Coach Tony Vitello to throw first pitch at Smokies game

Vol players on hand as Smokies hand out Tony Vitello Bobbleheads
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Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 10:58 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee Smokies host fan-favorite UT Night, presented by Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, this Friday, September 10 with current University of Tennessee Baseball players in attendance to meet-and-greet with fans. Players will be available from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the first base entrance way for photos and autographs. Gates open at 6:00pm and first pitch is slated for 7:00pm.

Vols in attendance on UT Night will include Kirby Connell, Drew Gilbert, Redmond Walsh, Luc Lipcius, Ben Joyce, Christian Scott, Trey Lipscomb, and Jorel Ortega.

The first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a limited edition Tony Vitello Bobblehead. Out of the 1,500 bobbleheads, there will be randomly placed exclusive orange jersey bobbleheads. Vitello was awarded the 2021 Mike Martin National Coach of the Year while leading the University of Tennessee baseball team to be the SEC East Champions, a trip to Omaha, and finishing out the season 50-18. Coach Tony Vitello will also be in attendance throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

“We are excited to have the University of Tennessee Baseball Players in attendance Friday night,” General Manager, Tim Volk said. “After a great Vol season it only seemed fitting to bring them out for our UT Night.”

The Tennessee Smokies are in the final homestand of the 2021 season. All ticket vouchers need to be used by the final home game on Sunday, September 12. Tickets can be purchased by going to, by calling the box office at (865)286-2300, or by visiting the Box Office from 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

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