Junior right-handed pitcher Chase Dollander will probably for Tennessee baseball Saturday night against Arkansas, Tony Vitello said following the Vols’ 5-2 series opening loss Friday night.
“(He’s) More than likely to start tomorrow,” Vitello said. “We’ll talk about it as a staff but he was probably 95 pitches last week. … It would have been interesting if we left Do in the game last week but we want him to throw a full start for us. I don’t know if that’s 100 pitches or 80 pitches or whatever that might be. Good chance he starts tomorrow, bottom line.”
Dollander entered the season as one of the most highly touted college pitchers in the last decade and as the Vols’ Friday night starter. However, Dollander hasn’t pitched near his potential or last year’s production so far this season. The second-year Georgia Southern transfer has a 4-3 record and 4.19 ERA on the season and a 6.00 ERA in SEC play.
The early SEC struggles led to Tennessee going with reliever Andrew Lindsey as its Friday night starter while likely bumping sophomore Chase Burns to the bullpen.
First time Tennessee starter Andrew Lindsey was strong against the Razorbacks but the Vols’ defense did him no favors. Three Tennessee errors helped led to four runs and two earned runs in three innings pitched.
First pitch for game two of the weekend series is at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.