The Official Bowling Green @ Tennessee Series Thread (Fri. 3/1 4:30PM EST) (Sat. 3/2 5PM EST) (Sun. 3/3 1PM EST) SEC NET+

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 7/8 Tennessee carries a seven-game winning streak into this weekend's series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium against Bowling Green.
The Vols also boast a perfect 6-0 record at home this season after going 5-0 last week before picking up another victory on Rocky Top on Tuesday against High Point.

TICKET INFORMATION

Limited single-game tickets for non-conference home games can be purchased through AllVols.com.

If you're a season ticket holder and can't make it to a baseball game this season, you now have the option to donate your non-conference tickets. Your tickets will be donated back to Tennessee Athletics and will be distributed to the military and/or local charities in the Knoxville area.

All non-conference ticket donations will be accepted until 5 PM the business day before a game. After donating your tickets a gift receipt equal to the ticket value will be emailed to you. You may save that receipt for your tax records.

NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM

As we prepare for the next phase in renovations, please pardon our progress... and our dust. Once completed, Lindsey Nelson Stadium will offer fans an unrivaled experience and be among the nation's finest college baseball venues. We appreciate your support and patience when you enter Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season. Please be advised changes may occur from game to game.

BROADCAST INFO

All three games will be streamed online via SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Andy Brock (PxP) and Caylan Arnold (analyst) on the call.

Fans can also listen to John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the action on the Vol Network with all three games this weekend airing on AM 990. A free audio stream will also be available on UTSports.com, the Tennessee Athletics App and the Varsity App.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

GAME 1: RHP AJ Causey (1-0, 1.17 ERA) vs. RHP DJ Newman (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
GAME 2: RHP Drew Beam (1-0, 2.53 ERA) vs. LHP Nic Good (0-0, 8.59 ERA)
GAME 3: TBD vs. TBD

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Tennessee leads, 6-1
in Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 6-1
in Bowling Green: N/A
at Neutral Sites: N/A
Last Meeting: W, 5-2 in 8 inn. (Feb. 23, 2003, in Knoxville)

UT swept a doubleheader the last time the two programs met back in 2003. The Vols' only loss to the Falcons was a 15-11 setback in the series finale of a weekend series on Feb. 17, 2002.

NOTABLE

Tennessee Under Tony V
During head coach Tony Vitello's tenure (2018-pres.), Tennessee has emerged into a national power with four straight NCAA regional appearances, three consecutive super regionals and two trips to Omaha. UT is the only SEC program and one of just four teams nationally (Stanford, Texas & Virginia) to have appeared in the Men's College World Series in two of the last three seasons (2021 & 2023).

Tennessee's 159 victories since the start of the 2021 season are the most of any team in the country, 13 wins more than the second place Texas, which has 146 in that same span. The Vols are the only team in the country to record multiple seasons of 50 or more wins in the last three years.

Canada's Finest
Quebec native Robin Villeneuve burst onto the scene with some impressive showings at the plate last week and has emerged as yet another weapon for Tennessee's loaded lineup. The junior slugger hit his first two homers at the Division I level last week after leading the junior college ranks with 28 long balls last season at Weatherford College in Texas. Villeneuve's tape-measure blast in Saturday's victory over UAlbany traveled an estimated 448 feet according to Trackman, which is UT's longest home run this season.

Villeneuve continued his hot hitting with two more hits and three more RBIs in Tuesday's midweek win over High Point. Entering this weekend, Villeneuve leads the team with a .563 batting average, 1.063 slugging percentage, .696 on-base percentage and a 1.750 OPS while ranking 12th nationally in batting average and third in on-base percentage.

Tears on a Tear
Redshirt sophomore outfielder Kavares Tears has been red-hot to open the 2024 season, batting .462 with 11 RBIs while leading the team with four home runs and 15 runs scored. The Lewisburg, Tennessee, native, posted career highs with three hits and three runs in Tuesday's midweek victory over High Point.

Non-Conference Dominance
Tennessee has been extremely successful against non-conference opponents since the start of the 2019 season, posting a 128-24 record in that span. The Vols have not lost a regular-season non-conference weekend series since 2020 (Wright State) and have swept 12 of their 14 regular-season non-conference weekend series since the start of the 2020 campaign. Under Vitello, Tennessee is also an impressive 67-10 overall in midweek games.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Bowling Green Falcons
  • Head Coach: Kyle Hallock (4th season)
  • 2023 Record: 20-30 (13-17 MAC)
  • 2023 Postseason: N/A
  • 2024 Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll: 8th
  • Players to Watch:
    - RHP/OF DJ Newman: Two-way player than was named to the All-MAC Team as well as the league's Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2023. Leads team with a .423 batting average.
    - OF Nathan Archer: Led team with nine homers in 2023 and has a team-high 10 RBIs this season.
    - UTL Leighton Banjoff: Batting .375 and is tied for team lead with two home runs.

