March 16, 2009
The Tennessee baseball team wraps up its 12-game homestand this week as it hosts Coastal Carolina, ranked No. 15 by Baseball America, on Tuesday and Tennessee Tech on Wednesday at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. First pitch for Tuesday's game is 4 p.m. Eastern time, while Wednesday's game will start at 7 p.m.
The Volunteers (8-8, 1-2 SEC) are coming off a weekend-series loss to the Auburn Tigers. UT batted .298 (28-for-94) in the Auburn series and lost the first two games despite outscoring the Tigers by a margin of 14-13 as well as outhitting them 28-23. Sophomore catcher Blake Forsythe leads the team with .407 batting average, nine home runs and 23 RBI. First baseman Cody Hawn is tops on the team with 26 RBIs.
The Chanticleers bring a 16-1 (2-0 Big South) record into Tuesday's game and are hitting .349 as a team with a 2.62 staff ERA. Second baseman Tyler Bortnick leads the club with a .471 average including 24 hits, six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. Left-fielder Chance Gilmore has a team-high five home runs, while first baseman David Anderson is tops with 20 RBIs.
The Volunteers lead the all-time series with Coastal Carolina 3-1, dating back to 1981. The last time the two teams met was earlier this season in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament. The Vols lost the game 10-5 after making six errors and surrendering three home runs to CCU's offense.
Tennessee will wear green jerseys on Tuesday in honor of St. Patrick's Day. They will also be wearing white hats with green Power T's and a shamrock.
Tennessee Tech (10-4, 0-0 Ohio Valley) comes to Knoxville having won five of its last seven games. The Golden Eagles are batting .308 as a team with a 5.49 staff ERA. Shortstop Heath Cheverton is tops on the team with a .362 batting average. Pitcher/designated hitter A.J. Kirby-Jones leads the team with five home runs and 24 RBIs.
The Volunteers lead the all-time series with TTU 64-28-1, dating back to 1942. UT lost the last meeting between the two teams, April 1, 2008, in Knoxville.
Wednesday's game is Tennessee first midweek night game of the season.
Pitchers for both games have yet to be determined.