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Tennessee Volunteers vs UC Irvine Anteaters - Game Thread

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The Vols are back home for a big series against Irvine.

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Tennessee is back in Knoxville for the first three game home series of the year.  They will take on Dave Serrano's former team, the Anteaters of UC Irvine.

The Vols responded Wednesday after dropping a midweek game against Western Kentucky by travelling to Johnson City and cruising to an 11-2 win against ETSU.  The Vols got the early lead in the 3rd on RBI singles from Vincent Jackson, Jordan Rodgers, and Max Bartlett and an RBI fielder's choice with an error that scored two for the 6-0 lead.  ETSU responded with a two run homer over the left field wall to close the gap in the bottom of that inning. A wild pitch and passed ball scored two more Vols in the 6th along with an RBI double for Leno Ramirez to extend the lead to 9-2.  Nick Senzel and Vincent Jackson added an RBI each in the 7th for the 11-2 final score.

UC Irvine leads the series record against the Vols 2-1.  The teams met last season in Irvine where the Anteaters took the first two games of the series before the Vols with a 12-10 victory in the final game.

The Anteaters have won seven of their last eight games.  They are coming off a midweek 9-6 victory against Bakersfield.  They were picked to finish second in the Big West in the preseason coaches poll behind Cal State Fullerton.

After this weekend the Vols will head across the mountains to take on UNC Asheville next Tuesday before returning home to open SEC play against Ole Miss next weekend.

Tennessee Volunteers (8-4) vs UC Irvine Anteaters (9-4)

Date: Friday-Saturday March 11-12, 2016

First Pitch: 5 p.m. ET Friday, 1 p.m. ET Saturday, and 45 minutes after the conclusion of the 1st game Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, TN

Live Audio: FridaySaturday, and Saturday Night on UTSports

Internet Video: Friday on WatchESPN

Live Stats: FridaySaturday, and Saturday Night on GameTracker

Players to Keep an Eye on:

School Pos Name BA RBI R HR SB-A
UT 3B Nick Senzel .396 18 18 0 6-7
UT OF Vincent Jackson .325 15 14 3 3-4
UT 2B Jeff Moberg .396 5 21 0 3-4
UT 1B Jordan Rodgers .283 21 10 1 3-3
UCI OF Keston Hiura .480 14 12 4 1-1
UCI OF Evan Cassolato .333 5 10 0 0-0
UCI 1B Mitchell Holland .292 6 6 0 1-1
UCI 2B Cole Kreuter .292 7 9 0 0-2
School Arm Name ERA WHIP K BAA W-L (S)
UT LHP Zach Warren 1.62 1.14 17 .220 3-0
UT RHP Hunter Martin 1.42 1.42 6 .277 1-0
UT RHP Jon Lipinski 1.93 0.86 2 .133 0-0 (3)
UCI LHP Elliot Surrey 0.00 1.07 9 .173 1-0
UCI RHP Shaun Vetrovec 2.50 1.06 8 .222 2-1
UCI RHP Calvin Faucher 2.84 1.90 5 .292 0-0 (2)

Go Vols!

Update: Sunday's game has been moved to Saturday 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.