Vandy’s dandy up first

Posted: April 18, 2014 at 2:41 a.m.

Tyler Beede. Vanderbilt hosts LSU at Hawkins Field on March 14, 2014. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt University)

One first-round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft didn’t sign professionally.

Friday's Ticket


WHEN 6:35 p.m.

WHERE Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

RECORDS Arkansas 23-15, 7-8 SEC; Vanderbilt 28-10, 7-8 SEC

RANKINGS Vanderbilt is ranked No. 12 by USA Today, No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 18 by Baseball America. Arkansas is not ranked.

SERIES Arkansas leads 27-22

PITCHING MATCHUP Vanderbilt: Tyler Beede (RHP 5-4, 3.23 ERA). Arkansas: Trey Killian (1-6, 3.00 ERA).

SHORT HOPS Arkansas and Vanderbilt are playing for the first time since 2011, when the Commodores went 3-1 against the Razorbacks, winning 2 of 3 in Fayetteville and winning a matchup in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. … Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.36 ERA) will start for Arkansas on Saturday and Chris Oliver (4-3, 2.41 ERA) will start Sunday. … Saturday’s game is being televised by Cox Sports and Sunday’s game is being televised by ESPN. … The Razorbacks will wear camouflage hats Saturday for Military Appreciation Day. The first 500 fans will receive camouflage hats.

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Sports, Pages 23 on 04/18/2014