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Tennessee vs. Charlotte: How To Watch, Projected Pitching Matchups, Players To Know

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Tennessee baseball is headed to Clemson for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. But before the Vols face the regional hosts Tigers they have to knock off Charlotte in their NCAA Tournament opener.

Charlotte is in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Conference USA Tournament last week. The 49ers were the six-seed in the event and lost their first game before winning xx straight games including over Dallas Baptist.

Here’s everything to know about Tennessee baseball’s NCAA Tournament opener against Charlotte.

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Game Time — No. 2 Tennessee (38-19, 16-14 SEC) vs. No. 3 Charlotte (34-26, 17-12 CUSA)

6 p.m. ET Friday night

How To Watch

TV: ESPNU. WatchESPN Stream

What Tony Vitello Said About Charlotte

On where he’s seen Charlotte infielder Austin Knight improve since transferring away from Tennessee

“When we went over there a couple of years ago during a midweek, he made some plays at third base. He did that here though. He was capable of being a good defender anywhere on the infield. We used him at first base and came in naturally as a shortstop. He was naturally in that mix of Trey [Lipscomb] and Jorel [Ortega] – his buddy Max Ferguson – who could really play anywhere. It’s not like he hasn’t improved in those areas, but he’s always had those capabilities of playing anywhere on the field. He pinch ran for us a couple of times, so athletic enough to be a good base runner. And then hitting, everybody evolves each year. You tinker a little bit with stance and stuff like that. He is an aggressive hitter and a guy who wants to hit. We have seen that in his time here and then that one occasion we drove over there and played on a Tuesday. Since, you started to break down the video that I’m sure those guys have checked out. That aggression stays there. For him and everyone else, it’s about getting older and getting more mature. That’s kind of what our game has become. I don’t want to say old man’s game because we are talking about 22 and 23-year-olds. But shorten draft, COVID, transfer portal – it’s surely made it to where you maybe don’t have to be older in age, but you better have a level of maturity to you and better be as physical of a guy like Luc Lipcius, who is an old man now. Old, retired and married. Probably making money too.”

On Knoxville native and Charlotte star Cam Fisher, plans to slow him down

“Not to this point other than I know where he trained. Again, you talk about maturity it can come in a bunch of different ways and physically I know where he trains with crazy Charlie. He’s been with him at times and has transformed his body into one that’s capable of doing the things you’re talking about. He needs to be on Father Day thankful because he has good genes and a good mindset from his dad who has from day one when we got hired. If I’m not mistaken, he was already committed before we got hired to the first university he attended (Ole Miss). But ever since then his dad has been helpful to us in the community. He’s been fun to talk to at the park, within the rules, and he’s a good baseball mind. I joke about Father’s Day because he got good genes and a good mindset from his dad. Good family and it’s good to see him having a good year and it goes without saying that you prefer him to not have too good of a year against us.”

Projected Pitching Matchups

RHP Andrew Lindsey (2-2, 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 54 K, 16 BB, 56.2 IP) vs. LHP Collin Kramer (6-4, 4.55 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 64 K, 34 BB, 61.1 IP)

Bats To Know


Jared Dickey — .343 BA, .411 OBP, .989 OPS, 12 HR, 21 XBH, 46 RBI

Griffin Merritt — .293 BA, .379 OBP, 1.061 OPS, 17 HR, 27 XBH, 43 RBI

Christian Moore — .300 BA, .449 OBP, 1.016 OPS, 13 HR, 22 XBH, 40 RBI

Zane Denton — .279 BA, .415 OBP, .979 OPS, 12 HR, 24 XBH, 50 RBI

Maui Ahuna — .313 BA, .433 OBP .993 OPS, 7 HR, 26 XBH, 38 RBI


Cam Fisher — .352 BA, .509 OBP, 1.340 OPS, 30 HR, 42 XBH, 64 RBI

Brandon Stahlman — .293 BA, .377 OBP, .860 OPS, 8 HR, 23 XBH, 45 RBI

Jack Dragum — .286 BA, .365 OBP, .836 OPS, 10 HR, 23 XBH, 48 RBI

Jake Cunningham — .281 BA, .380 OBP, .936 OPS, 11 HR, 25 XBH, 40 RBI

Austin Knight — .242 BA, .306 OBP, .768 OPS, 11 HR, 19 XBH, 38 RBI

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