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BSB PREVIEW: #2 Vols & Colonels Set for Midweek Clash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 2 Tennessee plays host to Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the final non-conference matchup before starting SEC play this weekend.

The Vols are coming off a 5-0 week after a midweek sweep over James Madison and a series sweep against Rhode Island over the weekend. UT has won seven straight entering Tuesday’s midweek clash with the Colonels.

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 tickets and single-game tickets for SEC contests are SOLD OUT. Single-game tickets for all remaining non-conference home games can be purchased at AllVols.com or by calling the Tennessee Athletic ticket office at 865-656-1200.

Single-game tickets 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 contest with be streamed live on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app with Andy Brock (PxP) calling the action. The online broadcast 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 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 (1-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. LHP Isaac Milburn (0-0, 3.09 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Tennessee leads, 31-4
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 19-2
In Richmond: Tennessee leads, 3-0
Neutral Sites: 0-0
Last Meeting: W, 10-1 (April 6, 2021)

The Vols won both meetings against the Colonels last season and have won four straight in the series.

NOTABLE

Climbing in the Polls

The Vols continued their climb in the rankings after going 5-0 last week. Tennessee is ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this week (Collegiate Baseball News) in the polls that have been released so far. UT’s No. 2 ranking is tied for the highest ever in program history. Tennessee enters the week ranked in the top 10 of all six major polls.

Dickey Does It Again

For the second time this season, Jared Dickey He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after another impressive week at the plate for the Big Orange. The redshirt freshman led the SEC in hits (11), runs scored (11) and total bases (25) while also tying for the SEC lead with one triple. Dickey had four multi-hit games and recorded at least one base hit in all five of the Vols’ games last week, helping lead them to a perfect 5-0 record.

The Mount Juliet, Tennessee, native tied his career high with three hits twice and had his first-career two-homer game in Wednesday’s victory over James Madison, helping UT tie its single-game program record for home runs with seven. Dickey has reached base in 14 straight games and is tied for the team lead with seven multi-hit games this season. He has recorded at least one hit in 13 of the 15 games he has played in this year. Dickey was also honored by Collegiate Baseball News as one of the publication’s 16 National Players of the Week on Monday.

Strikeout Kings
Tennessee’s pitching staff has been racking up the strikeouts so far this season. Vols’ pitchers totaled 60 strikeouts over their five games last week, including 15 in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against Rhode Island. UT’s pitching staff has recorded double-digit strikeouts in 12 of its 16 games this season and ranks fifth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (12.1).



Welcome to KNOCKSville
The Vols hit 13 more home runs last week to increase their NCAA-leading total to 43. Tennessee tied its single-game program record with seven long balls in Wednesday’s 10-2 victory over James Madison. Those seven homers came from six different players.


The Big Orange have homered at least once in 15 of its 17 games this season and have hit multiple home runs 10 times already this year. In total, 13 different players have gone deep this season and 12 of those players have hit multiple homers.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

  • Record: 11-6 (0-0 ASUN)
  • 2021 Postseason: N/A
  • 2022 Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll: 8th
  • Head Coach: Chris Prothro (2nd Season)
  • Preseason Honors:

    • LHP Will Brian (NCBWA Preseason All-American, Preseason All-ASUN)

  • Stat Leaders:

    • Batting Avg: Logan Thomason (.351)
    • Runs: Logan Thomason (16)
    • Hits: Logan Thomason (20)
    • Home Runs: Three players tied (3)
    • RBI: Will King (20)
    • Stolen Bases: Conner Davis/Jalen Jones (3)
    • Wins: Niko Leontarakis (3)
    • Saves: Will Brian (6)
    • ERA (min. 1 IP/G): Niko Leontarakis (1.50)
    • Innings Pitched: Niko Leontarakis (18.0)
    • Strikeouts: Rese Brown (27)

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.

Friday SEC Fan Fest
Starting with this Friday’s SEC opener against South Carolina, an exciting new area will be in place for fans this season. “Friday SEC Fan Fest” will take place for ticketed fans on Pat Head Summitt Street for every Friday SEC contest.

Friday Fan Fests will feature music, giveaways, 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 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

ON DECK

The Vols begin conference play with a home series against South Carolina at Lindsey nelson Stadium. The series opener is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 pm Saturday’s game will start at noon and Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 pm

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