April 13, 2006

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The Tennessee baseball team hosts No. 27 Florida this weekend for a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers are looking to build some momentum with their first Southeastern Conference series win of the year before heading into the stretch run of SEC play. Game times are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday.

Tennessee's offensive sparkplug to date in SEC play has been freshman shortstop Tony Delmonico. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is hitting a team-best .465 with 20 hits and seven RBIs against conference foes. As a team, the Vols are batting .308 overall and .297 in league games.

Florida owns a 21-16 (4-8 SEC) record as the defending SEC Champions. The Gators joined the Vols as the SEC's lone representatives in the last year's NCAA College World Series. This season, UF is batting .264 as a team with a 4.07 staff ERA. Outfielder Gavin Dickey leads the Gators with a .286 batting average and seven home runs. Dickey also shares the team lead with Matt LaPorta and Adam Davis with nine RBIs in SEC play.

LaPorta, Davis and fellow Gator Brian Jeroloman were teammates with Tennessee sophomore J.P. Arencibia on last summer's USA Baseball National team. Arencibia led that elite club in hitting, and he also leads the Vols this season with nine RBIs in SEC play.

Friday's pitching matchup features Tennessee right-hander Craig Cobb (6-1, 2.66 ERA) and UF right-hander Bryan Ball (4-4, 3.98 ERA). Sophomore left-hander James Adkins (4-4, 4.33 ERA) will start for UT Saturday opposite Gators right-hander Bryan Augenstein (7-2, 2.70 ERA). And freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-2, .379 ERA) takes the mound Sunday for Tennessee, while Florida has yet to announce its Sunday starter.

The Volunteers trail the all-time series with Florida 128-70, dating to 1916. Tennessee won two of four games against the Gators last season, including two of three games during the regular-season series in Gainesville. In games played in Knoxville since 1990, UF holds a 13-11 edge. UT has won the last two regular-season series against Florida.

Friday and Saturday's games will both be televised on CSS.

Friday, April 14 (7 p.m.)
* Hershey's and Pilot are sponsoring a post-game fireworks show.

Saturday, April 15 (1 p.m.)
* Family Fun Day: 4 tickets, one large pizza from Papa John's and an autographed baseball from a Tennessee player for only $20. Must call (865) 656-1200 by 5 p.m. Friday.

Sunday, April 16 (Noon)
* All children age 12 and under receive free admission and can run the bases after the game.
* Tennessee players and coaches will be available to sign autographs and visit with fans on the field after the game.





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