Baseball Preview: No. 20 Vols Host ETSU for In-State Midweek Matchup

Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 20 Tennessee will look to rebound from a disappointing weekend as in-state foe ETSU visits Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a Tuesday midweek matchup.

The Buccaneers, winners of eight straight, are red-hot entering Tuesday’s contest after recording back-to-back weekend sweeps, while the Vols will be looking to rebound from their first series loss of the year.

Broadcast Info
Tuesday’s contest will be streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Andy Brock will call the action.

Fans can also listen to the game on UTSports.com and the UT Gameday app.

Pitching Matchup
RHP Camden Sewell (0 App, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Tucker Rogers (3 App, 1 GS, 1-0, 2.61 ERA)

Series History vs. ETSU
Overall: UT leads, 66-20
In Knoxville: UT leads, 36-10
In Johnson City: UT leads, 29-10
Neutral Sites: UT leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: L, 6-5 (March 26, 2019)

The Vols and Bucs split their two meetings last season, which each team winning on the others home field.

Notable
Midweek Masters
Tennessee has been nearly unbeatable in midweek games since Tony Vitello took over as head coach prior to the 2018 season. After last Tuesday’s 28-2 dismantling of Longwood, the Big Orange are 27-5 in midweek contests under Vitello, including a 13-1 record last season and a 4-0 record this year.

ETSU was the last team to defeat the Vols in a midweek game, coming away with a 6-5 win in Knoxville on March 26 of last year.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Junior infielder Liam Spence has been one of the Vols’ most productive players so far this season. The Geelong, Australia native leads the team with a .362 batting average and is tied for second on the team with 17 hits.

Spence is coming off a productive week where he either led or tied for the team lead in batting average (.417), runs (four), hits (five) and home runs (one). His solo home run in the seventh inning was the difference in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wright State. Spence followed that performance by tying his career high with three hits, a walk and a run scored in Sunday’s series finale.

The Aussie has also been as surehanded as they come defensively while splitting time at shortstop and second base. Spence has committed just one error and leads the team with 54 assists.

Vols Rank Among the Nation’s Leaders
Tennessee enters this weekend ranked among the nation’s leaders in a handful of statistical categories. The Vols rank among the top 25 in the country in each of the following categories:

Offense

  • Batting Average: .307 (19th)
  • Doubles: 38 (9th)
  • Hits: 173 (7th)
  • Home Runs: 27 (2nd)
  • On-Base Percentage: .433 (5th)
  • Runs: 163 (2nd)
  • Runs/Game: 10.2 (1st)
  • Slugging Percentage: .526 (5th)
  • Stolen Bases: 30 (19th)
  • Walks: 118 (2nd)

Pitching/Defense

  • ERA: 1.81 (1st)
  • Fielding Percentage: .980 (22nd)
  • Hits Allowed/Nine Innings: 6.25 (13th)
  • Shutouts: 3 (10th)
  • Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: 5.10 (2nd)
  • WHIP: 0.91 (3rd)
  • Walks Allowed/Nine Innings: 1.94 (2nd)

Playing Long Ball
UT has come out of the gates swinging this season with 27 home runs through 16 games, which ranks second in the nation. The Vols have hit multiple home runs in 12 of their 16 games and have had 14 different players go deep this season.

Opponent Scout
ETSU Buccaneers (12-2)

  • 2019 Record: 34-21 (11-12 SoCon)
  • 2019 Postseason: N/A
  • Head Coach: Joe Pennucci (3rd season) // Led ETSU to a 34-21 record in 2019, it’s best season since 2011.
  • The Bucs were tied for fourth in the Southern Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll and picked to finish fifth in the SoCon Preseason Media Poll.
  • ETSU is off to a great start this season with a 12-2 record. The Bucs have already beaten one marquee Power 5 opponent in Clemson and have won eight straight games heading into Tuesday’s contest.
  • The Bucs have been a dangerous team offensively this season, averaging eight runs per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. They also rank sixth nationally in slugging percentage (.525) and 16th in home runs (19).
  • ETSU has seven players batting .311 or higher entering this week.
  • John Madole has led the charge at the plate with a team-leading .393 batting average and four home runs.
  • Jake Lyle is batting .389 and leads the team with 21 hits, six doubles and 12 stolen bases.
  • The Bucs’ pitching has been impressive as well, as they rank 20th in the country with 11.3 strikeouts per game and have posted a 2.93 team ERA.

Game Promotions
Upcoming promotions for all Tennessee athletics home events can be found on the UT Fan Experience page by clicking HERE.

TUESDAY

  • Trivia Tuesday Sponsored by Moe’s: Marvel Theme
  • $2 Tuesday: $2 General Admission Tickets | $2 Candy through the 4th Inning

On Deck
The Vols begin Southeastern Conference play with a trip to South Carolina this weekend. Friday’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. and all three games will be streamed on SEC Network+ as well as the ESPN app.
Fans can also listen to entire series on the Vol Network (FM 99.1 / AM 990), UTSports.com and the UT Gameday app as John Wilkerson calls the action.

Gameday/Stadium Policies & Information
All of the information listed below and more can be found on the Tennessee Baseball Gameday Information page HERE.

Parking
Baseball parking is located primarily in Lots GF3, GF4, and S23 at the Haslam Music Center. Lots C1, C22 and G16 are available only on dates that Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium have no scheduled events.

Additional street parking is located in C10 along Todd Helton Drive and Chamique Holdsclaw Drive, as well as along West Volunteer Blvd.

Parking for MVP ticket holders is located in Lots GF1 and GF2.

Handicap parking is located in marked handicap spaces on Pat Head Summitt Street and in the G16 Volunteer Blvd garage.

A parking map for the 2020 season can be found by clicking HERE.

Beer Sales Policy
New this season, beer will be sold at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Protocol for beer sales will be consistent with all other on-campus venues that have sold alcohol this season.

For more information, click HERE.

Clear Bag Policy
In an effort to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Tennessee athletic events, UT has implemented a clear bag policy at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Gates will open until 90 minutes prior to game time.

 

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