Red-hot Baseball Vols host C-N

The Tennessee baseball team will look to continue their hot streak when the Carson-Newman Eagles come to Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a mid-week game on Wednesday night. Inside we take a further look at this game.

The sixth-ranked University of Tennessee baseball team will take to the field tonight at 7 to play in-state foe Carson-Newman at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols will be looking for their 23rd home victory.

The Vols sport a sparkling 29-5 record and an SEC-best 9-3 record inside the conference. Carson-Newman carries a 27-20-1 record.

These two schools haven't met since 1999, when the Eagles stunned the Vols 10-5 in Jefferson City. The Vols had previously won 11 straight against Carson-Newman.

The Vols will send sophomore right-hander Luke Hochevar to the mound against the Eagles. He has a 1-0 record and boasts a 0.00 ERA. This will be his first start since a hand injury he suffered during batting practice on March 13th. In his only start this season he pitched superbly against Morehead State, tossing seven innings of no-hit baseball.

The Eagles are expected to send Junior left-hander Charlie Munroe to the mound. He boasts a 3-1 record with a 5.62 ERA.

The Vols are playing the best baseball they have all season. They are coming off an amazing three-game sweep of the Georgia Bulldogs, who at the time were in second place in the SEC East. South Carolina has since overtaken the Bulldogs for the No. 2 spot but the Gamecocks are three full games behind the division-leading Vols.

Tennessee has won nine games in a row and boasts some of the hottest hitters in the conference. Josh Alley carries a nine-game hitting streak and a .312 batting average. Designated Hitter Alex Suarez is sporting a .600 batting average and a six-game hitting streak.

If there is one thing the Vols must do in this game it is to stay focused. Mid-week games like this mean a lot in the rankings and the Vols can't afford to slip up and lose to the Eagles. Tennessee can't afford to look past Carson-Newman to this weekend's huge SEC showdown against the Ole Miss Rebels, who are tied for the lead in the SEC West.

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