Vanderbilt baseball team headed overseas at Thanksgiving

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 5:05pm

Vanderbilt will announce Friday that its baseball team will travel to Japan during the university’s Thanksgiving break for four exhibition contests against some of that country’s top collegiate teams.

The Commodores will depart Nov. 21 and will return Nov. 29. The games will include one each against Japan’s last two national champions.

Coach Tim Corbin declined comment pending the official announcement.

Unlike the recent trip the men’s basketball team took to Australia, which was funded through a contractual concession by coach Kevin Stallings, this one will be paid for with a private donation from a single university supporter. The donor will be recognized at the time of the announcement.

The Commodores are scheduled to begin fall workouts on Tuesday.

NCAA rules allow baseball teams 45 days in the fall during which they may conduct 30 practices. A trip such as this one provides schools an additional 10 days and workouts, if they so choose.

Two other VU teams also have taken overseas trips this year. In addition to men’s basketball, the lacrosse team traveled through Europe and the men’s golf team ventured to Scotland.