BSB PREVIEW: #1 Square Off Flights with Notre Dame in Super Regionals
The Volunteers are looking to earn their ticket to a second consecutive College World Series and must win two games in the series to do so.
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.
Tickets for this weekend’s regional are sold out. A limited number of standing places will be available at the Lindsey Nelson Stadium box office 90 minutes before each session.
PARKING INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSURES
In order to eliminate heavy traffic and promote a safe environment for all fans and staff attending this weekend’s regional, road closures will be in effect for the duration of the tournament. The closures will take effect at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, June 3 and will only be accessible with a valid NCAA parking pass.
Chamique Holdsclaw Dr. and Todd Helton Dr. will be closed from the intersection of Chamique Holdsclaw Dr. and Lake Loudon Blvd. at Todd Helton Dr. and lot GF4 entrance.
Pat Head Street Summitt will also be closed past the G16 garage entrance. Fan parking will be located in the following areas: S23 behind Haslam School of Music – as well as C8, C6, C22 and G16. Additional street parking is located along West Volunteer Blvd. Please plan to use alternate terrain as needed during this event.
An updated parking map for this weekend can be viewed HERE (PDF).
All weekend will air with Tom Hart (PxP) and Kyle Peterson (analyst) on the call. Friday’s series opener will air on ESPN2 while Saturday’s contest will appear on flagship channel ESPN. Sunday’s game, if needed, will have a determined channel if necessary, based on the results of games 1 and 2.
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.
New Vol Network Radio Affiliates
The Vol Network had added several radio affiliates to broadcast Tennessee baseball’s remaining SEC games this season. The full list of new affiliates is below. Please check your local listings before each weekend to see which games will air on each station.
Bristol: WOPI (FM 98.1, AM 1490)
Camden: WRJB (FM 95.9)
Chattanooga: WFLI (FM 97.7, FM 100.3, AM 1070)
Cleveland: The Buzz (FM 101.3)
Cookville: WKXD (FM 104.7)
Town of Johnson: WKPT (FM 94.3, AM 1590)
Kingsport: WKTP (FM 97.7, AM 1400)
Lawrenceburg: WWLX (FM 106.1, FM 93.1, AM 590)
Muscle Shoals, Alabama: WSBM (FM 97.9, AM 1340)
Nashville: WGFX (FM 104.5 The Zone)
Oneida: WBNT (FM 105.5)
Pulasky: WKSR (FM 107.7, FM 100.9, AM 1420)
Wartburg: WECO (FM 101.3)
WEEKEND SCHEDULE/PROJECTED DEPARTURE LAUNCHERS
Game 1 – Friday, May 10 (6 p.m.)
HPR Tidwell Blade (3-1, 2.00 ERA) vs. RHP Austin Temple (4-1, 3.46 ERA)
Game 2 – Saturday, May 11 (2 p.m.)
HPR Chase Dollander (9-0, 2.38 ERA) vs LHP John Michael Bertrand (9-2, 2.27 ERA)
Match 3 – Sunday, May 12 (TBD)
TBD versus TBD
Overall: Tennessee leads, 4-2
in Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 3-1
in South Bend: N/A
on neutral sites: tied series, 1-1
Last meeting: L, 3-2 on March 1, 2013 (Cary, North Carolina)
Tennessee will host Notre Dame in Knoxville for the first time since 1966. In the 1966 season, the Vols had a double ND sweep in a pair of seven-inning contests.
HOME SWEET HOME FOR ME
Tennessee has won its last 12 NCAA postseason games in Knoxville, its last playoff loss to Rocky Top came in 2001 when it fell to Wake Forest in the first regional final, 10-3 . In its last 19 NCAA playoff games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, the Vols are 18-1, dating back to 1995, the year UT made its second Omaha appearance. The Vols started 4-4 in NCAA playoff games at home prior to the 1995 season.
The Volunteers have never lost a super regional game since the format was first held in 1999. Tennessee is 6-0 in that span.
Tennessee has racked up a number of impressive playoff accolades, both in the SEC and nationally:
Dick Howser Trophy finalist – Trey Lip Comb
College Baseball Co-Freshman of the Year – Drive away the burns
NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist – Redmond Walsh
SEC Coach of the Year – Tony Vitello
DRY pitcher of the year – Chase Dollander
SEC Freshman of the Year – Drew Beam
SEC Tournament MVP – Drew Gilbert
NCAA Knoxville Regional MOP – Jorel Ortega
Collegiate Baseball All-America Teams CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams All-SEC SEC All-Tournament NCAA Knoxville Regional All-Tournament
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Registration: 38-14 (16-11 CPA)
- The Head Coach: Jarrett Link (10th season)
- Post-Season Conference Honors:
- All-ACC First Team
- LHP John Michael Bertrand
- All-ACC Third Team
- All-ACC First Team
- Heads of statistics:
- Batting average: David LaManna (.359)
- Races: Carter Putz (49)
- Success: Carter Putz (71)
- Home runs: Jack Zyska/Brooks Coetzee (11)
- RBI: C. Putz/J. Brannigan/B. Coetzee (42)
- Stolen bases: Ryan Cole (20)
- Wins: John Michael Bertrand (9)
- Saves: Ryan McLinsky/Alex Rao (3)
- ERA (min. 25 IP): Jack Findlay (2.11)
- WHIP (min. 25 IP): John Michael Bertrand (1.03)
- Innings pitched: John Michael Bertrand (99.0)
- Strikeouts: John Michael Bertrand (103)
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 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.
Great Orange Watch Party
Tennessee Athletics will host a Big Orange Watch Party for this weekend’s NCAA Knoxville Super Regional games against Notre Dame.
The lookout portion will be located in the green space just beyond the outside wall on the Lindsey Nelson Stadium right field line between parking lots GF1 and GF2. CLICK HERE (PDF) for a map showing the location.
The new location for this year’s watch party is due to the current construction of Haslam Field as well as the closure of Pat Head Summitt Street to create the extended concourse for ticketed fans.
This weekend’s watch party will include a live broadcast of a game on the big screen, tailgate games, a cheering rally with the Tennessee Spirit Squads, DJ Sterl the Pearl, food trucks, paint facial, a VolShop merchandise stand and more.
More details on the watch party are listed below:
- Starts 90 minutes before the first pitch each day
- Friday at 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
- Sunday to be determined (if necessary)
- FREE ENTRANCE
- Chairs, blankets, etc. will be allowed. Coolers, glass bottles and glass containers are prohibited.
Parking Information for Big Orange Watch Party
Fans attending the Big Orange Watch Party are encouraged to park for free at the G-7 Garage located at 2401 Volunteer Blvd. and walk down Volunteer Boulevard to Todd Helton Drive to access Watch Party.
Additional parking will be located in lots GF5 through GF9 located on Fraternity Park Drive, which are located adjacent to Volunteer Boulevard. Fans who park on Fraternity Park Drive can use the sidewalk between Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi to access the watch party.
ON THE BRIDGE
If Tennessee won the Knoxville Super Regional, it would qualify for the 2022 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting the following weekend.