The Commodores will take on the University of San Diego and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs on the West Coast trip. The Dores open the home schedule with cross-town rival Belmont on February 23 before hosting Pac-10 power Stanford February 25-27. Hawkins Field will get plenty of action with 18 of the Commodores’ first 22 games in Nashville.
The Southeastern Conference schedule begins at Hawkins Field with Mississippi State visiting March 18-20. The following weekend the Dores hit the road in the SEC for the first time at Arkansas March 25-27. Rival Tennessee visits Nashville April 29-May 1 and the Florida Gators three-game visit May 13-15 concludes the home schedule.
Vanderbilt will be featured on national television the final week of the regular season at Georgia as part of ESPN’s SEC Game of the Week. The Commodores and Bulldogs will play on ESPNU May 19.
“I like our schedule a lot,” Head Coach Tim Corbin said. “We are playing very good teams throughout the country before we get into the SEC portion of our season. This will be a nice challenge for the kids.”
The Commodores are coming off one of the more successful seasons in school history winning 46 games in 2010 and advancing to the school’s second-ever Super Regional. Vanderbilt returns 21 lettermen from last year’s club, including Sonny Gray, Jason Esposito and Freshman All-American Anthony Gomez.