April 15, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina has added a midweek, nonconference baseball road game for Wednesday, April 16, as the Catamounts will now travel to Knoxville and Lindsey Nelson Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm and admission is free.
WCU has lost three games to date this spring due to weather - two at Washington State and one at East Tennessee State. Tennessee's midweek meeting with Virginia Tech in the "Hokie-Smokey Classic" that was scheduled to be played in Salem, Va., on Tuesday was also canceled due to rain, creating the opportunity to add Wednesday's game.
The Last Meeting
March 20, 2013
Tennessee (23-11, 6-9 SEC) enters the week ranked 29th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Vols dropped 2-of-3 on the road at Georgia over the weekend, taking the series opener over the Bulldogs for its fourth-straight victory which came on the heels of five-consecutive losses. UT was ranked as high as 21 prior to the losses at UGa.
WCU and Tennessee have met 26 times previously on the diamond including last year's 10-5 road loss in Knoxville to drop to 7-19 all-time. Wednesday will mark the fourth meeting between the two since 2010 as the 2011 meeting was rained out and not made up.
In last year's meeting, the Catamounts jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a five-run top of the second inning only to see Tennessee score nine, two-out runs on eight hits in the decisive third inning.
Western Carolina (23-11) travels to Winthrop on Tuesday night for a 6:00 pm first pitch against the Eagles. The Catamounts scored an 8-0 victory over Winthrop in its 2014 home opener back on Feb. 18. Both midweek games will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard online through CatamountSports.com with a 15 minute pregame show ahead of the advertised first pitch time.
Fans can also follow Tuesday's game at Winthrop through the Big South Network (http://www.bigsouthsports.com/live/7848) and Wednesday's game at Tennessee with a live video broadcast will also be available for free on UTSports.com/allaccess.