Baseball Central: Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech

Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee returns home to face Tennessee Tech on Tuesday night in the first of four home games this week to wrap up the regular-season slate.

Tuesday’s contest will be the final non-conference game of the regular season for the Vols. They have been dominant in non-SEC games this year, posting a 23-2 record. UT’s 23 non-conference victories are the most in a regular season since also posting 23 back in 2001.

Broadcast Info
Tuesday’s game will be streamed live online via SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app with Bob Kesling (PxP) and Rusty Ensor (Color) calling the action. John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara will also call all three games for the Vol Network (AM 990) as well as UTSports.com and the UT Gameday App.

Projected Starting Pitchers
Tennessee: TBA
Tennessee Tech: TBA

Series History vs. Tennessee Tech
Overall: Tennessee leads, 69-30-1
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 41-10
In Cookeville: Tennessee leads, 24-15-1
Neutral Sites: N/A
Site Unknown: Tennessee Tech leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: April 25, 2018 in Knoxville (L, 7-6)

Tennessee has owned the all-time series against Tennessee Tech, winning 69 of the 100 meetings between the two programs. The Vols are 35-5 against the Golden Eagles since 1990.

Need to Know

  • Tennessee is coming off a 3-1 week with a win over Austin Peay and a massive road series win against Florida in Gainesville, bouncing back to win the final two games of the series after giving up a seven-run lead in the opener.
  • All three games against the Gators were decided by one run as the Vols improved to 4-4 on the year in one-run games.
  • The series victory was the second straight for the Vols in Gainesville. Tennessee also took two of three from the Gators in 2017.
  • UT rallied from a 4-1 deficit in Sunday’s series finale, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to win the rubber game. It was the second game in the last two weeks in which the Vols had come back from a three-plus run deficit to win (May 3 vs. Missouri was the other).
  • Tennessee enters this week holding strong at No. 10 in the RPI. The Vols are one of five SEC teams in the top 10.
  • The Big Orange clinched a berth in the SEC Tournament with last Saturday’s victory. The Vols will be making their first trip to Hoover since 2016.
  • Tennessee secured its first winning record against SEC Eastern Division opponents since the 2010 team went 8-7 in such games. With two wins last weekend, UT finished this season with an 11-7 record against the SEC East.
  • Andre Lipcius led the way offensively for Tennessee last week and was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts. He is the first Vol to garner conference player of the week honors since Nick Senzel in May of 2016.
  • Lipcius had a career day at the plate in Saturday’s 8-7 win. The Virginia native tied a career high with four hits and had three extra-base knocks, finishing a triple short of the cycle while driving in three runs.
  • With five runs batted in last week, Lipcius became the first Tennessee player since 2016 to have 50-plus RBI in a season when Senzel (59), Vincent Jackson (57) and Jordan Rodgers (56) all accomplished the feat.
  • Ricky Martinez had the biggest hit of the week, blasting his first home run of the year in Sunday’s rubber game at UF. The junior shortstop’s three-run homer in the top of the seventh tied the game at four.
  • Freshman pitcher Camden Sewell threw two shutout innings to earn his first-career save and hold off the hard-charging Gators in Saturday’s victory to even the series.
  • Tennessee’s bullpen had another solid performance on Sunday, holding Florida to a single hit in the final 4.1 innings. Redshirt senior Richard Jackson earned his first-career win while sophomore Sean Hunley pitched the final three innings to earn his first-career save.

Opponent Scout
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (22-28, 9-18 OVC)

  • 2018 Record: 53-12 (27-3 OVC)
  • 2018 Postseason: NCAA Austin Super Regional (1-2)
  • The Golden Eagles are coming off an historic season in which they reached the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history and were one win away from advancing to the College World Series.
  • Tennessee Tech was picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll after winning the league’s regular-season title last year but has struggled to a 9-18 league record this season, putting them in a three-way tie for ninth place entering this week.
  • TTU is led by first-year head coach Justin Holmes, who served as an assistant on the staff for the previous four years under former head coach Matt Bragga.
  • The Golden Eagles are one of the top power-hitting teams in college baseball with 83 home runs, which ranks third in the country. They have four players with double-digit homers, led by Jason Hinchman, who is tied for first in the nation with 23.
  • Preseason all-conference selection Kevin Strohschein leads the team with a .377 batting average and ranks second on the squad with 15 home runs.
  • Tennessee Tech has struggled on the mound with a 6.38 team era that ranks last in the OVC.

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!

TUESDAY

  • Trivia Tuesday (Sponsored by Moe’s): Play trivia throughout the game with a chance to win prizes.
  • $2 Tuesday: All general admission tickets are only $2 and fans can purchase nachos for just $2 through the fourth inning.

On Deck for the Vols
The Big Orange will finish regular-season play with a three-game series versus No. 15 Ole Miss starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday’s games will be televised live on the SEC Network while Saturday’s game will be streamed online via SEC Network+ and the ESPN app.

 

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