KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee will aim to keep its hot start to the season going this weekend when the Indiana Hoosiers visit Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a three-game series starting on Friday.
At 4-0, the Vols are off to their best start since 2014 when they won their first 12 games. UT has been dominant on the mound, posting four straight shutouts to start the season for the first time in program history.
Fans can watch Friday and Saturday's games online via SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. Sunday's game will not have an online stream due to a handful of other home events taking place on campus that afternoon, however, a live audio stream of all three games will be available through UTSports.com and the UT Gameday app.
Projected Starting Pitchers
Friday: RHP Garrett Stallings (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Pauly Milto (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Zach Linginfelter (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Tanner Gordon (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Will Neely (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Sommer (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Series History vs. Indiana
Overall: UT leads, 2-1
In Knoxville: UT leads, 2-1
In Bloomington: N/A
Neutral Sites: N/A
Last Meeting: March 5, 2011 in Knoxville (L, 6-3)
This will be the first-ever three-game series between the two programs and just the second meeting overall since the turn of the century. The Vols are 17-22-1 all time against opponents from the Big 10.
Need to Know
Tennessee posted its fourth straight shutout on Tuesday with an 18-0 win over Northern Kentucky, marking the first time in program history that the Vols have shut out four opponents in a row.
UT's pitching staff has been downright dominant, holding opposing hitters to a .118 batting average while averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The staff also ranks ninth in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.40).
The Big Orange are the only team in the nation that has not allowed a run this season. Dating back to last year, UT has not allowed a run in its last 37.2 innings pitched.
With last weekend's opening-series sweep over Appalachian State, the 2019 Vols became the first team in program history to record a three-game series sweep without allowing a run and just the third squad to post three straight shutouts in a season, joining the 1965 and 1916 teams.
UT's pitching staff was dominant against the Mountaineers. Eight total pitchers saw action and held App State to nine total hits while combining for 32 strikeouts over the weekend.
Junior RHP Garrett Stallings shined in his first-career Friday-night start, giving up just one hit in seven scoreless innings while setting a career high with eight strikeouts.
Sophomore LHP Garrett Crochet was unhittable in his lone appearance out of the bullpen last weekend, setting a career high with nine strikeouts in just four innings. The Ocean Springs, Miss., native retired all 12 batters he faced and picked up his first save of the season.
UT is the only Power 5 conference program to return every pitcher that recorded a win last season.
Tennessee's 18 runs on Tuesday were its most since defeating Austin Peay, 18-4, on March 15, 2017.
Junior first baseman Luc Lipcius is off to a red-hot start at the plate after posting a monster performance at the plate on Tuesday afternoon. Lipcius set or tied career highs with three hits, two runs, a homer and five RBIs while also recording his first-career triple. Through four games, Lipcius leads the team with a .500 batting average, six hits, two doubles and six RBI.
Five true freshmen made their Tennessee debuts on Tuesday night against Northern Kentucky: OF Christian Scott, INF Austin Knight, INF Trey Lipscomb, RHP Camden Sewell and RHP Tanner Kohlhepp. In total, nine true freshmen have already seen action for the Vols this season.
Gameday/Stadium Policies & Information
Clear Bag Policy
In an effort to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Tennessee athletic events, UT has implemented a clear bag policy at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Gates will open until 90 minutes prior to game time.
Baseball parking is located in Lots G16, GF2, GF3, GF4, and C22. (Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium events have priority if on same days as baseball games.)
Additional parking is located on the street along Todd Helton Drive. Parking for MVP ticket holders is located in Lot GF1 and handicap parking is located in marked handicap spaces on Pat Head Summitt Drive and G16 Garage.