Feb. 20, 2009
After kicking off the 2009 baseball season with the 17th annual Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet, fans and the team alike are ready for the games to begin. The Volunteers-led by second-year head coach Todd Raleigh-open their 100th season of varsity action with a three-game home series against No. 25 Oregon State at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are set for 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
The Tennessee All-Century team will be honored during Friday's game and former Vol and Major League player and manager will throw out the first pitch after having his No. 18 retired at Thursday's banquet.
Taking the mound for the Volunteers Friday will be junior left-hander Nick Hernandez. The Hialeah, Fla., native finished the 2008 season with a 2-5 record with a 5.16 ERA. He threw 83.2 innings last season to lead all returners. On the hill for the OSU will be sophomore left-hander Tanner Robles. Robles finished his freshman campaign with a 3-2 record and 6.31 ERA.
Sophomore Bryan Mordago gets the start for the Vols Saturday against sophomore right-hander Tyler Waldron of Oregon State. Morgado finished last season with a 5-5 record in his first year of pitching for the Vols. And Sunday's series finale marks the debut of Tennessee junior right-hander Stephen McCray. Sophomore right-hander Greg Peavy will take the mound for the Beavers.
This is the first meeting between these two teams. The Vols are 64-33-2 all-time in season openers.