May 11, 2009
The Tennessee baseball team will finish up the 2009 season with a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. Eastern Time matchup with Middle Tennessee State. The Vols will then wrap up the year with a three-game series against Vanderbilt that runs Thursday through Sunday.
Tuesday's game will complete the year's home-and-home series between the two teams. The Volunteers won the first meeting 16-4 behind infielders Cody Brown and Cody Hawn combining for four home runs and 10 RBIs. Hawn finished the game 3-for-4 with seven RBIs, two runs and a walk, while Brown went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs.
Recently, Tennessee (22-29) fell in a three-game weekend series against South Carolina. During the series, third baseman Tyler Horne paced the Vols with a .500 average. The junior went 5-for-10 with two home runs, seven RBIs, a 1.100 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage. Sophomores Blake Forsythe and Kentrail Davis also had averages over .400 for the weekend. The duo combined for nine runs, four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.
As a team, Tennessee is batting .285 with a staff ERA of 6.35. In 51 games, UT has compiled 92 doubles, 11 triples, 81 home runs and 36 RBIs.
MTSU (36-14) is coming off a three-game sweep of Mississippi Valley over the weekend to improve its record to 19-8 in the Sun Belt. The Blue Raiders are currently in second place behind Western Kentucky. MTSU is led by outfielders Bryce Brentz and Nathan Hines. Brentz leads the team with a .465 batting average, 25 home runs and 64 RBIs. Hines is second on the team with 10 home runs and is tied with Brentz for the team lead in RBIs (64).
The Volunteers lead the all-time series with MTSU 28-17, dating back to 1926.