KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 24-ranked Tennessee Baseball is slated for back-to-back midweek matchups this week, traveling to the mid-state on Tuesday, March 14 to face MTSU at 5 p.m. ET before returning home for a Wednesday, March 15 contest hosting Austin Peay at 3 p.m. ET.
Game Times & Broadcast Info
- Opponent: MTSU Blue Raiders
- Date: Postponed
- Venue: Reese Smith Jr. Field (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Radio: UTSports.com
- Live Stats:TBA
Game Times & Broadcast Info
- Opponent: Austin Peay State Governors
- Date: Wednesday, March 15
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Venue: Lindsey Nelson Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Radio: UTSports.com
- Live Stats:UTSports.com
#24 Tennessee (11-2)Roster Schedule 2017 Stats
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NOTE: Due to expected inclement weather in the area, No. 24-ranked Tennessee Baseball's midweek matchup at MTSU slated for Tuesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. ET was postponed. No makeup date has been set or released at this time.
Also due to expected weather changes in Knoxville this week, Tennessee's home game vs. Austin Peay set for Wednesday, March 15 was moved to a 3 p.m. ET start (previously, 6 p.m. ET).
Entering their midweek games, the Volunteers (11-2) look to continue their best season start since the 2014 campaign, when UT began the year 12-0. This week, the Vols climbed in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top 30 to earn the No. 24 spot, its highest ranking since 2014.
The Vols completed a sweep of a Saturday doubleheader last weekend vs. Cincinnati (6-8) to win the series on Rocky Top.
As a team, Tennessee's offense has recorded double-digit hits in nine of its 13 games and has scored first against its opponents in 10 of 13 games this season.
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.
- Tues. March 14 at MTSU - RHP Will Neely (1-0, 4.91 ERA) vs. TBD
- Wed. March 15 vs. Austin Peay - RHP Connor Darling (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBD
#24 Tennessee at MTSU
- All-time vs. MTSU: UT leads, 35-23
- In Murfreesboro: UT leads, 17-7
- Last 10 Games: MTSU leads, 6-4
- Last Meeting: Vols won, 4-2, in Murfreesboro (4/19/16)
- Win Streak: Tennessee holds a two-game win streak, dating back to March 29, 2016
- Dave Serrano vs. MTSU: 3-5 since 2012
#24 Tennessee vs. Austin Peay
- All-time vs. Austin Peay: UT leads, 19-4
- In Knoxville: UT leads, 16-4
- Last 10 Games: UT leads, 8-2
- Last Meeting: Vols won, 3-0, in Knoxville (3/17/15)
- Win Streak: Tennessee holds a two-game win streak, dating back to March 18, 2014
- Dave Serrano vs. Austin Peay: 2-1 since 2013
Vols Climb to CBN's No. 24
- After breaking into Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top 30 last week at No. 25, a series win over Cincinnati on Rocky Top pushed the Volunteers to a No. 24 spot on CBN's Top 30 poll this week (March 13).
- The ranking marks UT's highest regular-season ranking since the 2014 squad was tabbed No. 21 on April 14, 2014 by Perfect Game.
- Prior to last week, CBN last ranked Tennessee during regular season play on March 17, 2014 as the No. 14 team in the nation.
Blue Raider Rundown
- MTSU (8-8) returns home to Reese Smith Jr. Field from a five-game road trip to host the Vols on Tuesday, having most-recently dropped two of three games at Indiana last weekend.
- In the Sunday series finale at Indiana, MTSU's bats fell cold as the Hoosiers produced a 6-0 shutout win to take the series in Bloomington, Ind.
- MTSU's veteran lineup includes senior shortstop Riley Delgado, who came into 2017 as the No. 26-rated shortstop in the country. Through MTSU's 16 games, he's hitting a team-best .333. Delgado was named First-Team All-Conference in 2016, along with being a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (nation's best shortstop).
- On the mound, Carson Lester, Devin Conn and Jake Wyrick have each started four games for MTSU this year, while Tyler Holcombe has shored up the bullpen corps, recording four saves in his seven appearances in 2017.
The Governor Status
- Austin Peay State (9-6) gets a two-day rest before heading to Rocky Top, having walked off in the 14th inning of their Sunday contest to complete a three-game sweep against Ohio Valley Conference foe Jacksonville State (March 10-12).
- Designated hitter Alex Robles' two-out, solo home run in the 14th gave Austin Peay its first walk-off win since May 12, 2014 against UT Martin.
- Prior to Sunday's victory, the Govs had not won a game in which they had trailed at any point this season.
- Austin Peay ended its opening week of OVC play tied atop the conference standings with Tennessee Tech and Morehead State.
- Dre Gleason leads the Govs through 15 games, hitting at a .431 clip with 24 RBI, while Robles now has four homers and a .389 average to begin Wednesday's game.
