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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time this season, No. 5/5 Tennessee hosts an in-state foe for a midweek game as Tennessee Tech makes the short trip from Cookeville for Tuesday's night Volunteer State battle at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols enter the week coming off their first SEC series win of the year after winning a rubber game against No. 17 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon, 15-4.

BROADCAST INFO

Tuesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Zack Nelson (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 (FM 99.1/AM 990). A free audio stream will also be available on UTSports.com, the Tennessee Athletics App and the Varsity App.

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Vols lead, 72-32-1
in Knoxville: Vols lead, 47-13
in Cookeville: Vols lead, 25-18-1
at Neutral Sites: Golden Eagles lead, 1-0
Last Meeting: L, 12-5 – April 18, 2023 in Knoxville

The Volunteers will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles after dropping midweek contests to them in each of the last two seasons. Prior to those two losses, UT had won six of the last seven games in the series.

NOTABLE

Midweek Dominance & In-State Success Under Vitello
Tennessee has been nearly automatic in midweek games under head coach Tony Vitello, posting a 71-10 record during his tenure, including a 61-6 record since the start of the 2019 season. The Vols are a perfect 7-0 in midweek contests this season.

The Vols have also had great success against in-state opponents over the past few years, posting a 14-2 record since 2022 against fellow Volunteer State foes (1-0 this season). The only two defeats in that span have come at the hands of Tennessee Tech.

Home Run Record Chase Heating Up
UT's talented duo of Blake Burke and Christian Moore are in hot pursuit of the program's all-time home run record of 40 held by Luc Lipcius (2017-22). Burke enters this week with 38 while Moore is right behind him with 37 after hitting three last week. Burke is currently tied for third in program history with UT legend and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Todd Helton (1993-95) while Moore is tied for fifth with Doug Hecker (1990-92). Moore is tied for the team lead and ninth in the SEC with 10 homers this season while Burke is one of four players tied for third on the team with eight long balls.

Tears Tearing It Up
Redshirt sophomore Kavares Tears is having a breakout season and enters this week leading the team and ranking third in the SEC in batting average (.405) and runs scored (35). The Lewisburg, Tennessee, native has recorded at least one hit in 21 of the 24 games he's played in this year. Tears also leads the team with a .500 on-base percentage and ranks in the top-10 in the SEC in on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.772) after racking up 13 extra-base hits with five doubles and eight home runs this season.

In four games last week, Tears led the team in numerous offensive categories, batting .538 with seven hits, eight runs, a .647 on-base percentage and a 1.077 slugging percentage. He also homered twice and drove in four runs.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (13-11, 1-2 OVC)
  • Head Coach: Matt Bragga (18th season)
  • 2023 Record: 21-34 (10-14 OVC)
  • 2023 Postseason: N/A
  • Rankings: N/A
  • 2024 OVC Preseason Poll: 6th
  • Preseason All-Conference Selections (1)
    • C Hayden Gilliland
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Tanner Shiver (.359)
    • Runs: Austin Turner (29)
    • Hits: Troy Baunsgard (31)
    • Home Runs: Preston Steele (7)
    • RBI: Hayden Gilliland (27)
    • Stolen Bases: Austin Turner (11)
    • Wins: Calitri & Pease (3)
    • Saves: Jack Erdman (3)
    • ERA (min. 15 IP): Peyton Calitri (2.31)
    • Innings Pitched: Peyton Calitri (39.0)
    • Strikeouts: Peyton Calitri (40)

ON DECK

The Vols host No. 24 Georgia for a three-game set this weekend in Knoxville. First pitch for Friday's series opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app. The final two games of the series will be televised on the SEC Network.
 
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I’m guessing we give Dallas another start. We need him to find that happy median between throwing hard/fast and strikes.
I’m thinking Kirby should take him out for a bite to eat and explain to him there Is pitching and there is throwing. When you pitch it is an art form and when mastered can always produce outs (as Kirby does). When you simply throw a ball and have an off day it produces few outs and tons of walks then you are sitting in the dugout fuming. If Kirby would like me to pay for this dinner between the two I will PayPal you. Carry on..ha
 
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I’m thinking Kirby should take him out for a bite to eat and explain to him there Is pitching and there is throwing. When you pitch it is an art form and when mastered can always produce outs (as Kirby does). When you simply throw a ball and have an off day it produces few outs and tons of walks then you are sitting in the dugout fuming. If Kirby would like me to pay for this dinner between the two I will PayPal you. Carry on..ha
Because he never heard that before ... 🙄
 
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Tennessee Tech has lost 3 of last 4.

