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Vanderbilt counting on righty Beede to open strong

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tyler Beede feels rested and ready for the NCAA tournament, and the Vanderbilt Commodores will need the junior right-hander at his best along with the rest of their pitching staff to take advantage of their home-field advantage.

Beede went 14-1 last season when Vanderbilt matched the school record with 54 wins only to lose in the Super Regional.

This year, the 6-foot-4 Beede started off winning his first four starts, including wins over Long Beach State and Stanford. But he pitches Friday night against Xavier with a 7-7 record having lost four of his last seven starts with one no decision.

Beede says he's excited to take the ball and set the tone for the Commodores on their home field.

Clemson opens the regional against Oregon on Friday.