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No. 18 Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina: How To Watch, Pitching Matchups, Prediction

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Tennessee baseball concludes its regular season this weekend as it heads to South Carolina for its final SEC series.

The Vols are on the outside looking in of earning a regional host entering the final weekend of the regular season. Tennessee has won three of its last four series but has struggled badly away from home this season.

South Carolina is banged up and struggling, entering the weekend series losers of three straight series and nine of its last 12 games.

Here’s everything you need to know about the weekend series between Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Game Times — No. 18 Tennessee (36-17, 14-13 SEC) vs. No. 13 South Carolina (37-15, 15-11 SEC)

Game One (Friday): 7 p.m. ET

Game Two (Saturday): 2 p.m. ET

Game Three (Saturday): 45 minutes after game two. Approximately 5:30 p.m. ET

How To Watch

Game One: SEC Network+ stream

Game Two: SEC Network. Live Stream.

Game Three: SEC Network. Live Stream

What Tony Vitello Said About The Series

On his thoughts on the South Carolina series 

“I think they’re playing right now and every SEC game is weighted the same and you’d like to make progress as the year goes on and I can’t speak for where they’re at with everything. They’ve had some really good wins. They go into Fayetteville and win a game which we were not able to. I think there’s no beating around the bush, we need to go on the road and play better overall. Or if you really want to look at it, I think we need to pick up where we left off with our trip down to Georgia and kind of replicate that same mentality and same effort and see where it gets us. Maybe pay attention to what are the one or two areas that all of us, including ourselves, can be a little bit better over the course of the weekend. Finals will be over for everyone— officially. I’ve kind of jumped the gun a little bit but by the time we get on that bus that will be the case. We’ll get in there and do our normal pre series practice that each of the teams do. We’ll just start a day earlier and the best way to try and win a series is to compete in the first game. They’re at home. It’s a tough place to play. I’m sure they expect to hold court or hold serve there. I don’t know where our guys’ mentality is besides they’re glad they won for their seniors tonight and they’re able to get out of here and packed up for tomorrow.”

Projected Pitching Matchups (via Tennessee Game Notes)

Game One — RHP Andrew Lindsey (1-2, 2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 49 K, 16 BB, 48.1 IP) vs. RHP Eli Jones (4-3, 3.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 52 K, 12 BB, 42.1 IP)

Game Two — RHP Chase Dollander (6-5, 4.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 94 K, 25 BB, 68.1 IP) vs. TBD

Game Three — TBD vs. TBD

Bats To Know


Jared Dickey — .352 BA, .422 OBP, 1.014 OPS, 12 HR, 20 XBH, 46 RBI

Griffin Merritt — .301 BA, .389 OBP, 1.088 OPS, 16 HR, 25 XBH, 42 RBI

Christian Moore — .309 BA, .463 OBP, 1.063 OPS, 13 HR, 22 XBH, 40 RBI

Zane Denton — .289 BA, .430 OBP, 1.020 OPS, 12 HR, 23 XBH, 48 RBI

Maui Ahuna — .320 BA, .439 OBP 1.014 OPS, 7 HR, 24 XBH, 36 RBI

South Carolina

Ethan Petry — .378 BA, .461 OBP, 1.222 OPS, 21 HR, 30 XBH, 68 RBI

Cole Messina — .317 BA, .433 OBP, 1.086 OPS, 16 HR, 34 XBH, 61 RBI

Gavin Casas — .264 BA, .422 OBP, 1.051 OPS, 19 HR, 27 XBH, 48 RBI

Braylen Wimmer — .291 BA, .406 OBP, .947 OPS, 11 HR, 20 XBH, 38 RBI

Talmadge LeCroy — .298 BA, .442 OBP, .889 OPS, 4 HR, 12 XBH, 33 RBI

Last Three Series


04/27 — 04/29 — Tennessee swept Mississippi State in Knoxville

05/05 — 05/07 — Georgia won two out of three over Tennessee in Athens

05/12 — 05/14 — Tennessee won two out of three over Kentucky in Knoxville

South Carolina

04/28 — 04/30 — Auburn won two out of three over South Carolina in Auburn

05/05 — 05/07 — Kentucky swept South Carolina in Lexington

05/12 — 05/14 — Arkansas won two out of three over South Carolina in Fayetteville


Tennessee heads to South Carolina this weekend with plenty to play for. The Vols are all but a lock to make the NCAA Tournament but a series win could propel them into range to host a regional.

It feels like a long time ago when South Carolina swept Florida and climbed up to No. 3 in the country but injuries have plagued the Gamecocks since and South Carolina has yet to break out of its slump.

Still, Tennessee has yet to win a single road series this season and has just two true road wins the entire season. Combine that with Jared Dickey’s questionable status with a shoulder injury and I’m leaning towards the Gamecocks defending their home diamond.

This series feels like a toss up but with Tennessee’s road struggles I’m going to have to see road success to believe it.

Prediction: South Carolina wins two out of three

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