Vanderbilt at Illinois
Illinois Field, Champaign, IL
4 p.m. ET, ESPN2
After Mother Nature pushed this game back a day, the teams have had a chance to rest up and get ready for the second tilt in this Super Regional. Illinois in particular could use the time after losing the first one 13-0. As we saw with the Fayetteville and Fort Worth Super Regionals, though, a huge win in Game 1 doesn't necessarily mean anything for Game 2.
Vandy will still go with Philip Pfeifer to start today, as it had planned to yesterday. Illinois is going with its best pitcher Tyler Jay, despite him normally being its closer. He has just one start in his 29 appearances this year, when he five innings against Lamar back in February. His longest appearance so far is six innings in a marathon game against Penn State in April in which he threw the eighth through thirteenth innings. Other than those two instances, though, he's only had two appearances in which he threw for at least four innings.
If Illinois is going down today, it's doing so without holding anything back.
Texas A&M at TCU
Lupton Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
8 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Aggies squeaked out an extra innings win yesterday after TCU blew them out of the park on Saturday. A&M will send out Tyler Stubblefield, the one time projected best pitcher on the staff who only recently has come back from a knee injury that kept him out up until then. He has just one start in his limited action, an eventual 4-3 win over Cal in the regional.
As of posting, TCU hasn't named a starter for the game. Manager Jim Schlossnagle said he was leaning towards going with lefty Alex Young, but he wouldn't rule out going with righty Mitchell Traver. They, along with Games 1 and 2 starters Tyler Alexander and Preston Morrison, make up the primary starters for the Frogs this year. Trevor has the better line with a 1.70 ERA and a .188 batting average allowed, but Young has more innings pitched on the season.