SEC Baseball Series Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Kentucky

Kentucky-Tennessee baseball series preview

Tennessee travels to Kentucky for a 3-game, Thursday-Saturday SEC baseball series. 14Powers.com SEC Baseball previews this series and predicts the series winner.

By 14Powers SEC Baseball Staff

Trey Lipscomb of Tennessee
Trey Lipscomb of Tennessee
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Kentucky Proud Park (5,000)
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky
Ryan Ritter of Kentucky

Series Schedule May 5-7

  Day Start Time (ET) TV Tickets
Game 1 Thursday 7:00 PM SEC Network Tickets
Game 2 Friday 6:30 PM SEC Network+ Tickets
Game 3 Saturday 2:00 PM SEC Network+ Tickets

Team Statistical Comparisons

Hitting

  BA OB% R H 2B 3B HR SF BB Bunts SB
Tennessee 0.311 0.424 414 466 107 20 103 23 263 7 58
Kentucky 0.283 0.379 300 424 87 9 44 20 186 15 53

Pitching & Fielding

  ERA K/9 OBA HA/9 HB SWR WHIP HR BB/9 DP F%
Tennessee 2.20 11.2 0.182 5.77 24 4.56 0.91 37 2.45 25 0.981
Kentucky 5.24 10.8 0.265 9.40 55 2.43 1.54 40 4.44 28 0.974

Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Drew Gilbert Tennessee 0.367 0.471 44 12 4 4 43 24 3
Trey Lipscomb Tennessee 0.361 0.429 60 11 3 18 65 17 2
Jordan Beck Tennessee 0.320 0.388 56 12 1 11 37 18 6
Jorel Ortega Tennessee 0.311 0.389 46 9 4 11 32 16 2
Evan Russell Tennessee 0.304 0.406 41 11 1 10 34 23 6
Luc Lipcius Tennessee 0.287 0.471 35 7 1 11 25 45 9
Cortland Lawson Tennessee 0.276 0.401 37 6 1 9 32 27 1

Tennessee Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Chase Burns Tennessee 7 1 2.09 11 11 0 56 39 18 13 21 75 0.189
Drew Beam Tennessee 8 0 2.14 11 11 0 63 33 15 15 11 51 0.153
Chase Dollander Tennessee 6 0 2.94 9 9 0 46 29 15 15 8 72 0.175

Kentucky Batting Leaders

Player Team AVG OBP H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Daniel Harris IV Kentucky 0.324 0.419 47 6 2 2 24 16 8
Chase Estep Kentucky 0.315 0.435 53 11 1 12 38 32 13
Ryan Ritter Kentucky 0.291 0.371 50 9 2 5 29 14 11
Hunter Jump Kentucky 0.290 0.365 51 7 0 2 22 18 4
Jacob Plastiak Kentucky 0.283 0.379 49 10 2 12 40 20 3
John Thrasher Kentucky 0.270 0.384 31 7 1 1 18 16 7
Adam Fogel Kentucky 0.256 0.326 41 12 0 3 24 13 1
Alonzo Rubalcaba Kentucky 0.234 0.324 29 6 1 3 28 15 1

Kentucky Pitching Leaders

Player Team W L ERA APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO OBA
Sean Harney Kentucky 5 3 2.82 11 2 0 44 37 14 14 13 46 0.222

Massey College Baseball Ranking Composite

Tennessee:

1

Kentucky:

