The Tennessee Volunteers and Missouri Tigers are set to face off in a highly anticipated baseball match-up, with the projected starting pitchers for each team now determined. The Volunteers will be sending out right-hander Chad Dallas to take the mound, while the Tigers will counter with left-hander TJ Sikkema.
Dallas, a redshirt junior from Knoxville, TN, is off to a strong start in 2019, with a 4-2 record and a 4.18 ERA over nine appearances. He has proven to be an effective pitcher, accumulating 47 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched. The Volunteers are hoping that his ability to hit his spots will keep the Tigers hitters off balance.
Sikkema, a freshman from DeKalb, IL, has demonstrated considerable promise in his first collegiate season. He has made 12 appearances with a 5-3 record and a 3.33 ERA. His impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio (62/14) indicates his ability to command the strike zone and keep batters guessing.
The two teams have a storied history on the diamond, and this matchup is expected to be a classic. Both Dallas and Sikkema have the potential to be difference makers and will have the opportunity to establish their legacies when they take the field. The battle of the mound will likely go a long way in determining the outcome of the game, and both pitchers can be expected to bring their best.