NASHVILLE REGIONAL AT A GLANCE
No. 1 Vanderbilt (No. 2 national seed)
Record: 51-9 (26-3 Southeastern Conference, regular-season champ)
Coach: Tim Corbin (11th year)
NCAA Tournament: 12th appearance (eighth straight)
Key player: Tony Kemp. SEC Player of the Year and Franklin native led the league with a .402 batting average, with 96 hits, 61 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Also has six triples and has driven in 33 runs from leadoff spot.
Interesting to note: Right-hander Tyler Beede leads the country with 14 wins. The sophomore has not lost this season in 15 starts.
No. 2 Georgia Tech
Record: 34-25 (15-15 Atlantic Coast Conference, fourth in Coastal Division)
Coach: Danny Hall (20th year)
NCAA Tournament: 29th appearance (sixth straight)
Key player: Daniel Palka. The junior is tied for fourth nationally with 17 home runs. The right fielder has also driven in 65 runs and is batting .332 and has pitched seven times, including 1.1 innings of no-hit relief last Friday in the ACC Tournament.
Locals on the diamond: Senior third baseman Sam Dove from Brentwood Academy (.283 batting average and 33 RBIs in 58 starts). Freshman left-hander Jonathan King (6-5 with 4.14 ERA in nine starts).
Record against Vanderbilt: 40-25-1 (last played in 2006)
No. 3 Illinois
Record: 34-18 (14-10 Big Ten Conference, tied for fifth)
Coach: Dan Hartleb (eighth year)
NCAA Tournament: Eighth appearance (first since 2011)
Key player: Justin Parr. Center fielder led the Big Ten with a .399 batting average and 87 hits. He also hit six home runs and drove in 51 runs. His twin brother, Jordan, plays right field.
Interesting to note: The Fightin’ Illini opened the season by losing two of three to Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles knocked off Vanderbilt in April and won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship but did not receive an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Record against Vanderbilt: 1-0 (last played in 1915)
No. 4 ETSU
Record: 36-22 (17-10 Atlantic Sun Conference, finished fourth but won league tournament)
Coach: Tony Skole (14th year)
NCAA Tournament: Third appearance (first since 1981)
Key player: Kerry Doane. Senior right-hander is 13-1 with a 1.99 ERA. He leads the country in complete games (12) and innings pitched (140). He pitched twice last weekend. On Sunday, he pitched nine innings on three days’ rest while battling symptoms of strep throat.
Locals on the diamond: Freshman right-hander Griffin Krieg from Father Ryan (2-5 with 7.66 ERA in 10 starts). Junior outfielder Daniel Tucker from Hendersonville (.267 batting average in 16 games and two starts).
Record against Vanderbilt: 0-3 (last played in 2003)
Game 1: No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Illinois, 1 p.m., ESPN3
Game 2: No. 1 Vanderbilt (51-9) vs. No. 4 East Tennessee State, 6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 3: Vanderbilt/ETSU loser vs. Georgia Tech/Illinois loser, 2 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 4: Vanderbilt/ETSU winner vs. Georgia Tech/Illinois winner, 7 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 5: Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, 2 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 6: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 7 (If necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3