The series opens with a 3 p.m. game Friday, continues with a noon start on Saturday and concludes with a 2 p.m. start on Sunday.
Tennessee's starting pitching carried it in Games 1-3 but slipped a bit last weekend in the ESPN Radio Shootout. Fortunately for the Vols, their bullpen that picked up the slack, earning all three victories, along with a save. All told, UT relievers pitched 15.1 innings and posted an eye-catching 1.73 ERA. Dusty Johnson, Luke Hochevar and Beau Massey all picked up wins in relief. The three hurlers did not allow a run or a walk in 10 innings while striking out nine and giving up just six hits.
Johnson pitched 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball. Hochevar hurled 4 1/3 innings of one-hit ball and Massey pitched a shutout inning with one hit allowed.
Junior catcher Javi Herrera belted two home runs last weekend in helping the Vols hit .372 (42-for-113) and average 8.3 runs per game in the ESPN event. He is one of seven Vol starters batting .350 or better two weeks into the season.