The Tennessee Volunteers, who vaulted to No. 6 in the national rankings following a three-sweep at Georgia last weekend, look to extend their winning streak to nine games with a single non-conference game at Wofford today at 7 p.m.
Tennessee (29-5) is off to the best start in school history and stands atop the Southeastern Conference standings with a 9-3 league record. Wofford (10-18) has dropped 16 of its last 18, including a 4-2 decision to the Vols in Knoxville March 31.
The game will be played at the new $1.8 million Russell C. King Field with a seating capacity of 2,500. Since beginning Division I play in 1996, Wofford had played its games off-campus at Duncan Park, a former minor league baseball facility.
Sophomore right-hander Luke Hochevar (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to make his first start since suffering a head injury during pregame batting practice March 13.
He pitched seven no-hit innings in his only start against Morehead State Feb. 13 and missed three weeks after getting hit in the lower leg by a line drive in that appearance.
Knoxville Farragut High School alum Chris Clark (1-2, 5.76) will start for Wofford. He started the first game against the Vols and pitched a designated two innings, allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout.
Tennessee boasts a couple of hot bats as center fielder Josh Alley is on a career-high nine-game hitting streak, raising his average to .312.
Designated hitter Alex Suarez is also off to a hot start in April, batting .600 (12-for-20) with two doubles and six RBI. He hit .545 (6-for-11) in the Georgia series and has hit safely in the last six games, raising his batting average to a team-best .405.