BSB PREVIEW: Vols host No. 3 James Madison to pitch 10 home games

Knoxville, Tenn. – Tennessee’s No. 3 returns to Lindsey Nelson Stadium after his weekend in Houston to kick off a 10-game home game with a pair of midweek matches against James Madison on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

The Vols are coming off a 2-1 performance at the Shriners Children’s College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston, where they finished with a pair of wins over Baylor and Oklahoma after opening the tournament with a loss to Texas, highest ranked.

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

Game tickets 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

Tuesday and Wednesday’s games will be shown on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app with Andy Brock calling for action. The online stream 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 John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara’s live audio call on UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics app.

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Tennessee leads, 3-2
In Knoxville: JMU leads, 2-1
At Harrisonburg: 0-0
Neutral sites: UT leads, 2-0
Last meeting: L, 21-2 (March 7, 2018)

The Vols and Dukes shared a two-game midweek series in Knoxville the last time the two programs met in 2018.

NOTABLE

Rise in the polls

After another successful week, the Vols continued their rise in the national polls. Tennessee is ranked third in the nation this week (Collegiate Baseball News) in polls that have been released. UT moved up seven spots to No. 10 in D1Baseball.com’s Top 25 and moved up five spots to No. 11 in Baseball America’s poll.

Vols likes the long ball

After blasting six more home runs last week, Tennessee enters Week 4 of the season with an NCAA-leading 30 long balls in 11 games. The Vols have had 12 different players this season, including 11 who have hit multiple home runs. UT also leads the nation in slugging percentage (.721) coming into play this week.

Another day, another shutout

With Sunday’s 8-0 shutout of Oklahoma, the Vols recorded their fourth shutout of the season, which is the highest in the nation this week. Tennessee posted just three shutouts all last season and had just one in the regular season.

Heading into Tuesday’s game, UT’s pitching staff ranks seventh nationally in the ERA (1.69), first in hits allowed per nine innings (5.06), fourth in strikeout ratio (4.68), fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (12.3) and second in WHIP (0.85).

children can play

While Tennessee has had contributions from nearly its entire roster so far this season, its freshman class has been outstanding to start the year. The Vols Weekend Rookie Pair Drive away the burns and Drew Beam have been extinguished in each of their three starts this year.

Burns held the top-ranked Longhorns to just two hits and a run in five innings while setting a career-high 10 strikeouts Friday night, while Beam also allowed just two hits and had a career-high six strikeouts in five shutout innings in UT’s 8. -0 win against Oklahoma on Sunday. Beam is yet to allow a run in three starts (11.1 RP) this season, while Burns has allowed just one earned run in 15.0 innings.

True first-year players Christian Moore and Blake Burk provided some highlights over the weekend. Moore started at DH and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in Sunday’s win over Oklahoma. Moore also hit an inside-the-park home run, the first since Zach Daniels hit one in a win over Texas Tech on Feb. 21, 2020, at the Round Rock Classic. Burke hit a home run late in Sunday’s win over the Sooners, his second long ball of the year.

ADVERSARY SCOUT

James Madison Dukes

  • Disk: 8-4 (0-0 AAC)
  • 2021 post-season: N / A
  • CAA 2022 pre-season survey: 5and
  • The Head Coach: David Pierce (6and season)
  • Pre-season honours:
    • DE Christian DeLauter: Preseason All-American (multiple outlets), Golden Spikes Award Watch List, All-CAA Team.
    • RHP Liam Grubbs: NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, All-CAA HM
    • OF Carson Bell: All-CAA HM
    • DH Kyle Novak: All-CAA HM

  • Heads of statistics:
    • Batting average: Chase DeLauter (.459)
    • Races: Trevon Dabney (22)
    • Hits: Chase DeLauter/Trevon Dabney (17)
    • Home runs: Trevon Dabney (5)
    • RBI: Chase DeLauter/Trevon Dabney (18)
    • Stolen bases: Travis Reifsnider (5)
    • Wins: Liam McDonnell (3)
    • Saves: Liam Grubbs (1)
    • ERA (min. 1 IP/G): Eight players tied (0.00)
    • Innings pitched: Liam McDonnell (13.0)
    • Strikeouts: Donovan Burke (17)

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 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 Fan Fest
Starting with the SEC opener on March 18 against South Carolina, an exciting new zone will be set up for fans this season. “Friday SEC Fan Fest” will be held for ticketed fans on Pat Head Summitt Street for each SEC Friday contest.

Fan Fest Fridays will feature music, giveaways, 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.

ON THE BRIDGE

The Vols host Rhode Island for a three-game series this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The first pitch for Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. All three matches will be broadcast live on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app.

Tickets for all three home games this weekend are available at AllVols.com.

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