- Robles - a two-way player - has also started four games for Austin Peay, alongside Caleb Powell, Michael Costanzo and Josh Rye. Rye owns a 3-0 record with a 1.26 ERA, the best of any Govs starter through 15 games.
No. 24 Tennessee on [Rocky] Top
UT on NCAA charts (as of March 12):
- Team Batting Average: T-17th (.323)
- Team ERA: 25th (2.77)
- Team Hits: 19th (182)
- Team On Base Percentage: 32nd (.404)
- Team Slugging Percentage: 28th (.480)
- Team WL Pct: 11th (.846)
- Team Walks Allowed/Nine Innings: 10th (2.54)
- Team WHIP: 15th (1.09)
- Team Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: T-18th (3.33)
- Jeff Moberg: .455 average (16th), 1.92 hits per game (9th), .38 home runs per game (T-27th), .516 OBP (T-45th), 1.31 runs per game (T-28th), .836 SLG (12th), 46 total bases (T-20th)
- Andre Lipcius: .54 doubles per game (T-27th)
- Garrett Stallings: 0.92 ERA (47th), 11.00 K/BB ratio (T-23rd), 0.71 WHIP (27th)
As a team, Tennessee ranks among the SEC's Top 5 in the following categories (as of March 12):
- Team Batting Average: 4th (.323)
- Team Slugging Percentage: 5th (.480)
- Team Triples: T-3rd (5)
- Team ERA: 5th (2.77)
- Runners Picked Off: T-5th (2)
- Fewest Hits Allowed: 2nd (95)
- Fewest Runs Allowed: 1st (44)
- Fewest Earned Runs Allowed: 1st (36)
- Fewest Walks Allowed: 1st (33)
- Fewest Home Runs Allowed: T-2nd (5)
Vols rank among the SEC's Top 15 in the following categories (as of March 12):
- Jeff Moberg: .455 average (2nd), .836 SLG (1st), .516 OBP (4th), 17 runs scored (T-8th), 25 hits (T-8th), five home runs (T-2nd) and 46 total bases (3rd)
- Jordan Rodgers: .392 average (12th), .608 SLG (10th), .477 OBP (15th), 14 RBI (T-9th), three home runs (T-6th) and 29 total bases (T-11th)
- Justin Ammons: six doubles (T-8th)
- Pete Derkay: .473 OBP (12th)
- Andre Lipcius: .475 OBP (T-10th), seven doubles (T-3rd)
- Benito Santiago: two triples (T-3rd)
- Hunter Martin: 29 strikeouts (T-9th), 12 batters struck out looking (T-4th), three wins (T-4th) and four walks allowed (T-11th)
- Garrett Stallings: 0.92 ERA (6th), fewest hits allowed (13 - T-10th), fewest runs allowed (3 - 3rd), fewest earned runs allowed (2 - T-4th), one walk allowed (1st),
- Zach Linginfelter: .175 opposing batter's average (10th), fewest hits allowed (10 - T-3rd), three walks allowed (T-6th),
- Will Neely: fewest hits allowed (11 - T-6th), four walks allowed (T-11th)
- Jon Lipinski: six games finished (T-2nd)
Recently on Rocky Top...
- UT used a Saturday sweep of a doubleheader vs. Cincinnati (6-8) to win the series against the Bearcats on Rocky Top (March 10-11).
- After dropping the series opener on Friday night, Tennessee came from behind to win Game Two and took Game Three to seal the series victory on Saturday.
- In Saturday's doubleheader, UT's bullpen combined for 8.0 scoreless innings of work to shut down the Bearcats, including a 5.0-scoreless inning outing from freshman Garrett Stallings.
- Through 13 games, UT's offense has combined for 44 extra-base hits, including 12 home runs.
Quick Hits on the 2017 Vols
- The Vols' 2017 roster boasts 17 newcomers including 14 true freshmen, two JUCO transfers and one graduate transfer.
- To start the 2017 season, No. 24 Tennessee has scored first in 10 of its 13 games for an 11-2 record and has produced double-digit hits in nine of its 13 games this season.
- Through UT's first 13 games, 14 total newcomers have made their Tennessee debuts in 2017 (including 11 freshmen).
- Despite losing seven positional starters from the 2016 season, UT returns 18 lettermen including six true seniors.
- Freshman Andre Lipcius has reached base safely in each of his 13 games to begin his collegiate career. Jordan Rodgers is right behind him, having reached in his last 12 straight games.
- Garrett Stallings owns a current 11.0-scoreless inning streak dating back to the eighth inning of UT's Tony Gwynn Classic tournament finale vs. UC Irvine, spanning four appearances.
On Deck for the Vols
The Vols open their 2017 Southeastern Conference schedule hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks (11-5) in Knoxville from Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19, marking the second consecutive year UT will begin conference play at home.