65

Tennessee Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
27 Jordan Beck OF 6′-3″ 213 Jr. Hazel Green AL
12 Kyle Booker OF 5′-10″ 175 So. Southaven MS
35 Kirby Connell LHP 5′-10″ 190 Jr. Blacksburg SC
17 Jared Dickey OF 6′-2″ 210 R-Fr. Mount Juliet TN
11 Chase Dollander RHP 6′-3″ 200 So. Evans GA
18 Hunter Ensley OF 6′-1″ 185 R-Fr. Huntingdon TN
34 Hollis Fanning RHP 6′-7″ 200 So. Tullahoma TN
42 Jake Fitzgibbons LHP 5′-11″ 160 So. Mount Tenn. TN
1 Drew Gilbert OF/LHP 5′-9″ 180 Jr. Stillwater MN
19 Seth Halvorsen RHP 6′-2″ 225 R-Jr. Plymouth MN
15 Austen Jaslove INF 6′-2″ 171 R-Fr. Knoxville TN
44 Ben Joyce RHP 6′-5″ 225 R-Jr. Knoxville TN
9 Cortland Lawson INF 6′-2″ 200 Jr. Potomac Falls VA
40 Luc Lipcius 1B 6′-2″ 215 R-Sr. Williamsburg VA
21 Trey Lipscomb INF 6′-1″ 200 Sr. Frederick MD
41 Will Mabrey LHP 6′-0″ 185 Jr. Cookeville TN
33 Mark McLaughlin RHP 6′-3″ 220 Jr. Johns Creek GA
10 Ryan Miller C 6′-3″ 200 R-Fr. Dublin OH
2 Jorel Ortega INF 6′-0″ 195 Jr. Naranjito PR
53 Drew Patterson LHP 6′-3″ 196 R-Fr. Knoxville TN
30 Ethan Payne INF 6′-2″ 210 Jr. Memphis TN
6 Evan Russell C/OF 5′-11″ 195 Sr. Lexington TN
8 Christian Scott OF 5′-9″ 175 Sr. Clarksville TN
55 Shawn Scott LHP 6′-0″ 176 So. Clarksville TN
48 Zander Sechrist LHP 6′-2″ 175 So. Buford GA
16 Camden Sewell RHP 6′-4″ 190 Sr. Cleveland TN
5 Logan Steenstra INF 6′-5″ 210 Jr. Liberty MO
14 Charlie Taylor C 5′-10″ 185 R-Fr. Dunwoody GA
29 Blade Tidwell RHP 6′-4″ 200 So. Loretto TN
46 Redmond Walsh LHP 5′-10″ 170 R-Sr. Louisville TN

Kentucky Roster

NO. Name Pos. HT WT Class City ST
28 Oraj Anu OF 6′-1″ 240 Gr. Orlando FL
35 Tyler Bosma LHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Holland MI
7 Devin Burkes C 6′-3″ 210 R-Fr. Bradenton FL
41 Evan Byers LHP 5′-11″ 180 R-Fr. Nicholasville KY
6 Reuben Church INF 6′-2″ 245 So. Maryville TN
23 Magdiel Cotto LHP 6′-4″ 245 So. Fort Mill SC
30 Michael Dallas INF 6′-1″ 185 Fr. Arlington TN
31 Alex Degen RHP 6′-8″ 205 Sr. Readington Township NJ
12 Chase Estep INF 6′-0″ 195 Jr. Corbin KY
2 Jase Felker INF 6′-2″ 180 Jr. Princeton KY
55 Adam Fogel OF 6′-5″ 220 Gr. Palos Verdes Estates CA
11 Colby Frieda RHP 6′-3″ 220 Fr. St. Johns FL
44 Reed Gannon LHP 6′-3″ 195 Fr. Minooka IL
14 Tyler Guilfoil RHP 6′-4″ 215 Jr. Lexington KY
24 Ryan Hagenow RHP 6′-5″ 215 So. Knoxville TN
34 Sean Harney RHP 6′-0″ 190 Gr. Natick MA
54 Daniel Harper RHP 6′-4″ 225 Gr. Fairway KS
1 Daniel Harris IV INF 6′-0″ 195 Gr. Stone Moutain GA
50 Mason Hazelwood LHP 6′-5″ 235 Gr. Salvisa KY
46 Christian Howe RHP 6′-4″ 190 Fr. Danville KY
21 Wyatt Hudepohl RHP 6′-4″ 220 So. Mason OH
10 Hunter Jump OF 5′-11″ 210 Gr. Aliso Viejo CA
42 Tanner Kim INF/OF 6′-0″ 190 Fr. Knoxville TN
48 Zack Lee RHP 6′-4″ 200 Jr. Effingham IL
8 Kirk Liebert OF/C 6′-0″ 195 Sr. Owensboro KY
25 Seth Logue RHP 6′-1″ 180 So. Mason OH
19 Nolan McCarthy UTIL 6′-0″ 200 R-Fr. Kalamazoo MI
13 James McCoy INF 6′-4″ 210 Fr. Dunwoody GA
20 Mason Moore RHP 6′-4″ 205 Fr. Morehead KY
43 Jackson Nove LHP 6′-5″ 215 Fr. Fairfax Iowa
4 Émilien Pitre INF 5′-11″ 175 Fr. Repentigny QC
26 Jacob Plastiak INF 6′-3″ 225 Sr. Chicago IL
47 Ryan Ritter INF 6′-2″ 200 Jr. Tinley Park IL
9 Alonzo Rubalcaba C 6′-0″ 210 Sr. Fairfield CA
33 Travis Smith RHP 6′-4″ 215 Fr. Walton KY
49 Austin Strickland RHP 6′-2″ 205 So. Winchester OH
16 Cole Stupp RHP 6′-4″ 205 Jr. Milton GA
22 John Thrasher OF 6′-2″ 185 Gr. Ridgefield CT
5 Darren Williams RHP 6′-6″ 230 Gr. Maysville KY

