Home games against Purdue and UNLV, a trip to Arizona State and the seventh installment of the Hokie-Smokey Classic are among the highlights of Tennessee’s 2014 baseball schedule.
A game against Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 14 will be the first of 33 home games and the opener of a 13-game homestand. Tennessee will play Purdue Feb. 15-16. UNLV visits for a weekend series beginning Feb. 21.
UT plays at Arizona State in a three-game series March 7-9 as a tune-up for SEC play, which begins at Missouri on March 14.
The Hokie-Smokey Classic against Virginia Tech will be April 15 in Salem, Va.
“As always, we will be challenged by our competition throughout the 30-game Southeastern Conference campaign,” Tennessee coach Dave Serrano said in a school release, “and opening our first weekend with a Big Ten team in Purdue and having UNLV come to town for a weekend series will be exciting.”
Overall, the Vols will play 25 games against 10 teams that made last season’s NCAA tournament, including SEC road series against College World Series participants Mississippi State and LSU.
SEC rivals Auburn, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida will visit Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season.
Tennessee will host Belmont on Oct. 25 in a fall scrimmage. There will be no admission charge.
Fall practice begins Sept. 22. All practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public. A weekly fall practice schedule, which will include practice and scrimmage times along with a pitching schedule, will be posted on UTSports.com/baseball each week.
Tennessee 2014 schedule
14- Nebraska-Omaha, 15- Purdue, 16- Nebraska-Omaha, 16- Purdue, 18- Appalachian State, 21- UNLV, 22- UNLV, 23- UNLV, 28- Quinnipiac
1- Quinnipiac, 2- Quinnipiac, 4- La Salle, 5- La Salle, 7- at Arizona State, 8- at Arizona State, 9- at Arizona State, 11- Middle Tennessee, 14- at Missouri, 15- at Missouri, 16- at Missouri, 18- Austin Peay, 21- Auburn, 22- Auburn, 23- Auburn, 28- at South Carolina, 29- at South Carolina, 30- at South Carolina
1- ETSU, 4- Vanderbilt, 5- Vanderbilt, 6- Vanderbilt, 8- at Tennessee Tech, 11- at Georgia, 12- at Georgia, 13- at Georgia, 15- at Virginia Tech, 18- Alabama, 19- Alabama, 20- Alabama, 22- at ETSU, 25- at LSU, 26- at LSU, 27- at LSU, 29- at Middle Tennessee
2- Kentucky, 3- Kentucky, 4- Kentucky, 6- UNC Asheville, 9- at Mississippi State, 10- at Mississippi State, 11- at Mississippi State, 13- Morehead State, 15- Florida, 16- Florida, 17- Florida