First Pitch Time Changed For Tennessee Baseball’s SEC Tournament Opener

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Weather delays have pushed Tennessee baseball’s SEC Tournament opener on Wednesday back a time slot. Instead of beginning play at 5:30 p.m. ET — the third game of the day — the Vols will open play 30 minutes after the 5:30 matchup.

Thunderstorms in Hoover delayed play in Alabama’s win over Georgia Tuesday morning and delayed the start of Florida’s victory over South Carolina as the SEC was only able to play three of the four scheduled games Tuesday.

Kentucky and Auburn’s opening round matchup originally set for Tuesday night is delayed to 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The regular-season conference champion Tennessee will face Vanderbilt in its tournament opener after Vanderbilt knocked off Ole Miss Tuesday night.

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While Tennessee is scheduled to open postseason play Wednesday night, the Weather Channel currently projects thunderstorms in Hoover from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.

The Vols swept both Vanderbilt on the road earlier this season. Texas A&M and Florida occupy the other two spots on Tennessee’s side of the bracket.

Tony Vitello said Tennessee plans to start Blade Tidwell on Wednesday but that the plan was still tentative due weather delays and the lack of definitive opponent.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.