Tennessee Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 4:30 PM ET Georgia So 0 Tennessee 9 SEC Network+
19-Feb 3:00 PM ET Georgia So 3 Tennessee 10 SEC Network+
20-Feb 1:00 PM ET Georgia So 0 Tennessee 14 SEC Network+
22-Feb 4:30 PM ET Tennessee Tech 4 Tennessee 5 SEC Network+
23-Feb 4:30 PM ET UNC Asheville 1 Tennessee 16 SEC Network+
25-Feb 4:30 PM ET Iona 1 Tennessee 27 SEC Network+
26-Feb 3:00 PM ET Iona 0 Tennessee 29 SEC Network+
27-Feb 1:00 PM ET Iona 2 Tennessee 12 SEC Network+
1-Mar 6:30 PM ET ETSU 1 Tennessee 4 SEC Network+
4-Mar 8:00 PM ET Tennessee 2 Texas 7 SEC Network+
5-Mar 4:00 PM ET Baylor 5 Tennessee 10 SEC Network+
6-Mar 12:00 PM ET Tennessee 8 Oklahoma 0 SEC Network+
8-Mar 6:30 PM ET James Madison 8 Tennessee 9 SEC Network+
9-Mar 4:00 PM ET James Madison 2 Tennessee 10 SEC Network+
11-Mar 6:30 PM ET Rhode Island 4 Tennessee 17 SEC Network+
11-Mar 6:30 PM ET Rhode Island 3 Tennessee 8 SEC Network+
12-Mar 6:00 PM ET Rhode Island PPD Tennessee PPD SEC Network+
13-Mar 1:00 PM ET Rhode Island 3 Tennessee 12 SEC Network+
15-Mar 6:30 PM ET E Kentucky 1 Tennessee 7 SEC Network+
18-Mar 6:30 PM ET South Carolina 3 Tennessee 7 SEC Network+
19-Mar 12:00 PM ET South Carolina 2 Tennessee 5 SEC Network
20-Mar 1:00 PM ET South Carolina 0 Tennessee 10 SEC Network+
22-Mar 6:30 PM ET Butler 3 Tennessee 13 SEC Network+
25-Mar 7:30 PM ET Tennessee 12 Ole Miss 1 SEC Network+
26-Mar 8:00 PM ET Tennessee 10 Ole Miss 3 SEC Network
27-Mar 2:30 PM ET Tennessee 4 Ole Miss 3 SEC Network+
30-Mar 6:30 PM ET W Carolina 1 Tennessee 11 SEC Network+
1-Apr 7:00 PM ET Tennessee 6 Vanderbilt 2 ESPN2
2-Apr 8:00 PM ET Tennessee 5 Vanderbilt 2 SEC Network
3-Apr 2:00 PM ET Tennessee 5 Vanderbilt 0 SEC Network+
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Lipscomb 1 Tennessee 5 SEC Network+
8-Apr 6:30 PM ET Missouri 3 Tennessee 8 SEC Network+
9-Apr 7:00 PM ET Missouri 4 Tennessee 11 SEC Network
10-Apr 1:00 PM ET Missouri 3 Tennessee 4 SEC Network+
12-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 2 Tennessee Tech 3 SEC Network+
15-Apr 6:30 PM ET Alabama 6 Tennessee 3 SEC Network+
16-Apr 6:00 PM ET Alabama 2 Tennessee 9 SEC Network+
17-Apr 1:00 PM ET Alabama 4 Tennessee 15 SEC Network+
22-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 8 Florida 2 SEC Network+
23-Apr 6:30 PM ET Tennessee 3 Florida 0 SEC Network+
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Tennessee 6 Florida 4 SEC Network+
26-Apr 6:30 PM ET Xavier 1 Tennessee 10 SEC Network+
29-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 4 Tennessee 17 SEC Network
30-Apr 7:00 PM ET Auburn 8 Tennessee 6 SEC Network
1-May 1:00 PM ET Auburn 3 Tennessee 5 SEC Network+
3-May 6:30 PM ET Alabama A&M Tennessee SEC Network+
5-May 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network
6-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
7-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
10-May 6:30 PM ET Bellarmine Tennessee SEC Network+
12-May 7:00 PM ET Georgia Tennessee ESPNU
13-May 5:30 PM ET Georgia Tennessee SEC Network
14-May 1:00 PM ET Georgia Tennessee SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Belmont Tennessee SEC Network+
19-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+
20-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+
21-May TBA Tennessee Mississippi St SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Kentucky Schedule/Results

