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Tennessee vs Missouri: Weekend Series Thread

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The Vols are up against another ranked opponent.

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Tennessee is back in action tonight as they host the Missouri Tigers.  Thunderstorms moved through the area on Tuesday and forced the Western Carolina game to be canceled, the ninth weather related cancellation or postponement on the year.  Tennessee is coming off of a series victory at Ole Miss where they won two out of three over the weekend.

Christin Stewart put together an outstanding week, going 7-for-14 with three homers, ten RBIs, and six runs to earn SEC Player of the Week and NCBWA Hitter of the Week awards.  Stewart will not be the only SEC player of the week in the stadium this weekend, as Missouri's Tanner Houck is the reigning Pitcher of the Week and is scheduled to start on Saturday.

The Vols are at home after a seven game road trip as they host Missouri, who are currently sitting in third place in the SEC. The Tigers have won series against South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, with their only SEC series loss being to top-ranked Texas A&M. Depending upon the publication, they are ranked anywhere from 16th to 23rd.

Tennessee is 4-2 all-time against the Tigers, winning both series played between the programs two-to-one since Missouri joined the SEC. Tennessee took a double header 5-1 and 4-1 last year in Columbia after dropping the opening game.

This weekend we'll see another change to the rotation, with Andy Cox moving to the Friday spot instead of Kyle Serrano.  It will be Cox's first start since last season.  He has pitched in half of the Vols' games this year, going 24.1 innings with 8 earned runs and 24 strikeouts with a 0-1 record and 3 saves.

Tennessee Volunteers (14-14) (4-8 SEC) vs #23 Missouri Tigers (22-11) (8-4 SEC)

Date: Thursday-Saturday April 9-11, 2015

First Pitch: 7 p.m. ET Thursday, 7 p.m. ET Friday, 12 p.m. ET Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, Tn

TV: SEC Network on all three days

Live Audio: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday via UTSports

Internet Video: WatchESPN for all three days

Live Stats: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday via GameTracker

Probable Starting Pitchers:
UT LHP Andy Cox (0-1, 2.96 ERA) vs MU RHP John Miles (1-1, 2.88 ERA)
UT RHP Bret Marks (4-3, 2.45 ERA) vs MU RHP Reggie McClain (4-3, 2.83 ERA)
UT LHP Drake Owenby (2-3, 3.12 ERA) vs MU RHP Tanner Houck (5-1, 2.70 ERA)

Players to Keep an Eye on:

School Pos Name BA RBI R SB HR
UT 2B Senzel .361 15 21 5 1
UT LF Stewart .320 30 24 2 9
UT DH Lee .305 16 7 0 3
MU C Bond .318 14 20 4 4
MU 2B Peel .280 10 24 17 0
MU 3B Lester .263 24 18 1 2
School Arm Name ERA WHIP BAA K W-L
UT RHP Lee 1.88 0.64 .163 18 1-0
UT RHP Marks 2.45 0.94 .161 60 4-3
UT LHP Owenby 3.12 1.09 .217 36 2-3
MU RHP Williams 1.96 0.93 .200 21 4-0
MU RHP Houck 2.70 0.94 .231 46 5-1
MU RHP McClain 2.83 1.01 .230 50 4-3

Go Vols!