Oct. 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Fans can get a sneak peek of the 2014 Tennessee baseball team on Friday, Oct. 25 when the Volunteers welcome in-state foe Belmont to Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a scrimmage at 4 p.m. ET. Admission to the exhibition is FREE.
The Vols and Bruins are slated to play a full nine-inning scrimmage before seven innings of situational action.
“I'm excited our players will finally get to compete with someone in another color uniform this fall,” said head coach Dave Serrano. “I have a lot of respect for what Belmont has done with the success of their program as of late, and we’ll be put through a good test here in the fall.
“I'm hoping the fans in town will come out to watch and support this year’s team. As close as we can get to a real game atmosphere the better it will be for our players wearing the Tennessee uniform for the first time.”
Tennessee’s 21 returners and 18 newcomers have been practicing for over one month under Serrano and his staff, and this is the only chance to see the Vols take the field against someone not wearing the Orange and White before the start of the 2014 regular season.
UT’s 2013-14 recruiting class has been ranked 14th nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and 15th in the country by Baseball America. The class was tabbed sixth in the SEC by both organizations.
Following Friday night’s scrimmage, the team will host a free youth clinic from 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
All children from age six through the eighth grade are invited to attend the free clinic, where the current team will instruct them in all phases of the game including throwing, hitting, pitching, defense and base running.
Check-in is scheduled for 9 a.m. There will be no pre-registration, only walk-ups. Participants should arrive with all necessary baseball equipment, including cleats, glove, baseball pants and hat.