The nation’s No. 1 team hits the road again this weekend, as Tennessee travels to Florida for a three-game series. They will do so without Tony Vitello for the first two games, as the Tennessee head coach completed the final two games of his four-game suspension for contacting a referee last Saturday.
Tennessee won two games without him against Alabama last weekend and rolled against Bellarmine on Tuesday night.
“You’re doing WatchESPN, and you’re a minute late, and it’s driving you crazy,” Vitello said of his experience playing while suspended. “But, you know, we got to this point. The pain is what it is, and probably deserved. So knock out those two games and I can’t look forward to Sunday any more than I normally do.
Attention now turns to the Gators, who are 23-14 on the year and 6-9 in SEC play. Florida will be without leading starter Hunter Barco (5-2, 2.50 ERA), who is suffering from elbow discomfort. That puts Ryan Slater in first place tonight, with Brandon Sproat and Brandon Neely leading Saturday and Sunday for Florida.
Tennessee is looking to stay perfect in real road games this season, currently going 6-0 this year. The Volunteers are just the sixth team ever to start 14-1 in conference play, and they’re already looking for their sixth series win in SEC play.
Weekend schedule, provisional entries
Game 1 – Friday, April 22 (SEC Network+, 6:30 p.m.)
RHP Chase Burns (6-1, 2.22 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Slater (2-1, 3.52 ERA)
Game 2 – Saturday, April 23 (SEC Network+, 6:30 p.m.)
TBD vs. RHP Brandon Sproat (4-3, 4.91 ERA)
Game 3 – Sunday, April 24 (SEC Network+, 12 p.m.)
RHP Drew Beam (8-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon Neely (1-0, 4.30 ERA)