The Vols are still alive and fighting for the final SEC tournament spot as the last two weekends of the season are upon us. Tennessee is currently tied for 12th in the SEC along with Arkansas and Missouri. Auburn and Georgia are both one game ahead of the three team log jam. Although going 0-3 on the weekend will not necessarily eliminate the Vols from the tournament a couple wins can give some much needed breathing room going into the final weekend.
Last weekend Tennessee managed to take one game against the top rated Gators. They added a midweek win on Tuesday as they came from behind to defeat Belmont 5-3. The Bruins took the early lead in the first on a solo homer. The Vols quickly responded with Chris Hall and Vincent Jackson RBI singles to take the 2-1 lead. Derek Lance (single) and Chris Hall (bases loaded walk) added two more RBIs in the fourth to push the lead to 4-1. Belmont cut into the lead in the sixth on an unearned run and another solo shot in the seventh. Benito Santiago gave the Vols some breathing room in the bottom of that frame with an RBI single for the 5-3 final score.
The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Vols 52-22. Tennessee has not won a series against them since 2009 and in the three series since then managed only one win, during the last series in 2014.
LSU is on a five game win streak, having defeated Arkansas in three games last weekend in Baton Rouge and Notre Dame in a double header Wednesday in South Bend.
Next week the Vols host ETSU in a game in Knoxville on Tuesday before travelling to Athens to take on Georgia to close the season in a three game series starting Thursday.
Tennessee Volunteers (26-23) (7-17 SEC) vs #11 Louisiana State Tigers (33-16) (14-10 SEC)
Date: Friday-Sunday May 13-15, 2016
First Pitch: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 1 p.m. ET Saturday, 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, TN
TV: Saturday on the SEC Network
Internet Video: All Three games on WatchESPN
Probable Starting Pitchers:
UT RHP Will Neely (1-2, 4.46 ERA) vs LSU RHP Alex Lange (6-3, 4.02 ERA)
UT LHP Zach Warren (5-4, 3.15 ERA) vs LSU LHP Jared Poché (5-4, 4.05 ERA)
UT LHP Aaron Soto (4-2, 4.10 ERA) vs LSU TBA
Players to Keep an Eye on:
|UT||LHP||Andy Cox||5.79||1.63||59||.253||3-5 (3)|
|LSU||RHP||Hunter Newman||2.08||1.04||28||.180||0-0 (4)|