BSB PREVIEW: Host of West Carolina’s Top Rated Flights

Knoxville, Tenn. –After a road sweeping streak against the previously ranked No. 1 Ole Miss, newly named No. 1/1 Tennessee returns home for a midweek game against West Carolina on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m.

The Vols are on a 15-game winning streak entering Wednesday’s contest with the Catamounts, which is tied for the second-longest in program history. A win on Wednesday would tie the program record for consecutive wins, which stands at 16 by the 1994 team.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

For the most up-to-date game day information regarding Tennessee baseball, please visit our Gameday Central page by clicking HERE. The Gameday Central baseball page has information on tickets, parking, stadium policies and more.

TICKET INFORMATION

Season tickets and single tickets for all SEC contests are EXHAUSTED. Single-game tickets for Wednesday’s game are also sold out, but tickets for all remaining midweek home games can be purchased at AllVols.com or by calling the Tennessee Athletic box office at 865-656-1200 .
Single tickets for all games can also be purchased through Vivid Seats, Tennessee Athletics’ exclusive resale marketplace, by clicking HERE.

In order to keep Lindsey Nelson Stadium as full as possible, we encourage season ticket holders who cannot use their tickets for one or more games to transfer their tickets to someone else (instructions HERE).

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Wednesday’s game will air live on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app as Roger Hoover (PxP) and former MLB pitcher and Knoxville native Chad Bell (analyst) call the action.

The online stream 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.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

HPL Zander Sechrist (2-0, 2.29 ERA) vs. RHP Zebby Matthews (0-4, 5.60 ERA)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: Tennessee leads, 24-7
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads, 17-4
At Cullowhee: Tennessee leads, 6-3
Neutral sites: Tennessee leads, 1-0
Last meeting: W, 14-12 (4/13/21 in Cullowhee, NC)

The Vols have won each of the last seven meetings against the Catamounts, including two wins last season, one in Knoxville and one in Cullowhee.

NOTABLE

Top Rated Flights

After earning their first-ever No. 1 ranking by any poll last week (Perfect Game), the Vols enter this week as the No. 1-ranked unanimous team in college baseball after sweeping Ole Miss, the best classified last weekend in Oxford.

More weekly honors for the Big Orange

After a dominating weekend by the pitching team, two pitchers from Tennessee earned weekly conference honors for their efforts. Second-year right-hander Chase Dollander was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after pitching 6.1 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts against one of the league’s best lineups to secure the series victory Saturday night.

Sunday entry Drew Beam earned SEC Freshman of the Week recognition after a dominating performance in the series finale, holding the Rebels to one run on three hits in 7.1 innings. Beam also tied a career high with six strikeouts in the game.

Flights Off at the beginning of history

Tennessee’s 23-1 record is the best through the first 24 games of a season in program history, breaking the previous mark of 21-3 in 2001. The Vols are only the sixth team to cross the SEC’s first two weeks playing undefeated since the league switched to a 30-game conference schedule in 1996.

Mid-week success

The Big Orange are a perfect 6-0 in midweek games this season and have posted a 45-7 overall record in such games under the head coach. Tony Vitello (2018-pres.).

Another weekend, another sweep

Tennessee recorded its fifth series sweep this season after winning all three road games at the then No. 1 Ole Miss last weekend. Since Vitello took over as head coach in 2018, the Vols have swept 17 weekend series (not including tournaments).

Scans of series by year under Vitello

2022: 5 | 2021: 5 | 2020: 2 | 2019: 3 | 2018: 2

ADVERSARY SCOUT

West Carolina Catamounts

  • Disk: 11-13 (0-0 SoCon)
  • 2021 post-season: N / A
  • SoCon 2022 Pre-Season Poll: 3rd
  • The Head Coach: Bobby Moranda (15th year)
  • Pre-Season Conference Honors:
    • SS Pascanel Ferreras (Team 1/POTY)
    • SP Zebby Matthews (Team 1)
    • 2B Will Prater (Team 1)
    • DH Daniel Walsh (2nd team)

  • Heads of statistics:
    • Batting average: Seth Graves (.365)
    • Races: Zach Ketterman (29)
    • Hits: Will Prater (31)
    • Home runs: Drew Needham (6)
    • RBI: Pascanel Ferreras (20)
    • Stolen bases: Bryson Parks (11)
    • Wins: Campbell/Maize (3)
    • Stops: Zach Franklin (2)
    • ERA (min. 10 IP): Zach Franklin (1.86)
    • WHIP (min. 10 IP): Zach Franklin (1.03)
    • Innings pitched: Zebby Matthews (35.1)
    • Strikeouts: Zebby Matthews (48)

GAME PROMOTIONS

Gameday promotions for all Tennessee Athletics home events can be found on the UT Fan Experience page by clicking HERE.

Fans are encouraged to download the My All app for their phones and devices this season. The app is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store and will allow fans to participate in in-game quizzes, selfie camera with custom filter and more throughout the year.

NEW AT LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM

With palpable excitement surrounding the program, Lindsey Nelson Stadium has added new and improved seating areas and fan amenities to increase capacity and provide a better fan experience this season.

One of the first things fans will see when they arrive is an additional deck of porches behind the left field wall as well as a new chair-back seated bleacher along the left field line.

All porches for the 2022 season are sold out, however, left field bleachers will be sold as general admission seating. Additional food and drink options will be located adjacent to the new bleachers throughout the year. For SEC games, a VolShop location and food trucks will also be located in this area.

UT has removed the playing field along the right field line and renamed the area “The Deck,” which will include a standing room area for UT students while providing additional concession options to help clear congestion in the main hall. To enhance the game day experience, a Petro’s Chili & Chips, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Gameday Sausage kiosk, and new beer kiosk have been added to the deck area.

Vol fans can pick up Coca-Cola, popcorn, and beer from the Plaza kiosks located down the first base line. The VolShop will also have hats and merchandise available in the Plaza. The Fan Experience Hub, your one-stop-shop for game schedules, posters, schedule cards, contest information and more, will also be located in the Plaza area.

Tennessee MVP season ticket holders will also be greeted with an all-new, fully renovated MVP room this season.

ON THE BRIDGE

Tennessee hits the road again for another highly anticipated SEC series this weekend as the Vols head west for an in-state showdown with No. 3/9 Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field in Nashville. The first pitch of Friday’s series opener against the Commodores is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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