KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Volunteers host the Marshall Thundering Herd for a midweek matchup for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Game Time & Broadcast Info
- Opponent: Marshall Thundering Herd
- Date: Wednesday, March 22
- Game: Wed. 3/22 at 6 p.m. ET
- Venue: Lindsey Nelson Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Radio: UTSports.com
- Live Stats: UTSports.com
Tennessee (12-5)Roster Schedule 2017 Stats
Marshall (10-7)Roster Schedule 2017 Stats
UT enters the rubber match following a series loss to South Carolina. The Vols (12-5, 0-3 SEC) dropped their third straight to the Gamecocks and remain winless to begin league play.
On the season, Tennessee is scheduled to play 15 of their 55 regular season games against five 2016 NCAA postseason participants, including 2016 SEC Tournament Champion Texas A&M.
- Wed. March 22 at 6 p.m. ET - RHP Daniel Vasquez (2-0, 2.61) vs. RHP Brad O'Connor (1-0, 6.92)
Tennessee vs. Marshall All-Time
- All-time vs. Marshall: UT leads, 1-0
- In Knoxville: UT leads, 1-0
- Last Meeting: Tennessee won, 13-8 (3/14/10)
Tennessee won its first-ever game against Marshall in Knoxville on March 14 during the 2010 season.
- The Thundering Herd has won nine of its last 11 games. Marshall currently sits in sixth place overall in Conference USA with a 10-7 record.
- Junior Tyler Ratliff has a team-high 23 RBI, 22 hits and seven doubles. He holds a .338 batting average and a .585 slugging percentage. Ratliff also has a 0.00 ERA in three appearances with three saves and seven strikeouts.
- Marshall ranks eighth in the NCAA for doubles plays with 23, while ranking second for double plays per game at 1.35. MU ranks first in Conference USA in both categories.
Tennessee on [Rocky] Top
UT on NCAA charts (as of March 20):
- Team Batting Average: 28th (.308)
- Team On Base Percentage: 32nd (.401)
- Team Slugging Percentage: 47th (.452)
- Team Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: 27th (3.07)
- Team WL Pct: 39th (.706)
- Team Walks Allowed/Nine Innings: 15th (2.69)
- Team WHIP: 26th (1.18)
- Jeff Moberg: .417 average (34th), 1.76 hits per game (14th), 5 home runs (47th), .708 SLG (41st) and 51 total bases (46th)
- Jordan Rodgers: 1.69 hits per game (29th)
- Benito Santiago: 3 triples (15th) and 0.19 triples per game (18th)
- Garrett Stallings: 0.89 ERA (T-40th), 7.50 K/BB ratio (47th)
As a team, Tennessee ranks among the SEC's Top 5 in the following categories (as of March 20):
- Team Batting Average: 4th (.308)
- Team On-Base Percentage: 5th (.401)
- Team Triples: T-2nd (6)
- Fewest Hits Allowed: 3rd (136)
- Fewest Runs Allowed: 3rd (71)
- Fewest Walks Allowed: 1st (46)
- Fewest Doubles Allowed: T-5th (25)
Vols rank among the SEC's Top 10 in the following categories (as of March 20):
- Jeff Moberg: .417 average (2nd), .708 SLG (2nd), .488 OBP (8th), 30 hits (T-7th), five home runs (T-4th) and 51 total bases (6th)
- Jordan Rodgers: .403 average (4th) and .582 SLG (9th)
- Pete Derkay: .486 OBP (9th) and 15 walks (T-9th)
- Andre Lipcius: seven doubles (T-8th)
- Benito Santiago: three triples (T-2nd)
- Hunter Martin: 36 strikeouts (T-7th) and 14 batters struck out looking (5th)
- Garrett Stallings: two walks allowed (2nd)
- Zach Linginfelter: fewest hits allowed (13 - T-1st)
- Zach Warren: fewest hits allowed (17 - T-7th),
- Jon Lipinski: eight games finished (3rd)
Quick Hits on the 2017 Vols
- The Vols' 2017 roster boasts 17 newcomers including 14 true freshmen, two JUCO transfers and one graduate transfer.
- Through 17 games, UT's lineup has recorded double-digit hits in 11 of its 17 contests while its pitching staff has allowed double-digit hits in just five of those games.
- The Vols have combined for 51 extra-base hits this year, including 15 home runs.
- Through UT's first 17 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 17 games to begin his collegiate career. Jordan Rodgers is right behind him, having reached in his last 16 straight games.
- Last Wednesday (3/15), Brodie Leftridge and Pete Derkay hit home runs while nine Tennessee pitchers took the mound and the Vols roared back with 18 unanswered runs to take an 18-4 victory over Austin Peay.
- Down by three runs after the fourth inning, Tennessee battled back with six runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-4 lead.
- The Vols poured on seven more in the seventh and three more in the eighth to post their most runs and largest margin of victory since a 20-1 win over Central Michigan on Feb. 28, 2016.
On Deck for the Vols
- UT heads to Mississippi State for its first SEC road trip of the season, facing the Bulldogs over three games in Starkville, Miss., on Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26.