Vanderbilt, Belmont add Tuesday baseball doubleheader

Monday, May 4, 2009 at 3:40pm

Vanderbilt and Belmont agreed to play a doubleheader beginning 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Field to help make up for rainouts each had with other schools earlier in the season. Both games will be seven innings.

The teams, who already have played twice this season, agreed to the games Monday afternoon. The Commodores won 11-4 at home on March 18, and the Bruins won 15-6 April 1 at Greer Stadium.

Schools are allowed to play a maximum of 56 regular-season games. Barring any more weather issues, Vanderbilt and Belmont now will play 55 each.

VU coach Tim Corbin tried last week to add a game with Georgia Tech, but that program declined.

“We need to play someone with a good RPI right now,” Corbin said. “That was pretty imperative. … Just the opportunity to play right now in a week where we’re not going to play again until Friday was much-needed.”

Vanderbilt’s current RPI is 47, and Belmont’s is 113.

Vanderbilt (27-20) was swept in a three-game weekend series at South Carolina. It lost a game April 12 at Arkansas to rain.

Belmont (26-23) lost two of three over the weekend to Lipscomb. It lost games to rain March 25 at Samford and March 31 at Austin Peay.

“They beat us handily at their place last time,” Corbin said. “They should be good ballgames.”