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Tennessee Baseball hosts Georgia: Weekend Series Thread

Rain has moved through the area and now it's time for baseball.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee opened SEC play last weekend against consensus top five ranked Florida.  The Vols picked up the opening game of the series thanks to Bret Marks' outstanding performance and a handful of Vol home runs.  Things did not go as well on Saturday and Sunday, as Tennessee ended up dropping the series in Gainesville.  This weekend Dave Serrano's Vols look to improve their SEC record against Georgia.

Tennessee is 116-108 all time against the Bulldogs, but have had trouble lately going 3-7 in the last ten meetings (and have not won a series since 2010). Georgia are on a four game skid after being swept in their SEC opening series by Missouri and being blasted by Mercer Tuesday 16-4. They also dropped games earlier this season against Florida State, Longwood, and a sweep at Georgia Southern.

The Vols picked up a win over Austin Peay on Tuesday, where Zach Warren, Steven Kane, Andy Cox, and Andrew Lee combined for the shutout. Warren got into trouble early, with APSU getting two runners on in the first but managed to work his way out of it. Jeff Moberg hit a solo home run in the fifth, and Simcox got two RBIs, on a sacrifice fly and a single, to give the Vols the 3-0 advantage. Base running is still a concern for the Vols, with Johnny Youngblood getting picked off at second last game and Christin Stewart and Simcox both caught stealing.

Hopefully the Vols can pick up a series win this weekend before traveling to take on the defending champions Vanderbilt next week.

Tennessee Volunteers (9-8) (1-2 SEC) vs Georgia Bulldogs (12-9) (0-3 SEC)

Date: Friday-Sunday March 20-22, 2015

First Pitch: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 4 p.m. ET Saturday, 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, Tn

Live Audio: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via UTSports

Internet Video: Saturday and Sunday on WatchESPN

Live Stats: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via GameTracker

Probable Starting Pitchers:
UT RHP Bret Marks (2-1, 1.17 ERA) vs UGA LHP Jared Walsh (2-0, 0.86ERA)
UT LHP Drake Owenby (1-2, 2.81 ERA) vs UGA LHP Ryan Lawlor (2-3, 3.28 ERA)
UT RHP Kyle Serrano (1-2, 3.86 ERA) vs UGA TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Players to Keep an Eye on:

School Pos Name BA RBI R SB HR
UT OF Jackson .390 4 10 7 0
UT LF Stewart .345 14 12 1 5
UT 2B Senzel .338 10 11 4 1
UGA SS King .344 5 9 9 0
UGA RF Weber .328 14 10 4 2
UGA CF Wrenn .325 12 15 10 2
School Arm Name ERA WHIP BAA K W-L
UT RHP Marks 1.17 0.70 .123 35 2-1
UT RHP Lee 0.00 0.44 .083 12 1-0
UGA LHP Walsh 0.86 1.05 .205 16 2-0
UGA RHP Cheek 4.50 1.50 .250 9 1-1

Go Vols!