SERIES CENTRAL: #1 Tennessee wraps up regular season at Mississippi State

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IMPORTANT LINKS

GAME 1: Watch | Listen | Live statistics
GAME 2: Watch | Listen | Live statistics
GAME 3: Watch | Listen | Live statistics

Starkville, Miss. – No. 1/1 Tennessee concludes the 2022 regular season with a three-game game at Mississippi State starting Thursday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Tennessee, which has already won the regular season championship and the top seed in the upcoming SEC tournament, is looking to end the regular season strong against last year’s national champion on the road.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this week’s series against the Bulldogs can be purchased via HailState.com.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Thursday’s game will air on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (PxP) and Kyle Peterson (analyst) on the call. Friday and Saturday’s contests will air on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Bart Gregory (PxP) and Charlie Winfield (analyst) calling for action.

Online streams 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 calling the game on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) as well as on UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics app.

New Vol Network Radio Affiliates

The Vol Network had added several radio affiliates to broadcast Tennessee baseball’s remaining SEC games this season. The full list of new affiliates is below. Please check your local listings before each weekend. Game coverage varies by station.

Chattanooga: WFLI (FM 97.7, FM 100.3, AM 1070)

Cleveland: The Buzz (FM 101.3)

Cookville: WKXD (FM 104.7)

Lawrenceburg: WWLX (FM 106.1, FM 93.1, AM 590)

Muscle Shoals, Alabama: WSBM (FM 97.9, AM 1340)

Nashville: La Zone (FM 104.5) – Saturday only

Oneida: WBNT (FM 105.5)

Pulasky: 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)

HPR 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/8 p.m. ET)
HPR Drive away the burns (7-1, 2.34 ERA) v RHP Preston Johnson (3-3, 5.55 ERA)

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

 

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Mississippi State leads, 60-31
at Knoxville: Mississippi State leads, 23-17
at Starkville: Mississippi State leads, 35-11
at neutral sites: Tennessee leads, 3-2
Last 10 meetings: series tied, 5-5

Tennessee is looking for its first series win at Starkville since 2004. The Vols have won just one of the last nine games played at Mississippi State

NOTABLE

First year phenomena

Tennessee’s freshman class has been nothing short of outstanding this season. The dominance and ability of the freshman class was on full display in the SEC Weekly Awards. At the start of the season, only eight Vols have been named SEC Freshman of the Week since the award began in 2006. This season alone, seven Vols have won SEC Freshman of the Week, and five different players have earned those honors.

Fight at the Bat Rack

Tennessee leads the nation in home runs (126) and slugging percentage (.605) while ranking in the top 15 in runs per game (6and), total number of executions (4and), batting average (14and), basis percentage (5and), success (15and), doubled (11and), triplets (13and) and walks (3rd).

Order area

UT pairs their tremendous offense with superb pitching, leading the nation in ERA (2.32), WHIP (.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 in nine innings (10.9).

1-2 Domestic
Chase Dollander and Drew Beam entering the weekend series ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in the respective WHIP tallies of 0.76 and 0.80.

ADVERSARY SCOUT

Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • Record: 26-27 (9-18 SEC)
  • 2021 post-season: National champions
  • SEC 2022 preseason poll: T-2nd in the West
  • Head Coach: Chris Lemonis (4th year)
  • Pre-Season Conference Honors:
    • C Logan Tanner (1st team)
    • SP Landon Sims (1st team)
    • DH/UTL Luke Hancock (2nd team)

  • Heads of statistics:
    • Batting average: RJ Yeager (.354)
    • Tracks: 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 THE BRIDGE

The Vols travel to Hoover, Alabama, to begin the SEC Championship playoffs starting Wednesday.

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