ON DECK

The Vols will play two midweek games next week, starting with Tuesday's matchup against Kansas State at 6 p.m. UT will then host Southern Indiana on Wednesday night before welcoming Illinois to Knoxville over the weekend.
 
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I thought Bowling Green got rid of their baseball program about 5 years ago?
Here’s what happened @MAD

After 105 years, the sport was dropped at the varsity level effective immediately on May 15, 2020 as part of the budget cuts due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Just weeks later, the school announced it was reinstating baseball after they fund-raised $1.5 million dollars of commitments over the next three years.
 
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Here’s what happened @MAD

After 105 years, the sport was dropped at the varsity level effective immediately on May 15, 2020 as part of the budget cuts due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Just weeks later, the school announced it was reinstating baseball after they fund-raised $1.5 million dollars of commitments over the next three years.
Look at you getting the scoop. Thanks buddy.
 
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Still waiting for the bats to explode. We're 9 games in and this is the part of the season where you pad your batting average. BGU era doesn't look all that great so we have a good chance. Our pitching is super interesting. AJ Russell on pitch count so his Friday start will be short. So many pitchers with so little experience. They're all jockeying for a role but they all can't have a role. I suspect we'll see a cavalcade of pitchers this weekend while CTV tries to figure out who his guys are going to be. It's exciting to see how it will unfold.
 
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Is it just me or does this season already have more upsets than all of last year did? 21 was kind of wild but last year was Ho hum. This year is insane
It doesn't seem as there as many power pitchers this year. We sure don't have many. And the other games I've seen doesn't have them either. But baseball always will have crazy upsets.
 
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For our Spanish speaking BaseVol fans.


Pas de circuit pour Robin Villeneuve aujourd’hui… mais trois points produits!

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Mirabel, Québec, le 27 février 2024 -
L'entraîneur-chef de l'équipe de baseball de l'Université du Tennessee en est probablement arrivé à la conclusion que Robin Villeneuve devait être de l'alignement de son équipe… jour après jour.

Aujourd'hui, le baseballeur québécois agissait comme frappeur désigné. Il a frappé deux coups sûrs, un simple et un double, a compté un point… et en a produit trois, dont le point produit gagnant!

Dès la première manche, le Gatinois a frappé un simple… qui a poussé deux de ses coéquipiers à la plaque, deux points produits qui donnaient les devants 2-0 à son équipe sur leurs adversaires du jour, les représentants de l'Université High Point de la Caroline du Nord.

Puis, en sixième manche, le champion frappeur de circuits de la NJCAA en 2023… a claqué un double. Encore là, sa frappe a permis à un des siens de marquer, ce qui portait la marque à 4-2 pour sa formation.

Deux frappeurs plus tard, le jeune homme de 20 ans s'amenait au marbre à son tour.

Au final, la troupe du Tennessee a remporté un gain de 7-4.
 
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Drew Beam will start for Tennessee on Saturday but it’s uncertain who will start on Friday and Sunday. Here’s what Vitello said about it on Tuesday.

"The one thing we do know is the consistency of Drew [Beam] and we trust him to be the rock in the middle of the week for us,” Vitello said. “I think Sunday will literally be a wait – maybe even Sunday morning – to see how guys feel. So, that will be those two days. I think by Saturday, guys like Kirby [Connell] will be ready to come back or some other guys will be fresh. Friday is going to be who can get outs for us. I don’t exactly know when [AJ] Causey will get them, but he’s kind of been a Friday combo guy with AJ [Russell]. So, he’ll pitch in some capacity, and we will need him to get out here.”

 
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For our Spanish speaking BaseVol fans.


Pas de circuit pour Robin Villeneuve aujourd’hui… mais trois points produits!

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Mirabel, Québec, le 27 février 2024 -
L'entraîneur-chef de l'équipe de baseball de l'Université du Tennessee en est probablement arrivé à la conclusion que Robin Villeneuve devait être de l'alignement de son équipe… jour après jour.

Aujourd'hui, le baseballeur québécois agissait comme frappeur désigné. Il a frappé deux coups sûrs, un simple et un double, a compté un point… et en a produit trois, dont le point produit gagnant!

Dès la première manche, le Gatinois a frappé un simple… qui a poussé deux de ses coéquipiers à la plaque, deux points produits qui donnaient les devants 2-0 à son équipe sur leurs adversaires du jour, les représentants de l'Université High Point de la Caroline du Nord.

Puis, en sixième manche, le champion frappeur de circuits de la NJCAA en 2023… a claqué un double. Encore là, sa frappe a permis à un des siens de marquer, ce qui portait la marque à 4-2 pour sa formation.

Deux frappeurs plus tard, le jeune homme de 20 ans s'amenait au marbre à son tour.

Au final, la troupe du Tennessee a remporté un gain de 7-4.
…..errrrrr, French.
 

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