The start time for Tennessee Baseball’s second game against Dayton in this weekend’s three game series has been pushed back to 4;30 p.m. ET instead of 2 p.m. ET, Tennessee Baseball announced Saturday morning. With the weather forecast showing rain from Noon until 5 p.m., weather is most likely the reason for the pushed back start time.
👀 new start time
🕟 4:30 p.m.
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The game will be broadcast on SECN+.
Tennessee took game one of the series against Dayton, 12-2. Chase Dollander turned in his best start of the season, throwing 12 Ks in 5.2 innings. Dollander got the win for the night, his first of the season.
The Vols stayed hot at the plate, picking up where the left off in the midweek. Three Vols hit home runs, as Jared Dickey, Griffin Merritt, and Jake Kendro all left the yard. Kendro and Merritt’s home runs were their first in a Tennessee uniform, and Kendro’s blast was his first of his college career.
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Dickey’s bomb was his second of the season, and it may have been Tennessee’s most impressive home run so far in 2023. Dickey smacked a 1-1 pitch over the batter’s eye for a two-run shot that gave Tennessee an 8-2 run in just the third inning.
Tennessee coasted from the third inning on, tallying four more runs and limiting the Flyers to none. AJ Russell retired every batter he faced and had five strikeouts on the night, and Aaron Combs struck out the side in order to close things out in the ninth.
The Vols will look to keep the foot on the gas and take the series in game two against the Flyers, but they’ll have to do so without head coach Tony Vitello again, as Vitello has been suspended for the entire three-game series by Tennessee.