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BSB PREVIEW: #1 Vols Square Off Against Bellarmine on Tuesday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Top-ranked Tennessee hosts Bellarmine for its lone home game this week on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. First pitch between the Vols and Knights is set for 6:30 pm

The Vols are coming off another series win last weekend, taking two of three games from No. 24 Alabama after dropping the series opener on Friday night.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

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.

TICKET INFORMATION

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).

 

BROADCAST INFO

Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Andy Brock calling the action. The online broadcasts 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 call the game on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) as well as UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics App.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

LHP Zander Sechrist (2-0, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Drew Buhr (0-2, 6.00 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: First Meeting
In Knoxville: 0-0
In Louisville: 0-0
Neutral Sites: 0-0
Last Meeting: N/A

Tuesday will mark the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and Bellarmine, who is in the midst of its second season of Division I competition after transitioning from Division II following the 2020 season.

NOTABLE

Ortega Named SEC Player of the Week

UT second baseman Jorel Ortega was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after ranking among the league leaders in a handful of offensive categories. Ortega led the SEC with a .563 batting average for the week and also tied for the league lead with nine hits, recording at least one base knock in all four games played and three multi-hit performances. He also tied for second in the SEC with six runs scored last week, scoring at least once in every game. His 17 total bases ranked third in the conference, as well.

Ortega is the second Vols to earn SEC Player of the Week honors this season, joining fellow infielder Trey Lipscomb. For more info on Ortega’s weekly honor, click HERE.

More SEC Benchmarks

With Sunday’s win over Alabama, the Vols improved to 14-1 in SEC play and won their fifth straight series against conference foes this year. Tennessee joined elite company with its 14-1 SEC start, becoming just the sixth team all time to achieve that feat and the first since Vanderbilt in 2013. UT was actually the first program to reach that mark, doing so in 1951. That squad was the only one ever to start 16-1 in SEC play.

Lipscomb Putting Up Monster Numbers

Senior third baseman Trey Lipscomb has put together a breakout season and ranks among the nation’s top hitters this year. After homering twice and driving in five runs in Sunday’s win over the Tide, Lipscomb now ranks third in the nation with 57 RBIs and five nationally with 15 long balls. Lipscomb also leads the SEC in both of those categories as well as total bases (111) and has driven in at least five runs in three different games this season, while no other Vol has done so more than once.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Bellarmine Knights

  • Record: 7-28 (5-10 ASUN)
  • 2021 Postseason: N/A
  • 2022 ASUN Preseason Poll: 11th
  • Head Coach: Larry Owens (9th year)
  • Preseason Conference Honors:

    • OF Matt Higgins (1st team)

  • Stat Leaders:

    • Batting Avg: Matt Higgins (.356)
    • Runs: Matt Higgins (40)
    • Hits: Matt Higgins (48)
    • Home Runs: Matt Higgins (12)
    • RBI: Matt Higgins (43)
    • Stolen Bases: Matt Higgins (13)
    • Wins: Braunecker/Pender (2)
    • Saves: Ecklar/Parrish (1)
    • ERA (min. 15 IP): Gavin Braunecker (4.50)
    • WHIP (min. 15 IP): Gavin Braunecker (1.35)
    • Innings Pitched: Nolan Pender (56.1)
    • Strikeouts: Gavin Braunecker (44)

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 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.

NEW TO LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM

With a palpable excitement surrounding the program, Lindsey Nelson Stadium has added some 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 upon arriving is an additional deck of porches behind the left-field wall as well as new chair-back bleacher seating down the left-field line.

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

UT has removed the playground down the right-field line and re-branded the area as “The Deck”, which will feature a standing room only area for UT’s students while also providing additional concessions options to help negate congestion throughout the main concourse. In order to enhance the gameday experience, a Petro’s Chili & Chips, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Gameday Sausage kiosk and a new beer kiosk have been added to the deck area.

Vol fans can look for Coca-Cola, popcorn and beer at kiosks on the Plaza located down the first-base line. The VolShop will have hats and merchandise available on the Plaza, as well. The Fan Experience Hub, your one-stop shop for game programs, posters, schedule cards, contest info and more, will also be located in the Plaza area.

Tennessee’s MVP season-ticket holders will also be greeted with a brand new, completely renovated MVP Room this season.

ON DECK

The Vols head south down to Gainesville, Florida for a weekend series against the Gators starting Friday at 6:30 pm ET.

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