March 23, 2009
The Tennessee baseball team returns to Knoxville for a five-game homestand this week, beginning with contests against Western Carolina on Tuesday and UNC Asheville on Wednesday at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The 2009 Catamounts under second-year head coach Bobby Moranda bring a 15-5 (6-3 SoCon) record into Tuesday's matchup, including a 3-4 mark on the road. WCU is batting .322 as a team and has clubbed 51 doubles in 20 games. The Cats' pitching staff has fashioned a 4.30 ERA.
Tennessee head coach Todd Raleigh lettered as a catcher at WCU--located in Cullowhee, N.C.--from 1988-91, earning first-team All-Southern Conference honors as a senior in 1991. His association with the Catamounts continued from 1993-94, when he served the program as an assistant coach. In 2000, he named Western Carolina's head coach; and he held that position until his hiring at Tennessee in the summer of 2007. The Vols lead the all-time series with WCU 16-6, dating to 1954.
After serving a year as the Director of Baseball Operations under Raleigh at UT, Alan Beck returned to Western Carolina this season as an assistant coach.
UNC Asheville has a 4-17 (2-6 Big South) record through 21 games this season, including a 2-10 record on the road. The Bulldogs are batting .249 as a team with a 7.93 staff ERA. Second baseman Catlin Carter leads the team with a .382 average, 26 hits and four RBI. Designated hitter Reed Kreiser is tops on the team with 15 RBI.
Tennessee leads the all-time series with UNC Asheville 19-6, dating back to 1987. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2006. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 5-2 and the Vols the second 9-2.
Pitchers for both games have yet to be announced.