KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Baseball Time in Tennessee officially begins this weekend, as the Tennessee Volunteers visit the Memphis Tigers from Friday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 19 at FedEx Park.
Game Time & Broadcast Info
- Opponent: Memphis Tigers
- Dates: Friday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 19
- Game 1: 5 p.m. ET
- Game 2: 3 p.m. ET
- Game 3: 2 p.m. ET
- Venue: FedEx Park (Memphis, Tenn.)
- Radio: UTSports.com
Game 1 (W, 8-5)
Game 2 (L, 4-1)
Tennessee (1-1)Roster Schedule 2016 Final Stats
Memphis (1-1)Roster Schedule 2016 Final Stats
For the third consecutive year, the Vols open their season on the road. Following UT's Opening Weekend series in Memphis, the Big Orange heads west for a single-game matchup at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 22) before travelling to San Diego to participate in the Tony Gwynn Classic on Feb. 24-26.
After a four-game stint in California, the Volunteers will return to Knoxville for their first home series of the season vs. Norfolk State on March 3-5.
On the season, the Volunteers are scheduled to play 15 of their 55 regular season games against five 2016 NCAA postseason participants, including 2016 SEC Tournament Champion Texas A&M.
- Fri. Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. ET - RHP Hunter Martin (3-3, 2.03 ERA in 2016)vs. RHP Tyler Walton
- Sat. Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. ET - LHP Zach Warren (5-5, 4.04 ERA in 2016) vs. LHP Drew Crosby (0-2, 6.88 ERA IN 2016)
- Sun. Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. ET - RHP Will Neely (1-3, 3.96 ERA in 2016) vs. RHP Connor Alexander (2-7, 5.19 ERA IN 2016)
Tennessee vs. Memphis Series
- Overall: Memphis leads, 20-15
- In Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 11-4
- In Memphis: Memphis leads, 13-1
- Last 3-Game Series: 2016
- Last 10 Games: Tennessee leads, 6-4
- Last Meeting: Vols won, 5-2, in Chattanooga (2/21/16 at AT&T Field)
- Dave Serrano vs. Memphis: 4-1 since 2012; Includes first-ever UT win at Memphis (5/9/2012)
Tennessee heads to Memphis for the first three-game series between the schools on the west side of the state since 1981. The Tigers hold a 13-1 advantage over the Volunteers in games played in Memphis, including a three-game sweep of the 1981 series.
Memphis In The Meantime...
- This year, Memphis is looking to bounce back from a sixth-place finish in the American Athletic Conference following a 22-39 overall record.
- To begin their 2017 campaign, the Tigers play 14 of their first 16 games at home.
- The Tigers return a veteran pitching staff and lineup, featuring junior Connor Alexander and Colton Hathcock as anchors among the Memphis arms.
- Five seniors will look to make their offensive mark in the lineup, including infielders Andy Bowman, Brandon Grudzielanek, Zach Schritenthal and Trent Turner, along with Chris Carrier in the outfield.
- Grudzielanek, a Second Team All-Conference player in 2016, hit .292 with 32 RBI and 39 runs scored over 61 games last year, while Carrier enters the 2017 season with a preseason All-Conference nod from the AAC. In 55 games last year, he hit .280 and led the Tigers squad with 38 RBI and 45 runs scored.
The 2017 Volunteers
- The Vols' 2017 roster boasts 17 newcomers including 14 true freshmen, two JUCO transfers and one graduate transfer.
- Despite losing seven positional starters from the 2016 season, UT returns 18 lettermen including six true seniors.
- Senior Jeff Moberg returns to action following a season-ending knee injury on March 15 last year.
- Moberg played a career-best campaign over his first 16 games of the season, leading the NCAA and SEC with 28 runs scored, 1.75 runs scored per game, and ranking tied for second with nine doubles during that span. His .415 average also ranked T-4th in the SEC.
- Senior Jordan Rodgers returns to third base for the Vols, hitting .282 with 56 RBI as a junior in 2016.