DATE TIME GUEST
RUNS
HOME
RUNS
TV/NOTES
18-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 10 J’Ville St 8 ESPN+
19-Feb 4:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 J’Ville St 2 ESPN+
20-Feb 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 J’Ville St 1 ESPN+
22-Feb 4:00 PM ET SE Missouri St PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network +
25-Feb 4:00 PM ET W Michigan 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
26-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 12 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
27-Feb 1:00 PM ET W Michigan 5 Kentucky 16 SEC Network+
1-Mar 4:00 PM ET Western KY 7 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
2-Mar 4:00 PM ET Evansville 4 Kentucky 5 SEC Network+
4-Mar 4:00 PM ET TCU 11 Kentucky 13 SEC Network+
5-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU 12 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
6-Mar 1:00 PM ET TCU PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
8-Mar 4:00 PM ET Murray State 1 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
9-Mar 4:00 PM ET Ohio 9 Kentucky 8 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 14 SEC Network+
11-Mar 4:00 PM ET High Point 5 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
12-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
13-Mar 1:00 PM ET High Point 3 Kentucky 4 SEC Network+
15-Mar 5:00 PM ET Kentucky 7 Indiana 20
18-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Arkansas 6 SEC Network+
19-Mar 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 9 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
20-Mar 3:00 PM ET Kentucky 1 Arkansas 3 SEC Network+
22-Mar 6:30 PM ET Morehead State 5 Kentucky 7 SEC Network+
25-Mar TBA Georgia 4 Kentucky 2 SEC Network+
26-Mar TBA Georgia 8 Kentucky 10 SEC Network+
27-Mar 12:00 PM ET Georgia 5 Kentucky 18 SEC Network
29-Mar 6:30 PM ET E Kentucky 6 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
1-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
2-Apr TBA Ole Miss 2 Kentucky 9 SEC Network+
3-Apr 1:00 PM ET Ole Miss 10 Kentucky 1 SEC Network+
5-Apr 6:30 PM ET Louisville PPD Kentucky PPD SEC Network+
7-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 2 Texas A&M 3 ESPNU
8-Apr 7:30 PM ET Kentucky 7 Texas A&M 3 SEC Network+
9-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 3 Texas A&M 17 SEC Network
12-Apr 6:30 PM ET Bellarmine 1 Kentucky 11 SEC Network+
14-Apr 8:00 PM ET Kentucky 15 Missouri 6 ESPNU
15-Apr 7:00 PM ET Kentucky 4 Missouri 9 SEC Network+
16-Apr 2:00 PM ET Kentucky 6 Missouri 10 SEC Network
19-Apr 5:00 PM ET Kentucky 2 Louisville 4 ACC Network
22-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 10 Kentucky 0 SEC Network+
23-Apr 12:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 2 Kentucky 3 SEC Network
24-Apr 1:00 PM ET Vanderbilt 5 Kentucky 3 SEC Network+
26-Apr 6:30 PM ET Dayton 1 Kentucky 12 SEC Network+
29-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 2 Florida 9 SEC Network+
30-Apr 6:30 PM ET Kentucky 1 Florida 9 SEC Network+
1-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 8 Florida 1 SEC Network
5-May 7:00 PM ET Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network
6-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
7-May TBA Tennessee Kentucky SEC Network+
10-May 6:30 PM ET UT Martin Kentucky SEC Network+
13-May TBA Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network+
14-May 12:00 PM ET Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network
15-May TBA Kentucky South Carolina SEC Network+
17-May 6:30 PM ET Tennessee Tech Kentucky SEC Network+
19-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
20-May 6:30 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
21-May 2:00 PM ET Auburn Kentucky SEC Network+
May 24-29 SEC Baseball Tournament
Jun 3-27 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Tennessee-Kentucky Series Prediction

