Vanderbilt-Louisville series will feature potent pitching pairs

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:25pm

Of the 16 teams left vying for a spot in the College World Series, 10 have pitchers with at least 10 wins.

Only one Super Regional features four double figure winners.

When Louisville and No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt square off this weekend, a quartet of hurlers will take the mound with a combined 45 wins this season.

The Cardinals will throw a pair of righties in Chad Green (10-3) and Big East Pitcher of the Year Jeff Thompson (10-1). Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede (14-0) and Kevin Ziomek (11-2) boast more wins than any teammates in the country.

Fifteen 10-game winners remain but the only other teams still in the hunt with multiple 10-game winners are Cal State Fullerton, Florida State and Oregon State.

Beede leads the nation in wins and on Tuesday was named one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which USA Baseball annually awards to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Sluggers Kris Bryant from San Diego and Colin Moran of North Carolina also made the final cut for the award, which be presented on July 19.

Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price is the only Vanderbilt player to win the Golden Spikes Award, earning the trophy in 2007.

The best-of-three series at Hawkins Field, which begins Saturday, should include plenty of heat.

Louisville (49-12) leads the country with 591 strikeouts. Vanderbilt (54-10) is tied for seventh with 511.

Three of the four starters rank in the top 35 in the country in strikeouts — Ziomek (111), Beede (101) and Thompson (100). Ziomek ranks 11th in the nation and is tied with LSU right-hander and Southeastern Pitcher of the Year Aaron Nola for the most strikeouts in the SEC.

The pitching staffs also rank in the top 15 in ERA (No. 5 Louisville, 2.53; No. 13 Vanderbilt, 2.74) and hits allowed per nine innings (No. 3 Louisville, 6.88; No. 7 Vanderbilt, 7.09).

The series also features two of the best closers in the country. Louisville sophomore Nick Burdi has posted a 0.83 ERA and 15 saves in 26 appearances. Vanderbilt sophomore Brian Miller (5-2, 1.47 ERA) added to his single-season school record with his 16th save of the year on Monday after throwing four no-hit innings in a regional championship win over Georgia Tech.

A look at the four 10-win pitchers in the Nashville Super Regional:

• Chad Green, junior, RHP, 6-4, 216 pounds, 10-3, 2.22 ERA, 16 starts, 97.1 IP, 70 K, 21 BB
• Jeff Thompson, junior, RHP, 6-6, 248 pounds, 10-1, 2.06 ERA, 15 starts, 96.1 IP, 100 K, 31 BB

• Tyler Beede, sophomore, RHP, 6-4, 215 pounds, 14-0, 2.20 ERA, 16 starts, 98.1 IP, 101 K, 60 BB
• Kevin Ziomek, junior, LHP, 6-3, 200 pounds, 11-2, 1.92 ERA, 16 starts, 3 CGs, 112.1 IP, 111 K, 38 BB

At Hawkins Field


Saturday, 2 p.m., ESPN
Sunday, 3 p.m., ESPN
Monday, 6 p.m., ESPN2 (if necessary)

4 Comments on this post:

By: joe41 on 6/5/13 at 7:20

Wow, what a series this will be. Go Vandy!

By: PKVol on 6/5/13 at 8:33

4Gold, when you comment on this post, I wanted to let you know your were in error in a comment you posted to a story yesterday.

As a three-sport Vandy Season Ticket Holder, an NCC member and a part-time Vanderbilt employee, calling me a 'typical Vol fan' is a little off-base. I am just able to tell the difference between the 'typical' Vandy fan I've encountered in my 25 years living in Nashville and a true Vanderbilt supporter.

By: 4gold on 6/6/13 at 7:07

PKVol, no true Vandy fan would have your web name. Hope you got infield seats. All the blue hairs decided to go to the Super and pushed me out.

I think Vandy got screwed in the early braket. While LSU and MS St. got sweet heart brackets. Vandy has to push through and it actually looks easier in Omaha. Go Dores.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: 4gold on 6/8/13 at 6:14

Louisvile has good recrod but the Big East only got two teams in the tournament and one of those was UCon with almost a .500 record. Dont know how that happened? UL didn't face the competition VU did. Go Dores, no upsets this weekend.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!