The Official Ole Miss @ Tennessee Series Thread (Fri. March 22 6:30PM EST) (Sat. March 23 6PM EST) (Sun. March 24 1PM EST) (ALL GAMES ON SEC NET+)

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 7/8 Tennessee jumps right back into Southeastern Conference play this weekend as No. 17/NR Ole Miss visits Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols are coming off a 10-2 midweek win over Xavier and will be looking to win their first conference series of the year after dropping two of three games at Alabama last weekend in Tuscaloosa.

BROADCAST INFO

All three games this weekend will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Jack Benjamin (PxP) and Bobby Moranda (analyst) on the call.

Fans can also listen to John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the action 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.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

GAME 1: RHP AJ Causey (3-0, 1.65 ERA) vs. LHP Gunnar Dennis (3-0, 4.56 ERA)
GAME 2: RHP Drew Beam (3-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. LHP Liam Doyle (2-0, 3.95 ERA)
GAME 3: TBD vs. RHP Grayson Saunier (3-2, 4.09 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Rebels lead, 50-43-1
in Knoxville: Rebels lead, 22-19
in Oxford: Rebels lead, 25-23-1
at Neutral Sites: Rebels lead, 3-1
Last Meeting: W, 4-3 – March 27, 2022 in Oxford

Tennessee has won five of the last six meetings in the series, including a series sweep in Oxford back in 2022. The Vols are 6-3 against Ole Miss overall under Tony Vitello and have won back-to-back series against the Rebels.

NOTABLE

Cause(y) and Effect
Whenever AJ Causey has been on the mound for Tennessee this season, it's been a winning recipe for the Big Orange, who have come away victorious in all five of his appearances this year.

Causey improved to 4-0 last Friday when he led the Vols to an 11-3 win over No. 12/14 Alabama. Making his first-ever SEC start, Causey bounced back from allowing two solo home runs in the first inning to hold the Crimson Tide scoreless over the next 5.2 frames and retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced on the night.

The junior righthander enters this weekend's series tied for the SEC lead with four victories while ranking seventh in the league in ERA (1.65) and strikeouts (38). Causey's strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.50) also ranks second in the SEC and 18th in the country.

Burke Closing in on Home Run Record
Junior slugger Blake Burke enters this weekend with 38 career home runs after hitting his eighth of the year Tuesday's midweek win over Xavier, which moved him into a tie for third in program history with UT legend and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Todd Helton (1993-95).

The California native needs just two more homers to tie the program record of 40 held by his predecessor at first base, Luc Lipcius (2017-22).

Vols Dominant in SEC Home Opening Series Under Vitello
UT has been nearly unbeatable in SEC home opening series under Vitello, posting a 14-1 record during his head coaching tenure (2018-pres.). In that span, the Vols have swept four of their five SEC home opening series.

2023: Swept #12 Texas A&M (3-0)
2022: Swept South Carolina (3-0)
2021: Swept #14 LSU (3-0)
2020: No SEC Games (COVID-19)
2019: Won Series vs. South Carolina (2-1)
2018: Swept Alabama (3-0)

OPPONENT SCOUT

Ole Miss Rebels (16-6, 2-1 SEC)
  • Head Coach: Mike Bianco (24th season)
  • 2023 Record: 25-29 (6-24 SEC)
  • 2023 Postseason: N/A
  • Rankings: D1Baseball – NR | USA Today – RV | Baseball America – 17 | NCBWA – RV | Perfect Game – NR
  • 2024 SEC Preseason Poll: 6th in Western Division
  • Preseason All-Conference Selections (0)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Ethan Lege (.384)
    • Runs: Ethan Lege (25)
    • Hits: Ethan Lege (28)
    • Home Runs: Andrew Fischer (9)
    • RBI: Fischer & Lege (25)
    • Stolen Bases: Groff & Hill (8)
    • Wins: Dennis & Saunier (3)
    • Saves: Connor Spencer (4)
    • ERA (min. 10 IP): Mason Nichols (0.79)
    • WHIP (min. 10 IP): Mason Nichols (0.88)
    • Innings Pitched: Riley Maddox (25.2)
    • Strikeouts: Gunnar Dennis (29)

ON DECK

The Vols continue their eight-game homestand with four more games in Knoxville next week, starting with an in-state matchup against Tennessee Tech on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. before hosting Georgia over the weekend.
 
