville loves to run: Adam Engel finished third in the nation in stolen bases, and as a team, the Cardinals ranked third. For the most part, Louisville puts the ball in play (only 4 Ks per game) and ranks fourth in the nation with 120 hit-by-pitches (they were hit by seven pitches during the Regional). Nick Ratajczak is the toughest batter to strike out in the nation with one K every 29.6 at-bats.