NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University baseball takes on No. 5 Vanderbilt Tuesday evening. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds.
Belmont is off to a good start in the young 2019 season. After a bit of a slow start, the Bruins have hit a stride as of late. Belmont is 6-2 in its last eight games. The Bruins are coming off a hard-fought series sweep of UT Martin and will look to bring that momentum into Tuesday's matchup.
Junior Hagan Severance (Brentwood, Tenn.) and senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) have heated up in the last few games after a slow start to the 2019 campaign. This week, Severance notched six hits for a batting average of .429. He struck out only once in 14 at-bats and had an on base percentage of .500 in addition to his 11 putouts in center field. Gardner has notched 13 of his 17 hits in the last nine game. This past week he notched six hits in 15 at-bats.
Sophomore Jackson Campbell cranked out two homers in week two's midweek game against SIU. His solo shot in the fourth and two-run long ball in the eighth marked Belmont's first and second home runs of the season. He sent another one over the fence last weekend against More- head State. Campbell has hit three of BU's six home runs of the season, all over the left field fence. Last week, three Bruins, Hagan Severance, Logan Jarvis and Tommy Crider, notched their first career long balls.
Belmont and Vanderbilt are no strangers, with the series dating back all the way to 1962. Belmont defeated in the Commodores 11-4 in the first ever meeting. Vanderbilt, however, leads the all-time series 61-15. Last season, BU defeated Vanderbilt 8-5 at First Tennessee Park in a midweek matchup. Vanderbilt has been ranked atop the nation for the first few weeks of the season, but fell to No. 5 after dropping a series at Texas A&M last weekend.
Live stats and an audio stream will be available online via www.belmontbruins.com. Fans can follow @belmontbaseball on twitter for updates throughout the game.