"It's always tough to go on the road in this league, it doesn't really matter where you go," UK Baseball coach, John Cohen said. "Tennessee has a terrific club and they're going to want to prove something after losing two to Mississippi State last week."
The weekend series should be an interesting one with senior left-hander Aaron Tennyson (4-1, 3.22) getting the start against southpaw James Adkins (4-2, 2.41) on Friday night in a tough pitching dual that should be fun to watch. The Wildcat pitcher is coming off an outstanding performance against LSU, where he gave up only two runs.
"They have some great arms," Cohen commented. "(James) Adkins is one of the best left-handers in the country and he's somebody we're going to have to deal with."
Friday evening's match-up and all the series games can be heard locally at WXRA 1580-AM or online at www.UKathletics.com.
"I think we're ready," Cohen said of the roadtrip. "We have a lot of guys who went through the SEC last year and have that experience so they know what to expect. That's the biggest difference between our club this year and last year. We have that experience now and we're not relying on freshmen to win road games for us in the SEC."
Kentucky has played the Vols more than any other opponent in history. The two teams have met 278 times since 1905. This year's game against Tennessee should be especially difficult for Kentucky, following up a top ten home stand against LSU.
"I think every time we line up against another SEC team we're facing a team that is capable of beating anybody in the country," Cohen added. "It goes with the territory, but it's also what makes this the best conference in college baseball. We love the challenge that every game brings and we're going to go try to win another series this weekend."
Kentucky – 18-4, 2-1 SEC
Tennessee – 16-5, 0-0 SEC
Kentucky – No. 26 (Collegiate Baseball)
Tennessee – No. 12 (Baseball America)
Games at Knoxville, Tenn. (times Eastern)
Lindsey Nelson Stadium - 4,000
Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m.
Projected Pitching Match-Ups
LHP Aaron Tennyson, Sr. (4-1, 3.22) vs. LHP James Adkins, So. (4-2, 2.41)
LHP Craig Snipp, Sr. (4-0, 1.69) vs. RHP Craig Cobb, Jr. (4-0, 1.75)
RHP Greg Dombrowski, So. (4-0, 1.26) vs. RHP Josh Lindblom, Fr. (4-1, 2.75)
Projected UK Line-Up (Avg-HR-RBI)
C (L) Sean Coughlin (.323-6-19)
-or- (R) Justin Scutchfield (.212-0-7)
1B (R) Ryan Strieby (.395-5-31)
2B (R) John Shelby (.234-3-19)
3B (L) Michael Bertram (.351-2-14)
-or- Matt McKinney (.424-0-8)
SS (S) Ryan Wilkes (.333-0-10)
LF (R) Shaun Lehmann (.191-2-7)
CF (L) Antone DeJesus (.370-2-19)
RF (R) Collin Cowgill (.347-5-22)
DH (L) Billy Grace (.345-4-16)
-or- (R) Brian Hastings (.256-0-10)
WHY TO WATCH OUT FOR KENTUCKY