Tennessee has won the last three series after Kentucky won three straight between 2015-17, including two sweeps in Lexington. The Volunteers have won four consecutive series over the Wildcats since 1992-95. Tennessee last swept Kentucky in 2019 and owns six in the last 29 series. The Vols own a 17-12 series advantage since 1992, including an 8-6 mark in Lexington with a 49-38 in regular-season games.

Tennessee has won all seven series this season and puts its nine SEC road series win streak on the line this weekend at Kentucky. The Volunteers are undefeated in conference road games, going 9-0. They have won 10 consecutive SEC road games dating back to last season. Its next conference win will mark the fifth 20-win SEC season in school history and second straight. It won 20 in 1993, 24 in 1994, 22 in 1995 and 20 in 2021.

Kentucky looks to snap its five SEC series losing streak and reverse a trend that has seen it go 2-6 in its last eight conference games. The Wildcats own one league series victory over Georgia in week two. After winning 12 SEC home series between 2016-18, they have only three in the last three seasons. (Source: SEC)

This one seems pretty easy to predict. However, while Kentucky should be the big-time underdog, you can’t overlook the Wildcats if you are Tennessee. If the Vols do not have a sense of urgency I could see Kentucky possibly pulling out a home win. Last weekend the Wildcats dropped a series to Florida 2 games to 1. The Cats lost game one by 8 runs and game two by 7 runs. However, they turned things around in game 3 winning 8-1. Tennessee is on a glide path to being SEC regular-season champions and might have things locked up next weekend. It’s human nature to get a little complacent. That means UK has a shot at winning one. If they do that’ll be their only win this weekend. All that said, I’m still predicting a Tennessee sweep.

Tennessee 3 wins, Kentucky 0 win

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