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Early weather forecast for the weekend and next Tuesday. Almost a carbon copy of the weather in Tuscaloosa last weekend but in Knoxville. 70-80% rain from 3:00 - midnight Friday. Again, they are talking showers so might get the game in. Saturday North wind and cool in the 40s but, dry. Sunday sunny and cool. Other than that, should be good to go for a sweep of the Rebels in Knoxville. Rainy Tuesday is the longer range forecast for Tennessee Tech at Vols. They upset us last year. Payback time.
 
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I vote we 10-run-rule them so fans at the game can get home to watch the basketballs in house instead of at home. : )
Or move the game up to a first pitch at 6PM
 
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The double bases are a safety thing. Been used in softball for years. But the rules in some leagues in softball require you to touch the inside bag if you are going on and outside if you are running through. But if you run through and decide to advance you have to go back and touch the inside bag. If you touched the inside bag on a play at first you were automatically out. Had to touch outside bag. Crazy but it was safer. First baseman had to use inside bag.
 
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The double bases are a safety thing. Been used in softball for years. But the rules in some leagues in softball require you to touch the inside bag if you are going on and outside if you are running through. But if you run through and decide to advance you have to go back and touch the inside bag. If you touched the inside bag on a play at first you were automatically out. Had to touch outside bag. Crazy but it was safer. First baseman had to use inside bag.
Yeah….nah. That ain’t Beisbol. File that with the male cheer squad…
 
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I'm guessing it is coming as an option for sure because it does away with running out of the baseline which has become controversial.
 
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Ole Miss Rebels
(16-6) Overall (2-1) SEC

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Tennessee Volunteers
(19-3) Overall (1-2) SEC
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 7/8 Tennessee jumps right back into Southeastern Conference play this weekend as No. 17/NR Ole Miss visits Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols are coming off a 10-2 midweek win over Xavier and will be looking to win their first conference series of the year after dropping two of three games at Alabama last weekend in Tuscaloosa.

BROADCAST INFO

All three games this weekend will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Jack Benjamin (PxP) and Bobby Moranda (analyst) on the call.

Fans can also listen to John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the action 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.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

GAME 1: RHP AJ Causey (3-0, 1.65 ERA) vs. LHP Gunnar Dennis (3-0, 4.56 ERA)
GAME 2: RHP Drew Beam (3-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. LHP Liam Doyle (2-0, 3.95 ERA)
GAME 3: TBD vs. RHP Grayson Saunier (3-2, 4.09 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Rebels lead, 50-43-1
in Knoxville: Rebels lead, 22-19
in Oxford: Rebels lead, 25-23-1
at Neutral Sites: Rebels lead, 3-1
Last Meeting: W, 4-3 – March 27, 2022 in Oxford

Tennessee has won five of the last six meetings in the series, including a series sweep in Oxford back in 2022. The Vols are 6-3 against Ole Miss overall under Tony Vitello and have won back-to-back series against the Rebels.

NOTABLE

Cause(y) and Effect
Whenever AJ Causey has been on the mound for Tennessee this season, it's been a winning recipe for the Big Orange, who have come away victorious in all five of his appearances this year.

Causey improved to 4-0 last Friday when he led the Vols to an 11-3 win over No. 12/14 Alabama. Making his first-ever SEC start, Causey bounced back from allowing two solo home runs in the first inning to hold the Crimson Tide scoreless over the next 5.2 frames and retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced on the night.

The junior righthander enters this weekend's series tied for the SEC lead with four victories while ranking seventh in the league in ERA (1.65) and strikeouts (38). Causey's strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.50) also ranks second in the SEC and 18th in the country.

