The Official #1 Tennessee @ Miss. State Last Series Thread (Thur. 7PM EST SEC NETWORK) (Friday 7PM EST SEC NETWORK+) (Saturday 3PM EST SEC NETWORK+)

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 1 Tennessee wraps up the 2022 regular season with a three-game set at Mississippi State beginning Thursday night at Dudy Noble Field. Tennessee, having already clinched the regular-season championship and the top seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament, is looking to finish the regular season strong facing last year's national champion on the road.

BROADCAST INFO
Thursday's game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (PxP) and Kyle Peterson (Analyst) on the call. Friday and Saturday's contests will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Bart Gregory (PxP) and Charlie Winfield (Analyst) calling the action.

The online broadcasts can be accessed on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN App, or online at espn.com/watch.

Fans can also listen to the Voice of Tennessee Baseball John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the game on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) as well as UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics App.

New Vol Network Radio Affiliates
The Vol Network had added multiple radio affiliates to broadcast remaining Tennessee baseball SEC games this season. The complete list of new affiliates is below. Please check your local listings prior to each weekend. Game coverage varies by station.

Chattanooga: WFLI (FM 97.7, FM 100.3, AM 1070)
Cleveland: The Buzz (FM 101.3)
Cookeville: WKXD (FM 104.7)
Lawrenceburg: WWLX (FM 106.1, FM 93.1, AM 590)
Muscle Shoals, AL: WSBM (FM 97.9, AM 1340)
Nashville: The Zone (FM 104.5) – Saturday Only
Oneida: WBNT (FM 105.5)
Pulaski: WKSR (FM 107.7, FM 100.9, AM 1420)

SERIES SCHEDULE/PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS
Game 1 – Thursday, May 19 (6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET)

RHP Chase Dollander (7-0, 2.54 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Smith (3-4, 4.99 ERA)

Game 2 – Friday, May 20 (6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET)
RHP Chase Burns (7-1, 2.34 ERA) vs. RHP Preston Johnson (3-3, 5.55 ERA)

Game 3 – Saturday, May 7 (2 p.m. CT/ 3PM ET)
RHP Drew Beam (8-1, 2.54 ERA) vs. RHP Cade Smith (4-3, 3.66 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: Mississippi State leads, 60-31
in Knoxville: Mississippi State leads, 23-17
in Starkville: Mississippi State leads, 35-11
at Neutral Sites: Tennessee leads, 3-2
Last 10 Meetings: Series tied, 5-5

Tennessee is looking to claim its first series victory in Starkville since 2004. The Vols have only taken one of the last nine games played at Mississippi State

NOTABLE
Freshman Phenoms

Tennessee's freshman class has been nothing short of outstanding this season. The dominance and ability of the freshman class has been on full display in the SEC Weekly Awards. Entering the season, only eight Vols were named SEC Freshman of the Week since the award began in 2006. This season alone, seven Vols have earned SEC Freshman of the Week and five different play-ers have taken home those honors.

Fight at the Bat Rack
Tennessee leads the country in home runs (126) and slugging percentage (.605) while ranking inside the top 15 in runs per game (6th), total runs (4th), batting avg (14th), on-base percentage (5th), hits (15th), doubles (11th), triples (13th) and walks (3rd).

Commanding the Zone
UT couples its tremendous offense with superb pitching, leading the nation in ERA (2.32), WHIP (0.94), hits allowed per nine innings (6.05), walks allowed per nine innings (2.43) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.48), while also ranking seventh nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (10.9).

1-2 Nationally
Chase Dollander and Drew Beam enter the weekend series ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in WHIP respective tallies of 0.76 and 0.80.

OPPONENT SCOUT
Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • Record: 26-27 (9-18 SEC)
  • 2021 Postseason: National Champions
  • 2022 SEC Preseason Poll: T-2nd in West
  • Head Coach: Chris Lemonis (4th year)
  • Preseason Conference Honors:
    • C Logan Tanner (1st Team)
    • SP Landon Sims (1st Team)
    • DH/UTL Luke Hancock (2nd Team)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: RJ Yeager (.354)
    • Runs: Hunter Hines (49)
    • Hits: James/Yeager (62)
    • Home Runs: RJ Yeager (17)
    • RBI: RJ Yeager (55)
    • Stolen Bases: Kamren James (13)
    • Wins: Smith/Stinnett (4)
    • Saves: Three players tied (0)
    • ERA (min. 20 IP): Brooks Auger (3.05)
    • WHIP (min. 20 IP): Cade Smith (1.33)
    • Innings Pitched: Smith/Johnson (71.1)
ON DECK
The Vols head to Hoover, Ala. to begin postseason play at the SEC Championship starting Wednesday.
 
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Has there been any updates on Jared Dickey?
Just 3 days ago: Tony Vitello with another update on Jared Dickey: He's moving around, throwing some. The next step would be to take some swings. It could happen next week. The next step would be hitting live pitching. We're making the climb, which is good. We were at a standstill for awhile. Jared has kept his arm in shape during his time away, and that he’ll hopefully face live pitching from teammates at some point this week to see if that foot’s ready for the postseason.
 
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Just 3 days ago: Tony Vitello with another update on Jared Dickey: He's moving around, throwing some. The next step would be to take some swings. It could happen next week. The next step would be hitting live pitching. We're making the climb, which is good. We were at a standstill for awhile. Jared has kept his arm in shape during his time away, and that he’ll hopefully face live pitching from teammates at some point this week to see if that foot’s ready for the postseason.
My guess is he will DH and Stephenson will play left field.
 
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I haven't seen that many pop-ups since Pam Anderson walked by an all male middle school 30 years ago.


Ba-dum-pa.

A...thank you...thank you very much....tip your waitress.
Jogged by, imo.

That Baywatch intro video shoulda been banned. Set back "normal female" self-esteem by decades.

On a similar note....Pam Anderson is one of the most stunningly beautiful women I've ever seen......pre-surgery. Google some pics. Amazing natural beauty.

After all the work? Just another cookie cutter barbie bimbo look. Crying shame.
 
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I am surprised that the SEC Network is only carrying one game in this series.

I would love to see Tennessee get a sweep in Starkville this weekend as Tennessee has historically never had a whole lot of success there.
SEC Network is a disappointment in my book. The number 1 team, in conference, for most of the season, has not been on nearly enough....and what's with the "alternate" SEC channel? They never use it.
 

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