- To begin SEC play last season, Rodgers led the NCAA in RBI and finished the year tied for fourth in the SEC with 56 RBI. On April 1, 2016 vs. Kentucky, he also became the third Vol in Tennessee history to hit for the cycle.
- Junior lefty Zach Warren led the Vols' pitching staff with a 5-5 record over 14 starts and 75.2 innings pitched in 2016 and pitched for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team over the summer, including a three-game stint in Taiwan.
- Kyle Serrano also looks to make his return to the mound following Tommy John surgery in March 2016. Prior to his injury last year, Serrano was listed as a Top 20 junior in the nation and is now rated as a Top 100 MLB Draft prospect by Baseball America.
Vols On The Preseason Charts
- Top 100 College Draft Prospects: Zach Warren (No. 64) and Kyle Serrano (No. 93)
- 2017 Top 20 SEC Prospects: Zach Warren (No. 17)
- 2017 Top SEC Freshmen: Zach Linginfelter (No. 5)
- Top 200 Starting Pitchers: Zach Warren (No. 35) and Will Neely (No. 186)
- Top 50 Relief Pitchers: Kyle Serrano (No. 28) and Hunter Martin (No. 42)
- Top 50 College Catchers: Benito Santiago (No. 28)]
- Top 50 Second Basemen: Jeff Moberg (No. 24)
- Top 50 Third Baseman: Jordan Rodgers (No. 24)
- Top 150 Outfielders: Brodie Leftridge (No. 31) and Justin Ammons (No. 132)
- Top 100 College Freshman Prospects: Zach Linginfelter (No. 18), Garrett Stallings (No. 54) and Pete Derkay (No. 57)
- Top 30 SEC Draft Prospects: Zach Warren (No. 12), Brodie Leftridge (No. 16) and Kyle Serrano (No. 29)
- Impact Freshmen in SEC: Zach Linginfelter (No. 9), Garrett Stallings (No. 25) and Pete Derkay (No. 26)
All The Way From Memphis
- UT has a handful of connections to the Memphis area and Memphis Baseball program, with former Tigers standout Chad Zurcher now serving as the Vols' director of baseball operations.
- Joining UT's staff this season is Volunteer Assistant Coach Chase Sain, also a former Memphis coach and player. From 2011-13, Sain coached as a student assistant and earned three varsity letters as a catcher for the Tigers before graduating in 2013.
- Tennessee senior infielder Jordan Rodgers (Memphis University School) and freshman outfielder Justin Ammons (Bartlett High School) will see familiar faces in the crowd this weekend, both claiming Memphis as their hometown.
- Memphis coach Clay Greene also spent three seasons at Tennessee as an assistant, helping guide the Volunteers to the College World Series in 2005. Prior to his coaching career, Greene also played for Tennessee from 1996-97 and spent four seasons playing professionally in the San Francisco farm system.
- As a Vol, Greene helped Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 1996 and 1997. The centerfielder led the nation and set a then-school-record with 54 stolen bases during his senior campaign.
2016 Season Recap
- Tennessee finished its 2016 season with a 29-28 record (9-21 in SEC) and clinched a postseason bid to the SEC Baseball Tournament for the third consecutive year. The tournament berth marked the first time for the Volunteers to appear in the league's postseason tournament in three straight seasons (2014-16) since 1995-97, previously as part of the SEC's six-team and eight-team playoff formats.
- The Vols turned an SEC-leading 58 double plays in 2016 and finished the season 13th in the country in double plays turned per game.
- Tennessee was also the only SEC team to have three players with more than 50 RBI to end the season, including Cincinnati Reds first-round pick Nick Senzel, St. Louis Cardinals' 14th-round pick Vincent Jackson and returning senior infielder Jordan Rodgers.
- Following the Detroit Tigers' first-round selection of Christin Stewart in 2015 and Cincy's second-overall selection of Senzel in 2016, the Vol Baseball program witnessed back-to-back first round picks for the first time since 2005-06.
On Deck for the Vols
Following UT's Opening Weekend series in Memphis, the Big Orange heads west for a single-game matchup at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif. (Feb. 22) before travelling to San Diego to participate in the Tony Gwynn Classic on Feb. 24-26.