Twelfth-ranked Tennessee closes out an eight-game home stand with a non-conference rematch against East Tennessee State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols set a school record with 10 doubles in handing the Buccaneers their worst loss of the season, a 20-2 rout in Johnson City March 23.
Tennessee (25-5), winners of four straight, are off to the second-best start in school history after 30 games. Only the 2001 squad posted a better record after 30 games at 26-4. The Buccaneers (14-18) have lost six of their last eight.
Johnson City native Brandon Crowe (0-1, 1.59 ERA) will make his first start of the season for the Volunteers who have won 15 straight non-conference games 25 consecutive non-league contests at home. Crowe has made three career relief appearances against the Bucs, posting a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts.
Right hander Jeremy Hall (4-5, 4.33), one of the Bucs' regular starting pitchers who leads the club with 54 innings pitched, will take the hill as ETSU tries to win in Knoxville for the first time since 1979 and halt a 10-game losing skid to the Volunteers.
Tennessee opens an eight-game road trip this weekend with an SEC series at No. 25 Georgia.