They lost 2 of 3 in Evansville against Southern Indiana

They did play a single P5 Team (Notre Dame) for a 3 game series in Cookeville in first weekend in March and got beaten fairly handlily (0-3 in series)

The Eagles have no wins vs a team currently with a winning record.

So, even with a 13-11 winning record, their RPI is a woeful 261 with a SOS of 286

Vs. RPI:
1-25 0-3
26-50 0-0
51-100 0-2
101-200 3-1
201+ 10-5

They are 2-4 in road games


By the numbers
Their best win(s) are against RPI #187 Sacred Heart (10-11) who the Eagles beat 3 times.
The Eagles gave Bellarmine their sole win in game 2 of three game series but did take the next 2.
TTU Has lost by 10+ runs once (game 1 vs Notre Dame 14-3 ) That game did go 9 innings.
TTU has won by 10+ runs four times. (Alabama A&M twice, Sacred Heart game 3, Davidson game 2)
The weekend's opponent (Southern Indiana) is RPI 209
Although they lost both midweek games; the Eagles did show well at USC-Update losing both games in walk off fashion 5-7 and 7-8. These would be their "best losses"


The Eagles are not what I would call a good team. However, they have not really been embarrassed in games.
Five starters are batting over .300.
Tanner Shiver (3B) from Maryville leads the way at .359. 6 HRs, 2 3B, 4 2B but only 19 RBIs. He has batted 5th
SS Preston Steele leads with 7 HRs but no other extra bae hits oddly. He's a transfer from King University, so he does not dance)
Sr. Catcher Hayden Gilliland from Heritage (Go 'Neers) leads the team with 27 RBI at bats 3rd with a .333 average and has played every game .

As per pitching, it does not appear that Tech has a "midweek guy" as it appears only 1 guy has started more than 1 midweek game. That starter was F Eli Huddleston from nearby Baxter. Huddleston faced 4 batters on Saturday in relief and gave up 3 earned run is .1 innings work.

I expect Tech will go with a committee approach to pitching as they host Western Illinois (never understood how a state than runs north south can have a "Western" school but then again we now have a UT-Southern now)
 
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Tennessee Tech has lost 3 of last 4.

They lost 2 of 3 in Evansville against Southern Indiana

They did play a single P5 Team (Notre Dame) for a 3 game series in Cookeville in first weekend in March and got beaten fairly handlily (0-3 in series)

The Eagles have no wins vs a team currently with a winning record.

So, even with a 13-11 winning record, their RPI is a woeful 261 with a SOS of 286

Vs. RPI:
1-25 0-3
26-50 0-0
51-100 0-2
101-200 3-1
201+ 10-5

They are 2-4 in road games


By the numbers
Their best win(s) are against RPI #187 Sacred Heart (10-11) who the Eagles beat 3 times.
The Eagles gave Bellarmine their sole win in game 2 of three game series but did take the next 2.
TTU Has lost by 10+ runs once (game 1 vs Notre Dame 14-3 ) That game did go 9 innings.
TTU has won by 10+ runs four times. (Alabama A&M twice, Sacred Heart game 3, Davidson game 2)
The weekend's opponent (Southern Indiana) is RPI 209
Although they lost both midweek games; the Eagles did show well at USC-Update losing both games in walk off fashion 5-7 and 7-8. These would be their "best losses"


The Eagles are not what I would call a good team. However, they have not really been embarrassed in games.
Five starters are batting over .300.
Tanner Shiver (3B) from Maryville leads the way at .359. 6 HRs, 2 3B, 4 2B but only 19 RBIs. He has batted 5th
SS Preston Steele leads with 7 HRs but no other extra bae hits oddly. He's a transfer from King University, so he does not dance)
Sr. Catcher Hayden Gilliland from Heritage (Go 'Neers) leads the team with 27 RBI at bats 3rd with a .333 average and has played every game .

As per pitching, it does not appear that Tech has a "midweek guy" as it appears only 1 guy has started more than 1 midweek game. That starter was F Eli Huddleston from nearby Baxter. Huddleston faced 4 batters on Saturday in relief and gave up 3 earned run is .1 innings work.

I expect Tech will go with a committee approach to pitching as they host Western Illinois (never understood how a state than runs north south can have a "Western" school but then again we now have a UT-Southern now)
Detailed scouting report. Bravo.
 
