Baseball Preview: NCAA Chapel Hill Regional

Credit: UT Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 22 Tennessee begins its NCAA Tournament run on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET against Liberty at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Volunteers enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the regional and are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. They will be joined by regional host and No. 14 national seed North Carolina, No. 3 seed Liberty and No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington.

Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 31
Game 1: #1 North Carolina (38-18) vs. #4 UNCW (32-29), 2 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Liberty (42-19) vs. #2 Tennessee (38-19), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 12 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Game 7, if necessary, 1 p.m.

All times listed in EST

Broadcast Info
TV/Stream: ESPN3/ESPN App (Online Only)
Talent: Kevin Brown (PxP) | JP Arencibia (Analyst)

Radio: Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990)
Talent: John Wilkerson

NCAA Tournament History
Appearances: 9 (Last in 2005)
Regional Record: 19-13 (.594)
College World Series Appearances: 4 (1951, 1995, 2001, 2005)

This will be UT’s 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2005 when the Vols went 5-0 in regional and super regional play en route to the fourth College World Series appearance in program history.

Need to Know

  • Tennessee holds a 31-21 record all time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 19-13 record in regional play. This year’s appearance in the 10thoverall in program history and snaps a 14-year drought.
  • UT’s 38 total wins and 14 conference victories were the most for the program since 2005, which is the last time the Vols made the NCAA Tournament, making a run to the program’s fourth College World Series.
  • With a win over Tennessee Tech on May 14, the Vols finished the 2019 regular season with an impressive 24-2 record in non-conference games and a 13-1 record in midweek contests, outscoring their opponents by a 112-36 margin. The 24 non-conference regular-season wins are the most since the program posted 30 back in 2000.
  • Sophomore outfielder Alerick Soularie and junior pitcher Garrett Stallings both earned SEC postseason honors. Soularie earned first-team All-SEC accolades while Stallings was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • With a 7-0 blanking of Ole Miss on May 16, the Vols tied the program’s single-season record for shutouts with 10. UT ranks second nationally in shutouts this season, trailing only UCLA (11).
  • In that 7-0 win over the Rebels, Stallings was phenomenal, tossing his second complete-game shutout of the year. The junior right hander allowed just four hits, had seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk to earn his eighth win of the year.
  • Stallings earned SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors for his efforts. He is just the third player in program history to be named conference pitcher of the week twice in the same season, joining James Adkins (2007) and Luke Hochevar (2005).
  • With three stolen bases in a 7-5 win over Ole Miss on May 17, Tennessee reached the 100-steal mark for the year, marking the first time the Vols have stolen 100 or more bases in a season since stealing 113 bags in 2005.
  • Jay Charleston ranks fifth on the program’s career stolen bases listed (64) and is tied for 10th on the UT single-season steals list with 38. He leads the SEC in steals by a significant margin.
  • Junior slugger Andre Lipcius has had a huge season for the Vols, leading the team and ranking second in the SEC with 16 home runs, the most by a UT player in a single season since Cody Hawn had 22 back in 2009. Lipcius has eight dingers in his last 18 games.
  • Tennessee’s bats have been red hot over the past month. The Vols have scored five or more runs in 13 of their last 19 games while scoring eight-plus runs nine times in that span. They have also recorded double-digit runs seven times in their last 19 games.
  • With five strikeouts against Ole Miss on May 18, Tennessee’s pitching staff passed the 500-strikeout mark for the season. The last time the Vols struck out 500-plus batters in a season was 2005 when they struck out a school-record 568. They enter this weekend’s regional with 513 punchouts this year.

On Deck for the Vols
With a win, Tennessee would advance to the winner’s bracket of the regional and would face the winner of North Carolina-UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, June 1 at 4 p.m. The loser of Friday’s contest will take on the loser of the UNC-UNCW game on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Should the Vols advance past regional play, they would play the winner on the NCAA Atlanta Regional in Super Regional play.

 

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