The Tennessee Vols baseball team is trying to fight its way to Hoover and the SEC tournament for the first time since 2007. This week they take on #25 Kentucky, who is one game ahead of them in the SEC standings. A series victory this week would go a long way to helping the Vols secure their spot in the postseason. Tennessee and Kentucky have split the previous 4 series 2 to 2, with each team winning 6 games total. Kentucky is coming off of a series loss against Ole Miss.
After the home series against Kentucky, the Vols will host UNC Asheville, then head to Starkville to play a series against Mississippi State before coming home to end the season against Morehead State and Florida. The Vols are also attempting to make the NCAAs for the first time since 2005 (when they made it all the way to Omaha). The national media are currently split on Tennessee with Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers thinking the Vols are still on the outside looking in, and Baseball America's Aaron Fitt thinking the Vols are currently in the tournament.
What the Vols are Doing Well:
Fielding Percentage - .976. 25th Nationally. 2nd SEC.
Triples - 15 total. 28th Nationally. 1st SEC.
Stolen Bases - 67 total. 32nd Nationally. 4th SEC.
Fallen out of Top 40: WHIP and Shutouts
Last Week: 1-3
- Tuesday April 22, 2014 at ETSU: ETSU 9 - Vols 7. The Vols ran into trouble early against ETSU, with ETSU loading the bases with 0 outs in the 1st inning. A Sac fly would score 1 before the Vols could escape. ETSU would build upon their lead in the 3rd with 3 more runs on 3 hits. The Vols responded with 3 of their own, thanks in part to 2 errors, but this was the closest UT would get. The Vols outhit ETSU, but Tennessee pitchers walked 6 Bucs in the game.
- Friday April 25, 2014 at LSU: LSU 8 - Vols 7. Tennessee changed up their weekend rotation in an attempt to try to get the starters to last longer into the game. UT got off to a fast start, putting up 5 runs on LSU's ace Aaron Nola (previously had only allowed 7 runs all year). After trading leads in the middle of the game, the Vols took a 7-6 lead to the 8th. LSU got 2 2-out hits to tie the game on an RBI double. Andrew Lee started off the bottom of the 9th with a walk. He got the next 2 outs on a sacrifice and strikeout. An intentional walk was followed by an unintentional walk to load the bases. An RBI single then won the game for the Tigers.
- Saturday April 26, 2014 at LSU: Vols 6 - LSU 3. For the 2nd night in a row, UT got off to the early lead in the 1st. LSU quickly tied the game, and took the 3-2 lead in the 4th. Lance and Smart both got RBIs in the 8th to retake the lead. Vincent Jackson added on 2 more in the 9th with a home run. Andrew Lee then came in and walked the first batter he faced. He followed that up with 3 straight outs to end the game, and give the Vols the victory.
- Sunday April 27, 2014 at LSU: LSU 9 - Vols 4. For the 3rd game in a row, the Vols started with the lead, this time on a Maddox sacrifice in the 2nd. LSU responded, eventually building a 4-2 lead by the 5th inning. The Vols got 2 runs on 2 hits in the 8th to tie the game back up at 4-4. The Tigers then put together a 5 run 8th inning with only 2 hits, thanks to an error on Bettencourt, a walk, a hit batter, and 2 wild pitches.
This Week: ?-?
- The Vols were scheduled to take on MTSU in a Tuesday night game, but that has been rained out.
- Tennessee (26-16) (8-13) vs #25 Kentucky (27-17) (9-12)
May 1-3, 2014
First pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, 6 p.m. ET Friday, and 12 p.m. ET Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Television: Thursday on ESPNU and Saturday on FSN
Live Audio: Thursday and Saturday via UT Sports
Internet Video: Thursday and Saturday on WatchESPN, Friday on UT Sports
Live Stats: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday