The Tennessee baseball team (24-20, 8-13 SEC) looks to snap a four-game losing skid when the Vols conclude their five-game road swing tonight with a trip to McCormick Field in Asheville, N.C., to face the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs.
UT, which holds a 16-4 all-time advantage against UNCA, will make its first appearance in Asheville since 1991.
The Volunteers took a tight 3-1 decision in Knoxville on April 16. Tennessee scored single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings as Jordan Czarniecki and Josh Alley each had two hits to pace the Vols. Dusty Johnson twirled six shutout innings in picking up the win.
The Diamond Vols are 16-7 in non-conference play this year, having won six of their last seven. They have one remaining non-league game against Belmont on May 7 in Knoxville.
Tennessee is 4-11 on the road this year, picking up wins at The Citadel and ETSU and one each at Auburn and Kentucky. UT won two neutral site games against Old Dominion and James Madison in Charleston, S.C.
After an exhibition contest against the Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday at Smokies Park in Sevierville at 7:15 p.m., the Volunteers jump back into SEC play.
The Vols, who have lost six of their last seven league games, are in fourth place in the Eastern division, two and a half games behind division leader Florida and two games behind South Carolina and Vanderbilt for second.
Tennessee is 2-7 against Western division teams, having dropped all three series - on the road at Auburn and LSU and at home to Ole Miss.
The Vols are coming off a particularly dismal series in Baton Rouge, La. They were outscored 42-14 during the Tigers' three-game sweep, losing 15-4 Sunday afternoon.
UT plays host to Alabama and Arkansas the next two weekends. Both teams are a combined 15-6 against Eastern division opponents.
Diamond Vols off to Asheville
Published: Tue Apr 29, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:08 p.m.