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Tennessee Vols at Kentucky Wildcats: Weekend Series Thread

Can the Vols win their second SEC series?

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The past week has not been kind to Vol Baseball as they have dropped three straight after opening the Missouri series with a win last Thursday.  They head north tonight looking to add to the win column as they play the middle three games of their five game road trip at Kentucky.

The Vols started strong at MTSU on Tuesday, taking the early 2-0 lead in the first on an Andrew Lee two-run home run.  They retook the lead in the fourth thanks to two MTSU errors but again were unable to retain the lead and ended up falling 7-5 in Murfreesboro.  Tennessee's pitchers combined to give up nine hits and nine walks on the night.

Tennessee has won two series in a row against Kentucky, which helped build Tennessee's all-time series record to 155-132. Last season saw the Vols win two out of three against the Wildcats after being blasted 15-1 in the opening game of the series.

The Vols are currently sitting tied for 13th place in the SEC, 1/2 game behind Kentucky for the final SEC tournament slot.  The bottom two-thirds of the league are fairly close in the standings at the halfway point of conference play, with only two games separating 6th from 14th place.  Hopefully the Vols can get a few wins this weekend and work their way to Hoover.

Tennessee Volunteers (15-17) (5-10 SEC) at Kentucky Wildcats (19-16) (5-9 SEC)

Date: Thursday-Saturday April 16-18, 2015

First Pitch: 7 p.m. ET Thursday, 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, and 12 p.m. ET Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky

TV: SEC Network on Thursday and Saturday

Live Audio: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday via UTSports

Internet Video: WatchESPN for all three games

Live Stats: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday via GameTracker

Probable Starting Pitchers: UT LHP Andy Cox (1-1, 2.93 ERA) vs UK RHP Zack Brown (3-4, 3.57 ERA)
UT RHP Bret Marks (4-4, 3.20 ERA) vs UK RHP Dustin Beggs (4-2, 3.02 ERA)
UT LHP Drake Owenby (2-4, 3.78 ERA) vs UK TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Players to Keep an Eye on:

Team Pos Name BA RBI R SB HR
UT 2B Senzel .352 18 23 6 1
UT LF Stewart .306 33 25 2 10
UT 1B Lee .315 18 10 0 4
UK LF Tom .378 37 30 13 2
UK CF Barrett .364 18 32 7 1
UK 2B Shelby .336 28 21 4 4
Team Arm Name ERA WHIP BAA K W-L
UT LHP Cox 2.93 1.32 .241 32 1-1
UT RHP Marks 3.20 1.02 .184 68 4-4
UT RHP Lee 1.76 0.60 .152 20 1-0
UK RHP Beggs 3.02 1.02 .217 43 4-2
UK RHP Brown 3.57 1.42 .244 43 3-4
UK RHP Jack 4.85 1.31 .286 8 1-1

Go Vols!