May 5, 2009
The Tennessee baseball team wraps up a stretch of four games on the road when it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday night to take on Georgia Tech, ranked No. 9 by Baseball America. The two teams will face off at AT&T Field, the home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. First pitch is schedule for 7:15 p.m.
Tennessee (21-27) is heading into its final two week of the regular season and is batting .284 as a team with a 6.05 staff ERA. The Vols are second in the Southeastern Conference with a .974 fielding percentage. Sophomore first baseman Cody Hawn continues to lead offense with a .355 average, 14 doubles, 18 home runs and 70 RBIs. The Vols have a 14-10 record in non-conference games this season, including wins in three of their last four midweek games.
Georgia Tech (31-11-1) is coming off a three-game sweep of Presbyterian in which the offense came alive, batting .400 with 16 home runs and eight doubles while outscoring the Blue Hose, 48-13. As a team, the Yellow Jacks are batting .328 as a team with 89 home runs and a 4.62 staff ERA. Right fielder Luke Murton leads the team with a .394 batting average, 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. Center fielder Jeff Rowland paces the club with 17 stolen bases.
Wednesday's pitching matchup will face a pair of left-handed pitchers against each other. Junior Jeff Lockwood (0-0, 5.62 ERA) will take the hill for Tennessee against freshman Jed Bradley (2-2, 6.03 ERA) for Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series between the two teams 45-33. The Yellow Jackets won the last meeting 8-5 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 2006. However, the Volunteers have won eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 2-0 sweep of Georgia Tech in the 2005 Super Regional in Atlanta, Ga. The Vols won 3-2 and 13-3 to advance to the 2005 NCAA College World Series.
The Vols then return to conference play with their final home games of the season, a three-game series against South Carolina. Game times are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. South Carolina holds a 38-32 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, dating back to 1912. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings despite South Carolina winning the 2008 series, 2-1.