April 20, 2009
The Tennessee baseball team concludes its home non-conference schedule Tuesday when it hosts instate foe East Tennessee State at 7 p.m. at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee is coming off a Southeastern Conference series win on the road at top-ranked LSU. The Volunteers now have won seven of their last nine games, including back-to-back conference series wins. As a team, UT batted .269 for the series with five doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs. SEC Player of the Week P.J. Polk led the team with a .455 average, two doubles, a home run and three RBIs over the weekend.
First baseman Cody Hawn continues to lead the team with a .340 batting average, 48 hits, 15 home runs and 57 RBIs. Hawn ranks third in the SEC in RBIs and fourth in home runs.
Tennessee's starting pitcher Tuesday will be junior right-hander Stephen McCray (4-3, 6.06 ERA). It will be the Lilburn, Ga., native's eighth start of the season. ETSU's starter is expected to be sophomore right-hander Bo Burton (1-0, 10.90 ERA).
ETSU (18-19) is on a four-game winning streak, having swept USC Upstate this past weekend and defeating Tennessee Tech at Cardinal Park on Wednesday. The Bucs are 8-13 on the road this season. ETSU is led offensively by senior Ben Allen as he leads the team with a .356 average and 52 hits. Third baseman Bo Reeder paces the club with 11 home runs.
UT leads the all-time series with the Bucs 55-12, dating back to 1967. Tuesday's game will be the second meeting between the two clubs this season. ETSU hit three home runs, including a grand slam by left fielder Troy Mendez, in a 9-3 win over the Vols on March 31.