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Tennessee Baseball at ETSU: Game Thread

The Vols are looking to end their losing streak.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Things are not going so well for Vol baseball as they are mired in a six game losing streak.  They have dropped two games against Missouri, a midweek match up at MTSU, and all three games at Kentucky in a row. The Vols finish their road trip tonight as they head to the Tri-Cities to take on ETSU. After the game Tennessee will return home where they will stay for all but three of their final fifteen games.

The Vols are currently sitting outside of the SEC tournament field after dropping the series at Kentucky.  With only the top twelve teams making the field the last place Volunteers need to make up some ground.   The good news though is that Tennessee is only one game behind Georgia and Mississippi State.  After taking on ETSU in this week's midweek match up Tennessee will host South Carolina, who is currently three games ahead of them and tied for 7th in the SEC.

Tennessee left nineteen runners on base over the weekend at Kentucky while only managing to score four runs.  They had a lot of trouble getting hits in the first two games, managing only five in each game.

The Vols took on the Bucs earlier this year in Knoxville. Hunter Martin got the start in that game but ran into issues, giving up an early 1-0 lead on a throwing error and a 2-1 lead on a Brodie Leftridge fielding error. Tennessee responded back, retaking the lead on a bases loaded walk in the 6th. Christin Stewart added a home run in the 8th to go with Andrew Lee's RBI single to give the Vols the 5-2 victory. The Vols are 59-16 all-time against the Bucs, but are only 4-7 in the last eleven meetings dating back to 2008.

Tennessee Volunteers (15-20) (5-13 SEC) at ETSU Buccaneers (14-24) (3-9 SoCon)

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015

First Pitch: 6:05 p.m. ET at Thomas Stadium, Johnson City, Tn

Live Audio: UTSports

Internet Video: SoCon Digital Network

Live Stats: ETSU

Probable Starting Pitchers: UT LHP Zach Warren (2-0, 4.26 ERA) vs ETSU RHP Ryan Simpler (1-3, 6.39 ERA)

Players to Keep an Eye on:

School Pos Name BA RBI R SB HR
UT 2B Senzel .328 18 23 6 1
UT LF Stewart .308 33 26 2 10
UT 1B Lee .310 18 11 0 4
ETSU 2B York .403 38 40 13 7
ETSU 3B Cook .365 29 43 6 5
ETSU 1B Phillips .335 41 31 2 9
School Arm Name ERA WHIP BAA K W-L
UT LHP Warren 4.26 1.11 .194 14 2-0
UT RHP Lee 1.62 0.62 .140 23 1-0
ETSU RHP Simpler 6.39 1.50 .279 40 1-3
ETSU RHP Cate 1.96 1.30 .183 27 3-2

Go Vols!