KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Volunteers (18-15, 4-11 SEC) host the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (14-21, 5-7 Big South) on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Game Time & Broadcast Info
- Opponent: UNC Asheville Bulldogs
- Date: Wednesday, April 19
- Game: Wed. 4/19 at 6 p.m. ET
- Venue: Lindsey Nelson Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Radio: UTSports.com
- Live Stats: UTSports.com
Tennessee (18-15, 4-11 SEC)Roster Schedule 2017 Stats
UNC Asheville (14-21, 5-7 Big South)Roster Schedule 2017 Stats
The Vols went 1-3 last week, dropping two of three games to No. 10-ranked Auburn in Knoxville and a midweek matchup at East Tennessee State.
UT is facing UNC Asheville for the first time since last year, when Tennessee shut out the Bulldogs, 11-0, in Knoxville. The Big Orange looks to improve upon their 25-7 overall record against UNC Asheville on Wednesday.
- Wed. April 19 at 6 p.m. ET - RHP Will Neely (1-1, 5.65) vs. TBA
Tennessee vs. UNC Asheville All-Time
- All-time vs. UNC Asheville: UT leads, 25-7
- In Knoxville: UT leads, 21-7
- In Asheville: UT leads, 4-0
- Last 10 Games: UT leads, 7-3
- Last Meeting: UT won, 11-0, in Knoxville (3/30/16)
Scouting the Bulldogs
- UNC Asheville is off to a 14-21 (5-7 Big South) start in 2017.
- The Bulldogs boast 13 outfield assists on the year, ranking third in the country in the category. Senior center fielder Joe Tietjen leads UNC Asheville's outfielders with four assists, a mark that has him tied for fifth in the nation.
- The Bulldogs have now turned 35 double plays on the year, two more than all of last year and average 1.0 DP per game.
- Tietjen leads the 2017 squad with 36 hits, six home runs and 28 runs scored in 35 games.
- Senior RHP Justin Woods owns a 1.38 ERA through 12 appearances (one start) to lead the Bulldogs' pitching staff.
Quick Hits: 2017 Volunteers
- Keep on Walking: Pete Derkay has a team-leading 27 walks on the season, which ranks 49th in the NCAA and T-4th in the SEC through 33 games.
- Rodger(s) That: Senior Jordan Rodgers has reached base safely in every game started this year (32), while his .379 batting average currently ranks third-best in the SEC. Rodgers also leads the Volunteers with 13 multi-hit games and 21 RBI this season.
- More on Moberg...: D1Baseball.com Midseason All-American Jeff Moberg owns 12 multi-hit games on the season. His six home runs rank tops on the Vols' squad in 2017.
- The Vols have combined for 85 extra-base hits this year, including 22 home runs (surpassing 2016's complete season total).
- The Vols' 2017 roster boasts 17 newcomers including 14 true freshmen, two JUCO transfers and one graduate transfer.
Tennessee on [Rocky] Top
UT on NCAA charts (as of April 17):
- Pete Derkay: 27 walks (49th), .82 walks per game (50th) and .482 OBP (34th)
- Jordan Rodgers: 1.56 hits per game (28th)
- Hunter Martin: nine games started (24th), 6.22 SO/BB Ratio (35th) and 1.42 walks allowed per nine innings (49th)
As a team, Tennessee ranks among the SEC's Top 10 in the following categories (as of April 16):
- Batting Average: 7th (.283)
- On-Base Percentage: 6th (.376)
- Slugging Percentage: 9th (.403)
- Hits: T-10th (325)
- Team Triples: 3rd (10)
- Stolen Bases: T-7th (36)
- Batters Stuck Out Looking: 10th (90)
- Fewest Walks Allowed: 5th (109)
- Fewest Doubles Allowed: 7th (50)
- Fewest Home Runs Allowed: 4th (20)
- Double Plays Turned: T-5th (30)
Vols rank among the SEC's Top 10 in the following categories (as of April 16):
- Jordan Rodgers: .379 average (3rd), .568 SLG (7th), 50 hits (9th)
- Pete Derkay: .482 OBP (3rd), 27 walks (T-4th) and 1.000 fielding percentage (T-1st)
- Benito Santiago: three triples (T-2nd), two runners picked off (T-6th) and eight runners caught stealing (4th)
- Andre Lipcius: 282 putouts (5th) and 27 double plays fielded (2nd)
- Jeff Moberg: 22 double plays fielded (T-9th)
- Dom Thornton: 1.000 fielding percentage (T-1st)
- Hunter Martin: 57.0 innings pitched (T-5th), 21 batters struck out looking (T-5th) and fewest walks allowed (9 - T-8th)
- Garrett Stallings: fewest runs allowed (16 - T-10th) and fewest walks allowed (7 - T-2nd)
- Zach Warren: fewest doubles allowed (4 - T-2nd)
- Zach Linginfelter: two runners picked off (T-6th), fewest hits allowed (34 - 8th) and fewest doubles allowed (4 - T-2nd)
- Jon Lipinski: 14 games finished (4th)
- Senior Hunter Martin dealt the first complete game for Tennessee since 2013 with a 9.0 inning effort vs. Auburn on Thursday, but a late rally for the Vols fell short in a 3-2 loss at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
- The righthander (4-3) dealt a career-high 9.0 innings in his ninth start of the year, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in the loss.
- By doing so, Martin became the first Tennessee pitcher to throw a complete, 9.0-inning game since VFL and current Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguer Zack Godley went the distance vs. Texas A&M on May 16, 2013 (L, 5-1).
- Coming home on a sacrifice fly to right field delivered by Andre Lipcius, freshman Justin Ammons scored the game-winning run for Tennessee on Friday, as the Vols took a 5-4 win in 10 innings against No. 10-ranked Auburn.
- With the win on Friday, Tennessee has three extra-inning victories over its previous two weekends.
- UT consistently threatened Auburn pitchers on Friday, putting at least one runner on base in every inning. The leadoff batter for Tennessee also reached base in each of the final eight innings (five hits, two walks and an error).
- Tennessee pitchers combined for a season-high 15 strikeouts against Auburn on Friday. Freshman Garrett Stallings went 3.2 innings with the start for UT, allowing two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts to receive no decision.
- Senior Jon Lipinski (4-0) got the win for UT with his 2.1 innings of work in relief. Of his eight batters faced, Lipinski allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five.
- Tennessee's pitching staff combined for nine strikeouts against No. 10-ranked Auburn, but the Tigers plated eight runs on 11 hits to take a series-clinching win, 8-1, on Saturday.
- Third baseman Jordan Rodgers hit a homer to left field in the ninth inning to put the Volunteers on the board, marking his 32nd straight game to reach base safely for Tennessee
Smoky Mountain Challenge (April 26)
- Tennessee and ETSU will compete in the Smoky Mountain Challenge on Wednesday, April 26 at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tenn.
- First pitch for the game will be at 6:00 pm and gates will open at 5:00 pm.
- Multiple ticket options are available for fans planning to attend the April 26 game at Smokies Stadium. Field level seating prices will be $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors and $5 for current UT and ETSU students.
- The Smokies will also offer "All You Can Eat" options ranging from $19 for adults, $17 for children, and $15 for students.
- For more ticket information, fans are encouraged to call (865) 286-2300, visit smokiesbaseball.com, or visit the Smokies Box Office Monday - Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.
On Deck for the Vols
- The Vols travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies from Friday, April 21 -- Sunday, April 23, with each game available for viewing on SEC Network+ stream.