Baseball Central: No. 21 Tennessee vs. Fresno State

Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 21 Tennessee puts its undefeated record on the line this weekend against Fresno State at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The 13-0 Vols are off to their best start in program history and are coming off a perfect 4-0 road trip with neutral-site wins over Louisiana Monroe, North Florida, Western Kentucky and Troy. They welcome the Bulldogs for a three-game series with Game One slated for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Broadcast Info
All three games will be streamed online via SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. Roger Hoover (PxP) and Charlie Puleo (Analyst) will have the call for all three contests.

Fans can also listen to a live audio stream of all three games on UTSports.com and the UT Gameday App. Saturday and Sunday’s games are also scheduled to air on the Vol Radio Network (FM 99.1 / AM 990).

Projected Starting Pitchers
Friday: RHP Garrett Stallings (3-0, 0.83 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Jensen (2-0, 2.65 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Zach Linginfelter (3-0, 1.00 ERA) vs. LHP Nikoh Mitchell (1-1, 6.08 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Will Neely (2-0, 2.87 ERA) vs. RHP Davis Moore (2-0, 4.50 ERA)

Series History vs. Fresno State 
Overall: Fresno State leads, 1-0
In Knoxville: Fresno State leads, 1-0
In Fresno: N/A
Neutral Sites: N/A
Last Meeting: May 30, 1993 in Knoxville (L, 6-2 – NCAA Regional)

This will be just the second time the two programs have meet on the diamond. The Bulldogs won the only previous meeting, 6-2, during the 1993 NCAA Knoxville Regional.

Need to Know

  • Tennessee is coming off a 4-0 road trip, capped by an 11-2 neutral-site win over Troy on Tuesday night in Hoover, Ala.
  • At 13-0, the Vols are off to the best start in program history and could tie the program’s longest winning streak with a series sweep this weekend.
  • The Big Orange are one of just four unbeaten teams remaining in Division I college baseball entering this weekend’s slate of games. The other three are Arizona State (12-0), Florida State (11-0) and NC State (12-0).
  • UT is currently ranked in four of the six major college baseball polls, including its highest ranking of No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The last time the Vols were ranked in four or more polls at the same time was March 23, 2014 (Collegiate Baseball News -14, USA Today – 16, Perfect Game – 16 , Baseball America – 18, NCBWA – 21).
  • Tennessee’s pitching staff leads the nation with a 0.94 ERA, a 0.71 WHIP, 1.96 walks allowed per nine innings and six shutouts. It also leads the SEC in opponent batting average (.145) and saves (seven).
  • UT’s bullpen has been nearly untouchable, allowing just one run and 10 hits while striking out 55 batters in 54.0 innings of work.
  • The Vols’ starting rotation of Garrett StallingsZach Linginfelter and Will Neely have combined for am 8-0 record and 66 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work.
  • Twin brothers Luc and Andre Lipcius have been two of the Vols’ most dangerous hitters so far this season. On the year, they have combined to hit five of Tennessee’s 10 homers and rank first and second on the team in RBI with 13 and 12, respectively.
  • Memphis native Justin Ammons is also off to a red-hot start this season, leading the team with a .410 batting average and .571 on-base percentage. He comes into this weekend riding a seven-game hitting streak after posting four multi-hit performances over his last six games. The junior outfielder is also the only Vol to reach base in all 13 games this season.

Opponent Scout
Fresno State Bulldogs (6-3)

  • 2018 Record: 30-24 (13-17 Mountain West)
  • 2018 Postseason: N/A
  • Fresno State was picked to finish third in the Mountain West Preseason Coaches’ Poll after finishing fifth in the league last season.
  • The Bulldogs are led by head coach Mike Batesole, who is in his 17th season with the program. Batesole has led Fresno State to 10 conference titles and eight NCAA tournament appearances, including a National Championship in 2008.
  • Fresno State returns five starting position players and two starting pitchers from 2018, including All-MWC Preseason selections in senior outfielder Zach Ashford and junior catcher Carter Bins.
  • So far this season, the Bulldogs have been led by redshirt senior infielder McCarthy Tatum, who enters this weekend’s series batting .444 with 16 hits, four doubles, a triple and 10 RBI (all team highs). Bins has also been solid at the plate, batting .333 with 12 hits and a team-best 12 runs scored.
  • On the mound, Fresno State is led by Friday-night starter Ryan Jenson. The hard-throwing right hander is 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA and has struck out 18 batters this season. The Bulldogs’ weekend rotation has a combined record of 5-1 so far this year.

Game Promotions
Upcoming promotions for all Tennessee athletics home events can be found on the UT Fan Experience page by clicking HERE.

ALL GAMES THIS SEASON

  • Kids Combo: Corn dog, chips and a drink for just $6!

FRIDAY

  • Second Harvest Weekend: Donate (2) two non-perishable food items and receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, helping to feed local families in need.
  • Student Promotions: Rewards Pick Up

SATURDAY

  • Second Harvest Weekend: Donate (2) two non-perishable food items and receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, helping to feed local families in need.

SUNDAY

  • Second Harvest Weekend: Donate (2) two non-perishable food items and receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, helping to feed local families in need.
  • Kids Day: All kids 12 and under receive free admission. Run the bases and get postgame autographs from select players (Weather Permitting).

On Deck for the Vols
The Vols will host UNC Asheville for a pair of midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday next week before starting SEC play at Auburn next weekend. Both of UT’s midweek contests against the Bulldogs will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.

Gameday/Stadium Policies & Information
Clear Bag Policy
In an effort to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Tennessee athletic events, UT has implemented a clear bag policy at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Gates will open until 90 minutes prior to game time.

Parking
Baseball parking is located in Lots G16, GF2, GF3, GF4, and C22. (Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium events have priority if on same days as baseball games.)

Additional parking is located on the street along Todd Helton Drive. Parking for MVP ticket holders is located in Lot GF1 and handicap parking is located in marked handicap spaces on Pat Head Summitt Drive and G16 Garage.

 

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