Vandy takes on Cal State Fullerton this weekend in the DeMarini Classic in Nashville
Fresh off the announcement by Baseball America that Vandy has the #1 recruiting class in the country this year the Dores take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a 2 game series here at Hawkins Field. Game times are at 11:00 am both days.
I fully expect to see Kevin Ziomek take the hill to start the game on Saturday and the Sunday game should see either Will Clinard or Tyler Beede start things. You will also see a plethora of others on the mound including Sam Selman, Philip Pfeifer and sidewinder Brian Miller from Independence High School in Franklin, TN. The Dores will be led by Conrad Gregor at 1B or at DH and will also have Riley Reynolds at 2B, Anthony Gomez at SS and Vince Conde at 3B. Speedster Tony Kemp will anchor the outfield in CF or LF and will be joined by Connor Harrell and Mike Yastrzemski. Chris Harvey should be behind the plate for the Dores.
Cal State comes to Nashville with a highly regarded recruiting class led by JD Davis at 3B and pitcher and also we will see Austin Diemer in the outfield and Jose Cardona would play except for an injured patella tendon.
Michael Lorenzen is the leading hitter to return and he will be joined by Carlos Lopez and Austin Kingsolver. The Titans are a “small ball” team with little evidence of power from their 2011 statistics.
The lineup for the Titans will look as follows:
C: Jared Deacon (So., Elk Grove, Calif.) and Casey Watkins (Jr., Valencia, Calif.)
1B: Chad Wallach (So., Yorba Linda, Calif.), Carlos Lopez (Jr., Northridge, Calif.) and J.D. Davis (Fr., Elk Grove, Calif.)
2B: Matt Orloff (Jr., Simi Valley, Calif.) and Derek Legg (Sr., Murrieta, Calif.)
SS: Keegan Dale (So., Riverside, Calif.)
3B: Matt Chapman (Fr., Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), J.D. Davis (Fr., Elk Grove, Calif.) and Derek Legg (Sr., Murrieta, Calif.)
LF: Austin Kingsolver (Jr., Dana Point, Calif.)
CF: Michael Lorenzen (So., Anaheim, Calif.)
RF: Greg Velazquez (So., Fullerton, Calif.)
The Titans will start Dylan Floro on Saturday and will also throw JD Davis, and Christian Coronado. Sunday we will see Kenny Mathews, Grahamm Wiest and Koby Gauna. Bullpen arms for Cal State include Dimitri DeLaFuente, Willie Kuhl, Tyler Peitzmeier, Chad Wallach and Michael Lorenzen.
The Titans are coached by Rick Vanderhook and he is assisted by pitching coach Kirk Sarloos.