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Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
(13-11) Overall (1-2) OVC

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Tennessee Volunteers
(21-4) Overall (3-3) SEC
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time this season, No. 5/5 Tennessee hosts an in-state foe for a midweek game as Tennessee Tech makes the short trip from Cookeville for Tuesday's night Volunteer State battle at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols enter the week coming off their first SEC series win of the year after winning a rubber game against No. 17 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon, 15-4.

BROADCAST INFO

Tuesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Zack Nelson (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 (FM 99.1/AM 990). A free audio stream will also be available on UTSports.com, the Tennessee Athletics App and the Varsity App.

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Vols lead, 72-32-1
in Knoxville: Vols lead, 47-13
in Cookeville: Vols lead, 25-18-1
at Neutral Sites: Golden Eagles lead, 1-0
Last Meeting: L, 12-5 – April 18, 2023 in Knoxville

The Volunteers will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles after dropping midweek contests to them in each of the last two seasons. Prior to those two losses, UT had won six of the last seven games in the series.

NOTABLE

Midweek Dominance & In-State Success Under Vitello
Tennessee has been nearly automatic in midweek games under head coach Tony Vitello, posting a 71-10 record during his tenure, including a 61-6 record since the start of the 2019 season. The Vols are a perfect 7-0 in midweek contests this season.

The Vols have also had great success against in-state opponents over the past few years, posting a 14-2 record since 2022 against fellow Volunteer State foes (1-0 this season). The only two defeats in that span have come at the hands of Tennessee Tech.

Home Run Record Chase Heating Up
UT's talented duo of Blake Burke and Christian Moore are in hot pursuit of the program's all-time home run record of 40 held by Luc Lipcius (2017-22). Burke enters this week with 38 while Moore is right behind him with 37 after hitting three last week. Burke is currently tied for third in program history with UT legend and Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Todd Helton (1993-95) while Moore is tied for fifth with Doug Hecker (1990-92). Moore is tied for the team lead and ninth in the SEC with 10 homers this season while Burke is one of four players tied for third on the team with eight long balls.

Tears Tearing It Up
Redshirt sophomore Kavares Tears is having a breakout season and enters this week leading the team and ranking third in the SEC in batting average (.405) and runs scored (35). The Lewisburg, Tennessee, native has recorded at least one hit in 21 of the 24 games he's played in this year. Tears also leads the team with a .500 on-base percentage and ranks in the top-10 in the SEC in on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.772) after racking up 13 extra-base hits with five doubles and eight home runs this season.

In four games last week, Tears led the team in numerous offensive categories, batting .538 with seven hits, eight runs, a .647 on-base percentage and a 1.077 slugging percentage. He also homered twice and drove in four runs.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (13-11, 1-2 OVC)
  • Head Coach: Matt Bragga (18th season)
  • 2023 Record: 21-34 (10-14 OVC)
  • 2023 Postseason: N/A
  • Rankings: N/A
  • 2024 OVC Preseason Poll: 6th
  • Preseason All-Conference Selections (1)
    • C Hayden Gilliland
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Batting Avg: Tanner Shiver (.359)
    • Runs: Austin Turner (29)
    • Hits: Troy Baunsgard (31)
    • Home Runs: Preston Steele (7)
    • RBI: Hayden Gilliland (27)
    • Stolen Bases: Austin Turner (11)
    • Wins: Calitri & Pease (3)
    • Saves: Jack Erdman (3)
    • ERA (min. 15 IP): Peyton Calitri (2.31)
    • Innings Pitched: Peyton Calitri (39.0)
    • Strikeouts: Peyton Calitri (40)

ON DECK

The Vols host No. 24 Georgia for a three-game set this weekend in Knoxville. First pitch for Friday's series opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app. The final two games of the series will be televised on the SEC Network.
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I saw Eric Cain report we should get some news on Russell tomorrow. My heart sunk when I saw him leave the mound but I felt a little bit better about after viewing the post game YouTube of Tony's comments to the reporters. If it's really bad I don't think he knew it at that point. He just seemed matter of fact about him coming out and made the comment about soreness in the forearm.
 
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Sounds like we may have no Amick at 3B tomorrow night. Some kind of injury? SIAP.
 
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The front looks bad but is largely light to moderate rain. This and Friday game is exactly why Tennessee has the turf field and why many schools even to the south (Texas) has turf.

When UT replaces the turf it will likely be even better.

Next step? Getting more seats under cover.

This front is moving quite slowly so it’s not going to be a fun day here in Knoxville
 
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