Baseball Preview: #1 Tennessee Caps SEC Home Slate with #22 Georgia

Baseball Preview: #1 Tennessee Caps SEC Home Slate with #22 Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Playing its final regular season series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers welcome No. 22/NR Georgia to Rocky Top for a weekend set, beginning Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.

The Vols are looking for their 11th series victory of the season after dropping their first three-game set of the year last weekend at Kentucky.


For the most updated gameday information related to Tennessee baseball, please visit our Gameday Central page by clicking HERE. The baseball Gameday Central page contains info in regard to tickets, parking, stadium policies and more.


Season and single-game tickets for all remaining home contests are SOLD OUT. Limited standing room only tickets will go on sale for all games 90 minutes prior to first pitch at the Lindsey Nelson Stadium ticket office.

Single-game tickets for all games can also be purchased through Vivid Seats, the exclusive resale marketplace for Tennessee Athletics, by clicking HERE.

In order to keep Lindsey Nelson Stadium as full as possible, we are encouraging season ticket holders who are unable to use their tickets for a game(s) to either transfer your tickets to someone else (Instructions HERE).


Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on the ESPNU with Dave Neal (PxP) and Kyle Peterson (analyst) on the call. Friday’s contest will feature the same crew and will be broadcast live on SEC Network. Saturday’s series finale will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Andy Brock (PxP) and VFL Cody Hawn (analyst) providing commentary.

The online broadcasts can be accessed on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN App, or online at

Fans can also listen to the Voice of Tennessee Baseball John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the game on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) as well as and the Tennessee Athletics App.

New Vol Network Radio Affiliates

The Vol Network had added multiple radio affiliates to broadcast remaining Tennessee baseball SEC games this season. The complete list of new affiliates is below. Please check your local listings prior to each weekend to see which games will be broadcast on each station.

Chattanooga: WFLI (FM 97.7, FM 100.3, AM 1070)
Cleveland: The Buzz (FM 101.3)
Lawrenceburg: WWLX (FM 106.1, FM 93.1, AM 590)
Muscle Shoals, AL: WSBM (FM 97.9, AM 1340)
Nashville: The Zone (FM 104.5)
Oneida: WBNT (FM 105.5)
Pulaski: WKSR (FM 107.7, FM 100.9, AM 1420)


Game 1 – Thursday, May 12 (7 p.m.)
RHP Chase Dollander (6-0, 2.66 ERA) vs. RHP Nolan Crisp (1-3, 5.17 ERA)

Game 2 – Friday, May 13 (5:30 p.m.)
RHP Blade Tidwell (1-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. RHP Jonathan Cannon (9-1, 2.38 ERA)

Game 3 – Saturday, May 14 (1 p.m.)
TBD vs. LHP Liam Sullivan (3-3, 4.91 ERA)


Overall: Series tied, 124-118
in Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 69-49
in Athens: Georgia leads, 69-52
at Neutral Sites: Tennessee leads, 3-0
Last Meetings: W, 4-1, in Athens

Tennessee has won the last two series against the Bulldogs and is 5-4 against Georgia since head coach Tony Vitello took over at UT.


Success vs. Ranked Foes
Tennessee has played some of its best baseball when facing top 25 teams, posting an 10-3 record against ranked opponents this season, including a pair of sweeps over top 10 foes Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, while taking the series at the end of April against Auburn. Since Tony Vitello took over as head coach in 2018, the Vols have posted 43 wins over ranked foes, including 20 victories over teams ranked in the top 10 and six wins over top-ranked teams – Ole Miss (x3) in 2022, Arkansas in 2021, Texas Tech in 2020 and Florida in 2018.
Vitello’s record against ranked teams at UT is 43-41 and UT has won 13 series over ranked teams during his tenure.
Phenoms In the Pen
Tennessee’s loaded bullpen has posted a 2.19 season ERA with 218.0 innings pitched and 273 strikeouts. In total the Vols have 13 relievers who own a sub-3.00 ERA.
Tennessee has six relievers who have made 19 or more appearances, each one has a sub-2.60 ERA, led by Ben Joyce with a 1.23 ERA. As a unit, 12 of the 17 arms that have come out of the UT bull[1]pen this year are averaging more than one strikeout per inning.
The Boys Are Raking
Tennessee’s four hitters with the most home runs, Trey Lipscomb (19), Jordan Beck (13), Jorel Ortega (11) and Luc Lipcius (11) have combined for 54 home runs. That total ranks more than 217 teams in Division I.


#22/NR Georgia Bulldogs

  • Record: 32-16 (13-11 SEC)
  • 2021 Postseason: N/A
  • 2022 SEC Preseason Poll: 3rd in East
  • Head Coach: Scott Stricklin (9th year)
  • Preseason Conference Honors:
    • SP Jonathan Cannon (2nd Team)
    • RP Jaden Woods (2nd Team)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Connor Tate (.354)
    • Runs: Ben Anderson (47)
    • Hits: Connor Tate (63)
    • Home Runs: Corey Collins (10)
    • RBI: Connor Tate (49)
    • Stolen Bases: Ben Anderson (9)
    • Wins: Jonathan Cannon (9)
    • Saves: Jack Gowen (10)
    • ERA (min. 20 IP): Jack Gowen (1.88)
    • WHIP (min. 20 IP): Jonathan Cannon (0.76)
    • Innings Pitched: Jonathan Cannon (64.1)


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

Fans are encouraged to download the My All App for their phones and devices this season. The app is available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and will allow fans to participate in in-game trivia, the custom filter selfie cam and more throughout the year.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Thursday’s series opener will receive free 1951 replica ‘shirseys.’


Friday SEC Block Parties will take place for ticketed fans on Pat Head Summitt Street for every Friday SEC contest (weather permitting). The area will only be accessible for fans with tickets to Friday’s game. This Friday’s block party will open at 3:30 p.m.

Friday’s SEC Block Parties will feature music, giveaways, face painting, food/beverage options, VolShop sales locations and Vol Network sponsor activations. Additionally, VFL Sterl the Pearl will join various SEC weekend games to add to the electricity in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Food, drink, and anything else acquired at the block party can be brought inside the stadium. Gates 10A and 11 will be open for fans to use to enter the stadium. Fans may come and go from stadium to the block party as they please.


Tennessee caps its five-game homestand with a midweek matchup against Belmont on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

-UT Athletics

Vols RHP Chase Dollander / Credit: UT Athletics