The Official SC @ #1 Tennessee Series Thread (Thurs. May 16 6:30PM EST SECNET+) (Fri. May 17 6:30PM EST SECNET+) (Sat. May 18 1PM EST SECNET+)

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South Carolina Gamecocks
(33-18) Overall (13-14) SEC
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#1 Tennessee Volunteers
(43-10) Overall (19-8) SEC
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 2024 regular season comes to a close this weekend as No. 1/1 Tennessee and No 23/24 South Carolina square off in a top-25 matchup on Rocky Top starting Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The Vols enter the matchup with the Gamecocks having won eight straight weekend series, which is the longest streak of any power conference team, and will look to reach the 20-win mark in SEC play for the third time in the last four seasons.

BROADCAST INFO

All three games of the series will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app as Andy Brock handles play-by-play duties. He'll be joined by Caylan Arnold for Thursday's series opener and VFL Cody Hawn for Friday and Saturday's broadcasts.

Fans can also listen to John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the action all series long on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) and its participating affiliates throughout the state. A free audio stream will also be available on UTSports.com, the Tennessee Athletics App and the Varsity App.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

GAME 1: LHP Chris Stamos (5 GS, 3-0, 3.33 ERA) vs. RHP Ty Good (2 GS, 5-1, 3.21 ERA)
GAME 2: RHP Drew Beam (13 GS, 7-2, 3.75 ERA) vs. TBA
GAME 3: LHP Zander Sechrist (13 GS, 1-1, 4.57 ERA) vs. TBA

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Gamecocks lead, 67-45
in Knoxville: Vols lead, 25-24
in Columbia: Gamecocks lead, 40-18
at Neutral Sites: Gamecocks lead, 3-2
Last 10 Meetings: Vols lead, 8-2
Last Meeting: W, 12-1 (7 Inn.) – May 20, 2023 in Columbia, S.C.

For the third time in the last four years, Tennessee closes out the regular season with a series against South Carolina. The Vols won the previous two series in that scenario, both of which occurred in Columbia (2021 and 2023). UT has won four straight series overall against USC and is 9-6 against the Gamecocks under head coach Tony Vitello.

NOTABLE

Eight Straight Series Wins, Vols Chasing SEC Title
The Vols continue to take care of business on the weekends as they posted their eighth straight SEC series win last week by toppling Vanderbilt in Nashville, winning each of the first two games before dropping the series finale on Sunday, which ended a nine-game winning streak against the Commodores.

Entering play this week, the Big Orange are squarely in the mix for the SEC regular season title, sitting one game behind first-place Kentucky and tied with Arkansas for second overall in the league standings at 19-8. If Tennessee were to clinch an SEC regular-season title this weekend, it would mark their second under Vitello and fifth overall in program history.

C-Mo On Verge of Another Home Run Record
Christian Moore, who has already topped UT's career home run record with 51 and counting, is one away from breaking the program's single-season mark, as well, after hitting his 24th long ball of the year in Tuesday's midweek win over Belmont to pull even with Sonny Cortez, who also hit 24 back in 1998.

40-Win Seasons Becoming the Norm
With a 6-3 midweek win over Queens on May 7, the Vols notched their 40th victory of the season, marking the fourth straight year that they have reached the 40-win plateau. Entering this weekend, Tennessee and Arkansas are the only two programs nationally to post 40-plus wins in each of the last five full seasons (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023).

Vols vs. Ranked SEC Foes
During the Vitello era, Tennessee has played 38 SEC series against ranked teams and is 23-15 in those series with a 63-51 overall record. Since 2021, the Vols are 18-6 in such series with a 47-25 overall record, including five series wins and a 12-6 overall record this season.

OPPONENT SCOUT

South Carolina (33-18, 13-14 SEC)
  • Head Coach: Mark Kingston (7th season)
  • 2023 Postseason: NCAA Gainesville Super Regional
  • Rankings: D1Baseball – 24 | USA Today – 23 | Baseball America – NR | NCBWA – 24 | Perfect Game – NR
  • 2024 SEC Preseason Poll: 4th in Eastern Division
  • Preseason All-Conference Selections (2)
    • C Cole Messina (1st Team)
    • OF Ethan Petry (1st Team)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Blake Jackson (.310)
    • Runs: Cole Messina (51)
    • Hits: Cole Messina (56)
    • Home Runs: Ethan Petry (19)
    • RBI: Cole Messina (52)
    • Stolen Bases: Blake Jackson (15)
    • Wins: M. Becker / T. Good (5)
    • Saves: Garrett Gainey (6)
    • ERA (min. 20 IP): Garrett Gainey (3.05)
    • Innings Pitched: Eli Jones (58.2)
    • Strikeouts: Ty Good (63)
    • Opp. B/Avg (min. 20 IP): Ty Good (1.92)

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS/GIVEAWAYS

FRIDAY:
  • Giveaway: Car Air Fresheners Courtesy of Zips Car Wash to first 2,500 fans
SATURDAY:
  • Giveaway: Coca-Cole Pit Viper Sunglasses to first 1,000 fans
  • Ceremonial First Pitch:Jim Worthington (Tennessee catch, 1947-49)
    • Oldest living Tennessee baseball letterwinner

ON DECK

Tennessee will head to Hoover, Alabama, for the 2024 SEC Baseball Tournament where it will open postseason play on Wednesday (Time TBD).
 
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#4
#4
My biggest concern is the weather forecast for the weekend. If Arkansas and us lose Game 1 and Kentucky wins Game 1 then I have an irrational fear they will cancel Games 2 and 3 due to “inclement weather” and guarantee themselves a SEC Championship. Even if either Arkansas or us tied them in wins Kentucky would win outright due to winning percentage.
 
#5
#5
@feathersax , I deleted your email address by mistake (as well as many others).
‘Time to get your Hoover care package together. If you still have mine, send me an email with your address.
 
#9
#9
My biggest concern is the weather forecast for the weekend. If Arkansas and us lose Game 1 and Kentucky wins Game 1 then I have an irrational fear they will cancel Games 2 and 3 due to “inclement weather” and guarantee themselves a SEC Championship. Even if either Arkansas or us tied them in wins Kentucky would win outright due to winning percentage.
That’s a decision made by the conference, not the home team
 
#11
#11
No “My Father’s” I will bring him one! Seriously, Nice selection! I like the Partagas!
The Partagas is one of my very favorites.
I love anything My Father. The #1 Robusto is my go to.
You hang w sax in Hoover Taylor?
 
#14
#14
My biggest concern is the weather forecast for the weekend. If Arkansas and us lose Game 1 and Kentucky wins Game 1 then I have an irrational fear they will cancel Games 2 and 3 due to “inclement weather” and guarantee themselves a SEC Championship. Even if either Arkansas or us tied them in wins Kentucky would win outright due to winning percentage.
Over thinking it aren't you?
 
#23
#23
Here’s a hypothetical for y’all…

Would you rather Vandy sweep Ky and we win the SEC? Or Ky sweep Vandy and Vandy misses the postseason altogether?

I know there’s an in-between thread the needle scenario but that’s not in the hypothetical…
 
#24
#24
I’m hoping we can get some of our guys swinging the bat well again this weekend , we’ve continued to win games but haven’t been as lethal on offense as earlier in the season
 

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