A series victory over Kentucky has helped Tennesse move up to 10th in the SEC Standings and further advance their postseason hopes. The Vols are only 1 win ahead of the 13th position though (due to tiebreakers), so they travel to Starkville looking to add to their win total. Mississippi State is coming off of a series sweep of Auburn, where they allowed only 1 run and scored 18 on the weekend. Tennessee will be facing 3 time SEC Pitcher of the Week, and Tennessee native, Ross Mitchell who is coming off the only SEC road complete game shutout thrown this year (and only 4th CGSO all season in SEC play). The Vols have lost 3 straight series to the Bulldogs, and 9 of the last 10 games against them.
Tennessee will host UNC Asheville before heading south. Asheville is coming off of a series loss at #22 Liberty. Asheville held the lead in the final 2 games, but lost on a go ahead homer in the 8th on Saturday, and a walkoff single on Sunday. After the series with Mississippi State, the Vols will close out the season at home with Morehead State and SEC leading Florida.
What the Vols are Doing Well:
Triples - 16 total. 28th Nationally. 1st SEC.
Stolen Bases - 72 total. 29th Nationally. 3rd SEC.
Fallen out of Top 40: Fielding Percentage
Current SEC Standings
Ole Miss 15-9
Miss. St. 14-10
South Car. 13-11
Texas A&M 12-12
Last Week: 2-1
- Thursday May 1, 2014 vs Kentucky: Kentucky 15 - Vols 1. Tennessee got off to the early lead thanks to Maddox's single and 2 sacrifices, but things went wrong very quickly after that for the Vols. Kentucky tied it up quickly in the 2nd on 2 hits, and build a commanding 7-1 lead in the 3rd on 6 unearned runs after an error on Maddox. Kentucky built upon their lead adding 2 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th and 9th. The Vols managed only 5 hits during the game. 4 of Kentucky's runs were earned, with the other 11 unearned due to 5 errors for Tennessee fielders on the day.
- Friday May 2, 2014 vs Kentucky: Vols 8 - Kentucky 2. With their post season hopes on the line, the Vols responded strong on Friday. Nick Williams pitched 6 solid innings, giving up 2 runs. Tennesse had a solid 3rd inning, taking the 4-0 lead thanks in part to Christin Stewart's bases clearing triple. He ended the day with 4 RBIs, and Derek Lance added another 3. This was Tennessee's first Friday victory since the Quinnipiac series early in the season.
- Saturday May 3, 2014 vs Kentucky: Vols 5 - Kentucky 1. Looking for the series victory, the Vols sent out Andy Cox. He pitched a spectacular game, going 7.2 innings and giving up 2 hits and 1 run. He carried a no hitter into the 7th inning. The Vols offense struck early once again, with Maddox getting the leadoff single and steal in the 2nd. He reached home on a fielder's choice. The Vols added insurance runs in the 5th and 6th, with Schultz and Stewart both picking up 2 RBIs a piece. Probable SEC Player of the Year AJ Reed was held to 0-7 at the plate in the final 2 games by the Tennessee pitching staff.
This Week: ?-?
- Tennessee (28-17) (10-14) vs UNC Asheville (12-32) (4-16)
- Tennessee (28-17) (10-14) at #18 Mississippi State (31-18) (14-10)
May 9-11, 2014
First pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. ET Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Polk-DeMent Stadium, Starkville, MS
Television: Saturday on CSS and Sunday on CBS Sports Network
Live Audio: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via UT Sports
Internet Video: Hail State
Live Stats: Hail State