The Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores matchup in baseball is as spicy as ever. The Vols are the top-ranked team in the country, and Vandy is ranked in the top five by most polls. For much of the past two decades, this series has been dominated by the Commodores. The Vols look to change that in Nashville this weekend. They’ve got the firepower on both sides of the diamond to pull it off. 2016 is the last time they won this series.

You can certainly tell how much this series means in the landscape by the ticket prices. They’re some of the highest you’ll see throughout the entire college baseball regular season. This is an SEC series in April. Albeit, it’s a rivalry matchup of top five teams in college baseball.

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There’s no secret that the fanbase for the Vols has exploded in the past couple of years. They’re always passionate, but it has reached new heights as of late. The team takes on the mantra of its fans: energetic. Tony Vitello and co. have reignited the program about as quick as you can in the SEC.

On the flip-side, Vandy is right where they are almost every year under Tim Corbin. They’re in prime position as conference play gets revved up, and the talent is undeniable throughout their lineup and pitching rotation. That’s always the case for Corbin’s Vanderbilt teams.

Friday’s matchup will be on ESPN2 starting at 7 PM ET. Game two will start at 8 PM ET on Saturday evening, and game three will commence at 2 PM ET on Sunday.

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