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#1 Vols Host Queens in penultimate midweek game

#1 Vols Host Queens in penultimate midweek game

Vols Host Queens (UT Athletics)


Vols Host Queens (UT Athletics)

Top-ranked Tennessee hosts Queens University of Charlotte on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium for its only home game this week before hitting the road for another conference road series this weekend.



The volunteers rose to No.

1 in all major polls this week after a series win on the road in Florida last weekend, capping the series with a dominant 16-3 run-rule victory over the Gators in Saturday’s rubber match.

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To keep Lindsey Nelson Stadium as full as possible, we encourage season ticket holders who are unable to use their tickets for a match(es) to transfer their tickets to other Vol fans (Instructions HERE).

If you are a season ticket holder and cannot attend a baseball game this season, you now also have the option to donate your tickets. Your tickets will be refunded to Tennessee Athletics and distributed to the military and/or local charities in the Knoxville area.

All ticket donations are accepted until 5:00 PM the working day before a match. After donating your tickets, you will receive a gift voucher equal to the ticket value by email. You can keep this receipt for your tax administration.

NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM

As we prepare for the next phase of the renovation, please forgive our progress… and our dust. Once completed, Lindsey Nelson Stadium will provide fans with an unparalleled experience and be one of the premier college baseball venues in the country. We appreciate your support and patience as you enter Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season. Please note that changes may occur from game to game.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tuesday’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Zack Nelson (PxP) and Caylan Arnold (analyst) in attendance.

Fans can also listen to John Wilkerson and Vine Ferrara’s call on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990). A free audio stream will also be available on UTSports.com, the Tennessee Athletics app and the Varsity app.

LIKELY STARTING PHRERS

RHP Marcus Phillips (1 GS, 0-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. RHP Landry Jurecka (12 GS, 3-7, 7.35 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

General: first meeting
in Knoxville: N/A
in Charlotte: N/A
at neutral locations: N/A
Last meeting: N/A

REMARKABLE

Another strong week for the pitching staff
UT’s pitching staff had another impressive weekend, allowing just seven earned runs to Florida to help lead the Vols to their fourth straight series victory in Gainesville. Over the past two series, Tennessee’s pitchers posted a 2.12 ERA and 53 strikeouts, compared to just 11 walks in 51.0 innings of work.

Vols rise to number 1
The Vols rose to No. 1 in all major polls this week, marking their first No. 1 ranking since June 6, 2022, when Tennessee was the nation’s unanimous top-ranked team for the 10e week in that season. The Big Orange have now been ranked No. 1 in at least one poll for 13 different weeks in program history, all of which have occurred during the Tony Vitello era (2018-present).

Moore is making a case for SEC Player of the Year

Christian Moore is having an SEC Player of the Year caliber season for the Orange and White. The junior second baseman leads the league with a .430 batting average and 46 hits in conference play, while ranking second in slugging percentage (.907), home runs (15) and total bases (97) and third in RBIs (32).

Moore was named NCBWA National Player of the Month for April after leading the team in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.452), runs (20), hits (28), doubles (five), home runs (10) , RBIs (27), total bases (63), slugging percentage (1.016) and on-base percentage (.507). The junior second baseman also led the SEC in hits while ranking second in RBIs and slugging percentage to help lead Tennessee to a stellar 13-3 record for the month with series wins over Auburn, No. 25 LSU, No. .3 Kentucky and Missouri.

Moore hit his team-leading 21st home run in last Saturday’s win at Florida and is now three away from tying the single-season program record of 24, set by Sonny Cortez in 1998.

OPPOSING SCOUT

Queens Royals (12-36, 8-16 ASUN)

  • Head coach: Jake Hendrik (1st season)
  • 2023 record: 17-38 (9-21 ASUN)
  • Postseason 2023: N/A
  • 2024 ASUN Preseason Poll: 10e
  • Preseason All-Conference Picks (0)
  • Statistical Leaders:

    • Batting average: Dillon Lewis (.376)
    • Points: Dillon Lewis (54)
    • Hits: Dillon Lewis (74)
    • Home runs: Dillon Lewis (18)
    • RBI: Dillon Lewis (57)
    • Stolen bases: Dillon Lewis (18)
    • Wins: Landry Jurecka / Joseph Rodriguez (3)
    • Saves: Three draw (1)1
    • ERA (min. 20 IP): Joey Ruller (4.71)
    • WHIP (min. 20 IP): Joey Ruller (1.67)
    • Innings pitched: Landry Jurecka (63.2)
    • Strikeouts: Landry Jurecka (66)

ON DECK

The Vols will make the short drive west to Nashville this weekend for another SEC East rivalry series at Vanderbilt. Friday’s series opener is scheduled for a first pitch at 7:00 PM ET on SEC Network+, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will air on SEC Network and ESPN2.