Baseball Preview: #2/3 Vols Face Boston College in Midweek Showdown

Vols P Zander Sechrist / Credit: UT Athletics

Baseball Preview: #2/3 Vols Face Boston College in Midweek Showdown

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Playing its first home matchup against a Power Five team in the 2023 season, the second-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are ready for a Tuesday-night battle with Boston College at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

The Volunteers (11-2) look to continue their 11-game win streak and remain perfect in the homestand after a dominant showing against Gonzaga over the weekend. The series, which Tennessee swept, concluded with an offensive explosion from the Big Orange, culminating in 17 runs on 13 hits, with seven of those knocks being for extra-bases.

The game will mark the Vols’ first midweek against a Power Five opponent since April 16, 2013, when they played Virginia Tech in the Hokie-Smokey Classic in Greenville, Tennessee. It will be the first midweek game against a major conference opponent played on Rocky Top since March 11, 2009, when UT hosted Louisville.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the games are available in very limited quantities at AllVols.com.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS

LHP Zander Sechrist (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Henry Leake (1-1, 4.22 ERA)

BROADCAST INFO

Tuesday’s game will stream on SEC Network+ and the ESPN app with Andy Brock (PxP) on the call. The online broadcast 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 call the action on the Vol Network (FM 99.1/AM 990) or via a free audio stream on UTSports.com and the Tennessee Athletics Gameday App.  

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: 0-0 (First Meeting)
in Knoxville: 0-0
in Boston: 0-0
at Neutral Sites: 0-0
Last Meeting: N/A

NOTABLE

ONE STREAK WILL END
Both teams enter Tuesday’s contest with impressive win streaks, but one will have to come to an end. The Vols have won 11 straight, while the Eagles enter the contest winners of eight in a row.

CROOKED NUMBERS
Tennessee’s offense has proven it can strike for a big inning at any time. In last weekend’s series vs. Gonzaga, the Vols scored five-plus runs in an inning on four different occasions.
 
MIDWEEK MASTERS
Under Tony Vitello, UT has posted an impressive 56-8 record in midweek games. UT is off to a 4-0 start in the midweek this year after two wins apiece over Alabama A&M and Charleston Southern.

OPPONENT SCOUT

Boston College Eagles

  • 2023 Record: 8-1 (0-0 ACC)
  • 2022 Record: 19-34 (5-25 ACC)
  • 2022 Postseason: 
  • 2023 ACC Preseason Poll: 7th Atlantic Division
  • Head Coach: Mike Gambino (11th season)
  • Stat Leaders:
    • Average: Peter Burns (.400)
    • OBP: Nick Wang (.487)
    • SLG: Cameron Leary (.774)
    • Hits: Travis Honeyman (11)
    • Runs: Cohl Mercado (9)
    • RBIs: Patrick Roche (9)
    • Doubles: Travis Honeyman (5)
    • Triples: Travis Honeyman (1)
    • Home Runs: Cameron Leary (4)
    • ERA: Chris Flynn (0.00)
    • WHIP: Chris Flynn (.88)
    • BAA: John West (.152)
    • Innings Pitched: Chris Flynn (17.0)
    • Strikeouts: Chris Flynn (27)
    • Wins: Chris Flynn (3)
    • Saves: 4 tied (1)

ON DECK

No. 2/3 Tennessee rounds out its nonconference weekend schedule, welcoming Morehead State to Rocky Top for a three-game series beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets for non-conference home games can be purchased at AllVols.com.

-UT Athletics

Vols P Zander Sechrist / Credit: UT Athletics

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