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No. 4 Tennessee Baseball vs. LSU: How To Watch, Pitching Matchups, Prediction

Dean Curley and Kavares Tears celebrate against Ole Miss // Photo via UT Athletics

Tennessee baseball returns to Lindsey Nelson Stadium this weekend for its most anticipated home series of the season as they host the defending National Champion LSU Tigers.

The Vols have won three straight SEC series and are looking to make it a fourth before they head to Kentucky for a highly touted road series.

Here’s everything to know about the weekend series.

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How To Watch — No. 4 Tennessee (27-6, 7-5 SEC) vs. LSU (22-12, 3-9 SEC)

Game One

  • 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Watch: ESPNU
  • PxP: Tom Hart, CC: Chris Burke

Game Two

  • 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network
  • PxP: Tom Hart, CC: Chris Burke

Game Three

  • 3 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network
  • PxP: Tom Hart, CC: Chris Burke

What Tennessee HC Tony Vitello Said About LSU

On LSU and its season to date

“Yeah, I haven’t studied everybody’s record in the league. It’s a little too early to assess that because a lot of people around here might have counted us out about halfway through the year [in 2023]. So, when you start building up repetitions, the 30 games will kind of let you know where you stand. If you can just stay afloat and stay around .500, you’re one of the better teams in the county. The teams that I’ve seen in our league and any games that I’ve watched, about everybody belongs in that category for right now. With them, yeah. You’ve got one of the biggest traditions and one of the biggest names in our sport. A lot of those guys that contributed to that national championship are still around. It’s a tall task whether you’re at home or on the road or playing whatever team, but this one certainly comes with a lot of boxes that are checked by what I’m talking about or about what you [reporter] referred to.”

On if LSU is similar to what they were last season

“I think so. We’ve had some coaching staff changes in our league. So, by the end of the weekend you can kind of see some differences. It’s not that there are pros and cons, it’s that there’s more than one way to skin a cat so to speak. The same coaching staff and again a storied, traditional program. Or a program with tradition, I should say. I’m kind of going over some of the names in my head. It’s nice when you can run [Paul] Skenes out there, and of course [Dylan] Crews. All the teams in our league seem to reload, whether it be transfer portal, junior college or high school recruiting. Fortunately, we are getting to a point – and it started with the elimination of some of the minor league teams – the rich kind of get richer in the SEC. A lot of these high school kids are saying no to the draft because they see how good life is and maybe there’s fewer jobs in minor league baseball. So, everyone kind of seems to reload. We will spend a couple of days familiarizing ourselves with any new faces. But again, a lot of returners.”

On LSU RHP Luke Holman

“I think it’s a deal where the stuff in our league, not just with him, in our league, kind of shrinks your availability. Whether it’s how good the stuff is coming at ya, how much movement it is. It’s not like me flipping it to you in the cage. So you have to have a specific plan about what you want to do. There’s not as much room for error if it’s not just flipping it to ya, but a BP guy throwing it to ya over hand. Like a lot of the guys in our league, it’s not only good stuff, it’s not only good stuff with good movement, but it’s a multitude of pitches that he’s able to throw in multiple situations.”

Projected Pitching Matchups

Game One

TBD vs. LHP Gage Jump (7 GS, 2-0, 3.98 ERA, 31.2 IP, 38 K, 11 BB, 1.14 WHIP)

Game Two

RHP Drew Beam (4-1, 3.63 ERA, 44.2 IP, 40 K, 7 BB, 1.21 WHIP) vs. RHP Luke Holman (8 GS, 6-1, 2.02 ERA, 44.2 IP, 71 K, 13 BB,0.92 WHIP)

Game Three

LHP Zander Sechrist (8 GS, 1-0, 3.37 ERA, 26.5 IP, 32 K, 5 BB, 1.13 WHIP) vs. TBD

Bats To Know


1B Blake Burke — .410/.474/.863, 11 HR, 30 EBH, 30 RBI, 15 BB, 20 K

2B Christian Moore — .351/.426/.740, 13 HR, 25 EBH, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 27 K

OF Kavares Tears — .410/.523/.790, 10 HR, 18 EBH, 29 RBI, 25 BB, 21 K

LF Dylan Dreiling — .353/.472/.833, 12 HR, 24 EBH, 44 RBI, 22 BB, 26 K

DH/OF/3B Dalton Bargo — .339/.435/.694, 6 HR, 10 EBH, 22 RBI, 8 BB, 21 K


Tommy White — .324/.422/.596, 11 HR, 15 EBH, 29 RBI, 19 BB, 17 K

Jared Jones — .304/.455/.737, 14 HR, 22 EBH, 34 RBI, 26 BB, 35 K

Hayden Travinski — .298/.441/.579, 8 HR, 16 EBH, 31 RBI, 22 BB, 33 K

Mac Bingham — .298/.416/.544, 8 HR, 12 EBH, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 23 K

Steven Milam — .314/.414./.383, 0 HR, 6 EBH, 17 RBI, 17 BB, 18 K

Last Three Series


  • Won two out of three at Auburn
  • Won two out of three against Georgia at home
  • Won two out of three against Ole Miss at home


  • Lost two out of three at home against Vanderbilt
  • Arkansas swept LSU in Fayetteville
  • Lost two out of three at home against Florida


Tennessee faces LSU in a series between two of the most talented rosters in the country. It’s been a bad stretch of series for the Tigers but this is a team that could very easily turn it around the way Tennessee did the back half of SEC play last season.

While Friday’s game is usually the fun pitching matchup in the SEC, this one will come on Saturday as Drew Beam faces off against Luke Holman. I feel very good about Tennessee’s chances of winning a series rubber match on Sunday. I think they take one of the first two games to claim the weekend series.

Tennessee wins two out of three

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