For the second time in three weeks Tennessee will travel to a consensus top-five ranked SEC team. The Vols are trying to right the ship after a disappointing start to SEC play, where they have dropped five straight conference games after defeating Florida in game one.
The Vols hosted Cincinnati on Wednesday night on the SEC Network. Zach Warren put together a good outing, going five innings with one hit and three walks. Steven Kane, Jacob Westphal, Kyle Serrano, and Andy Cox all pitched an inning each, allowing a combined two hits and one walk. The Vols got things going offensively in the second inning with Nathaniel Maggio driving a two run homer to right, bringing home Andrew Lee who was hit by a pitch. AJ Simcox drove in two more runs on a fielder's choice and Bearcat throwing error. Nick Senzel added to the lead in the fifth on a two-RBI triple, and he scored on a Maggio sacrifice.
Tennessee is 170-150-2 all-time against Vanderbilt, and were 2-2 against them last season. The Vols took two of three against the Dores in the regular season series last year but fell 3-2 in the opening round of the SEC tournament.
Coach Dave Serrano has made a change in the weekend rotation for the series, moving Kyle Serrano to the bullpen (which worked nicely on Wednesday) and giving the Sunday spot back to Hunter Martin. Hopefully the Vols can repeat last year's success against Vandy.
Tennessee Volunteers (10-11) (1-5 SEC) at #2 Vanderbilt Commodores (20-5) (5-1 SEC)
Date: Friday-Sunday March 27-29, 2015
First Pitch: 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, 5 p.m. ET Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Charles Hawkins Field, Nashville, Tn
TV: SEC Network on Saturday and Sunday
Live Audio: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via UTSports
Internet Video: All three games on WatchESPN
Live Stats: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via GameTracker
Probable Starting Pitchers:
UT RHP Bret Marks (2-2, 1.38 ERA) vs VU RHP Carson Fulmer (3-1, 1.85 ERA)
UT LHP Drake Owenby (1-3, 2.20 ERA) vs VU RHP Walker Buehler (2-0, 2.55 ERA)
UT RHP Hunter Martin (1-0, 2.16 ERA) vs VU RHP Jordan Sheffield (3-0, 2.27 ERA)
Players to Keep an Eye on: