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BSB PREVIEW: #1 Vols Host #24 Bama in Ranked Teams Weekend Showdown

Knoxville, Tenn. – No. 1/1 Tennessee and No. 24/24 Alabama will face off in a ranked teams battle this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols will look to continue their record-breaking start to conference play. UT became the first team in SEC history to start the championship game 12-0 after sweeping Missouri last weekend.

The Crimson Tide will present a tough challenge as they enter the series playing their best baseball of the season, having won seven straight after sweeping Ole Miss on the road last weekend.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

For the most up-to-date game day information regarding Tennessee baseball, please visit our Gameday Central page by clicking HERE. The Gameday Central baseball page has information on tickets, parking, stadium policies and more.

TICKET INFORMATION

Season and single tickets for all remaining home games are SALE. Limited standing room will go on sale for all games 90 minutes before the first pitch at the Lindsey Nelson Stadium box office.

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

In order to keep Lindsey Nelson Stadium as full as possible, we encourage season ticket holders who cannot use their tickets for one or more games to transfer their tickets to someone else (instructions HERE).

BROADCAST INFORMATION

This weekend’s series will air live digitally on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app. Bob Kesling (PxP) and VFL Todd Helton (analyst) will have the call for all three contests.

Online streams can be accessed on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN app or online at espn.com/watch.

Fans can also listen to the voice of Tennessee baseball John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara calling the game on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) as well as on UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics app.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE/PROJECTED DEPARTURE LAUNCHERS

Game 1 – Friday April 15 (6:30 p.m.)

HPR Drive away the burns (6-0, 1.51 ERA) vs. RHP Garrett McMillan (3-2, 2.79 ERA)

Game 2 – Saturday, April 16 (6 p.m.)
HPR Chase Dollander (6-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob McNairy (4-0, 5.73 ERA)

Game 3 – Sunday, April 17 (1 p.m.)
HPR Drew Beam (7-0, 1.14 ERA) vs. LHP Grayson Hitt (3-0, 2.78 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Alabama leads, 77-42
At Knoxville: Alabama leads, 25-22
At Tuscaloosa: Alabama leads, 46-18
Neutral sites: Alabama leads, 6-2
Last meeting: W, 11-0 at 7 Inn. (05/28/21 in Hoover, Alabama)

The Vols and Crimson Tide played five times last season — three games at Tuscaloosa and two SEC Tournament meetings at Hoover — with UT winning three of the five matchups.

NOTABLE

Achievements Against Ranked Enemies

Tennessee has played some of its best baseball against top 25 teams, going 6-1 against ranked opponents this season, earning a pair of sweeps over top 10 foes Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Since Tony Vitello took over as head coach in 2018, the Vols recorded 39 wins over ranked foes, including 20 wins over top-10 ranked teams 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 39-39 and UT has won 11 series against ranked teams during his tenure.

Chasing the story

With Missouri’s sweep last weekend, Tennessee became the first team in SEC baseball history to start conference play 12-0, surpassing the previous record of 11-0 held by LSU (1991), Ole Miss (1964) and Alabama (1940).

The Vols are now chasing the SEC record for most consecutive wins, which is 17 held by the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2000 and the Vols’ team record in 1994.

Crossed Kings

UT’s pitching staff has recorded an impressive number of strikeouts this season, leading the SEC in total strikeouts (386) while ranking third nationally with 11.8 strikeouts per nine. sleeves this season.

Second year RHP Chase Dollander leads the SEC with 70 punches and ranks 12and nationally with 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings. Friday night entry Drive away the burns also ranks sixth in the league with 57 Ks.

Flight cleaning crew

Tennessee recorded its seventh series sweep this season after taking care of business against Missouri last weekend. UT’s seven sweeping series are tied for the most in a single season in program history (7 in 1994).

Not counting tournaments, the Vols have recorded 19 series sweeps since 2018 when Tony Vitello took over as head coach.

Scans of series by year under Vitello

2022: 7 | 2021: 5 | 2020: 2 | 2019: 3 | 2018: 2

ADVERSARY SCOUT

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Record: 22-12 (7-5 ​​SEC)
  • 2021 post-season: NCAA Ruston Regional
  • SEC 2022 Pre-Season Poll: 5th West
  • The Head Coach: Brad Bohannon (5th year)
  • Pre-Season Conference Honors: N / A
  • Heads of statistics:
    • Batting average: Tommy Seidl (.331)
    • Races: Andrew Pinckney (30)
    • Hits: Tied three (40)
    • Home runs: Zane Denton (9)
    • RBI: Zane Denton (32)
    • Stolen bases: Tommy Seidl (9)
    • Wins: Jacob McNairy (4)
    • Stops: Dylan Ray (3)
    • ERA (min. 15 IP): Hunter Hoopes (1.59)
    • WHIP (min. 15 IP): Garrett McMillan (0.68)
    • Innings pitched: Garrett McMillan (48.1)
    • Strikeouts: Garrett McMillan (51)

GAME PROMOTIONS

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 quizzes, selfie camera with custom filter and more throughout the year .

NEW AT LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM

With palpable excitement surrounding the program, Lindsey Nelson Stadium has added new and improved seating areas and fan amenities to increase capacity and provide a better fan experience this season.

One of the first things fans will see when they arrive is an additional deck of porches behind the left field wall as well as a new chair-back seated bleacher along the left field line.

All porches for the 2022 season are sold out, however, left field bleachers will be sold as general admission seating. Additional food and drink options will be located adjacent to the new bleachers throughout the year. For SEC games, a VolShop location and food trucks will also be located in this area.

UT has removed the playing field along the right field line and renamed the area “The Deck,” which will include a standing room area for UT students while providing additional concession options to help clear congestion in the main hall. To enhance the game day experience, a Petro’s Chili & Chips, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Gameday Sausage kiosk, and new beer kiosk have been added to the deck area.

Vol fans can pick up Coca-Cola, popcorn, and beer from the Plaza kiosks located down the first base line. The VolShop will also have hats and merchandise available in the Plaza. The Fan Experience Hub, your one-stop-shop for game schedules, posters, schedule cards, contest information and more, will also be located in the Plaza area.

Tennessee MVP season ticket holders will also be greeted with an all-new, completely renovated MVP room this season.

Friday SEC Block Parties
SEC Fridays Block Parties will be held for ticketed fans on Pat Head Summitt Street for each SEC Friday contest (weather permitting). The area will only be accessible to fans with tickets for Friday’s game.

Friday’s SEC Block parties will include music, giveaways, face paint, food/drink options, VolShop outlets and Vol Network sponsor activations. Additionally, VFL Sterl the Pearl will join various SEC weekend games to add some electricity to Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Food, drinks and anything acquired during the block party can be brought inside the stadium. Gates 10A and 11 will be open for supporters to enter the stadium. Fans can come and go from the stadium to the block party as they please.

ON THE BRIDGE

The Vols host Bellarmine in Knoxville for a midweek game on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Gainesville to face Florida next weekend.