The No. 13 Tennessee Volunteers wrap up their mini four-game road trip with a single game against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park in Johnson City.
The Vols (19-3), winners in 15 of their last 16, are 3-3 on the road this season following a three-game series victory at Mississippi State over the weekend. ETSU (12-13) is 4-6 over its last 10 games after winning eight of nine.
Sophomore Mike Kerfeld (2-0, 0.82 ERA) will be making his third straight midweek start. The left-hander began his UT career with a 10-inning scoreless streak and has held opponents to a .111 batting average through 11 innings this season.
Hot at the plate for Tennessee is shortstop Brian Cleveland who has hit a career-high tying eight straight games. He is hitting .444 during the streak, raising his average from .283 to .342.
Right fielder Michael Rivera, who is tied with second baseman Eric King for the club with a .370 average, has hit safely in 12 of his last 13. King, who has hit in four consecutive games, paces the Vols in hits (34) and runs scored (27).
ETSU counters with senior left-hander Josh Kite (0-1, 7.90) on the hill. Kite's 10 relief appearances on the season ties him for the most on the staff.
Knoxville Catholic High School product, Caleb Moore, leads the Bucs with a .429 batting average. In fact, the ETSU roster boasts six players from the Knoxville area.
Tennessee opens an eight-game home stand with a three-game series against the No. 14 Auburn Tigers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Shut the LeGate: Junior outfielder Chad Legate has left the team for personal reasons. It is reported that he is transferring to UCF. LeGate started 37 games last year, hitting .282 with two homers and 19 RBI's.
Hochevar recovering: Sophomore pitcher Luke Hochevar is recovering well after a freak accident two weeks ago. Hochevar was hit by a batted ball during batting practice before the Vols' series against Siena. The pitcher was taken to the hospital, but was released last Tuesday. He is expected to return in three weeks.