Burke Closing in on Home Run Record
Junior slugger Blake Burke enters this weekend with 38 career home runs after hitting his eighth of the year Tuesday's midweek win over Xavier, which moved him into a tie for third in program history with UT legend and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Todd Helton (1993-95).

The California native needs just two more homers to tie the program record of 40 held by his predecessor at first base, Luc Lipcius (2017-22).

Vols Dominant in SEC Home Opening Series Under Vitello
UT has been nearly unbeatable in SEC home opening series under Vitello, posting a 14-1 record during his head coaching tenure (2018-pres.). In that span, the Vols have swept four of their five SEC home opening series.

2023: Swept #12 Texas A&M (3-0)
2022: Swept South Carolina (3-0)
2021: Swept #14 LSU (3-0)
2020: No SEC Games (COVID-19)
2019: Won Series vs. South Carolina (2-1)
2018: Swept Alabama (3-0)

OPPONENT SCOUT

Ole Miss Rebels (16-6, 2-1 SEC)
  • Head Coach: Mike Bianco (24th season)
  • 2023 Record: 25-29 (6-24 SEC)
  • 2023 Postseason: N/A
  • Rankings: D1Baseball – NR | USA Today – RV | Baseball America – 17 | NCBWA – RV | Perfect Game – NR
  • 2024 SEC Preseason Poll: 6th in Western Division
  • Preseason All-Conference Selections (0)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Ethan Lege (.384)
    • Runs: Ethan Lege (25)
    • Hits: Ethan Lege (28)
    • Home Runs: Andrew Fischer (9)
    • RBI: Fischer & Lege (25)
    • Stolen Bases: Groff & Hill (8)
    • Wins: Dennis & Saunier (3)
    • Saves: Connor Spencer (4)
    • ERA (min. 10 IP): Mason Nichols (0.79)
    • WHIP (min. 10 IP): Mason Nichols (0.88)
    • Innings Pitched: Riley Maddox (25.2)
    • Strikeouts: Gunnar Dennis (29)

ON DECK

The Vols continue their eight-game homestand with four more games in Knoxville next week, starting with an in-state matchup against Tennessee Tech on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. before hosting Georgia over the weekend.
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Friday Night gameplan:

Step #1: Punch the Weebles right in the face in the first inning. Strike out the side then put up a VERY crooked number
Step #2: In the second inning; Vols players find their favorite Ole Miss girlfriends in the left field line seats and invite them out to dinner. Explain they can do better
Step #3: In the 4th inning? Same as step #2; but with the Weebel mothers.
Step #4: After the sixth inning. Play the 8th inning music because the game is ending early.
Step #5: Offer post-game tryouts for those considering entering the portal in a few weeks. Test their 40s. See what Weebel pitchers want to learn how to throw over 95.
Step #6: Post game dates w/ Rebel girlfriends and/or mothers.
 
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Friday Night gameplan:

Step #1: Punch the Weebles right in the face in the first inning. Strike out the side then put up a VERY crooked number
Step #2: In the second inning; Vols players find their favorite Ole Miss girlfriends in the left field line seats and invite them out to dinner. Explain they can do better
Step #3: In the 4th inning? Same as step #2; but with the Weebel mothers.
Step #4: After the sixth inning. Play the 8th inning music because the game is ending early.
Step #5: Offer post-game tryouts for those considering entering the portal in a few weeks. Test their 40s. See what Weebel pitchers want to learn how to throw over 95.
Step #6: Post game dates w/ Rebel girlfriends and/or mothers.
Oooh Ole Miss girls are some of the best….
 
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And as we know, they can do better than a bunch of suburban white-flight boys who go to Ole Miss because that's where daddy went- and because they couldn't get into another school.
Last time I checked over half the school was female…like 53-54 percent…would I go to school there? Nope……..but I would visit….Hell Yeah!…hahahaha
 

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