Smokies to host UT Night Friday

(Smokies press release) Tennessee Smokies host fan-favorite UT Night, presented by Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, this Friday, September 10 with current University of Tennessee Baseball players in attendance to meet and greet with fans. Players will be available from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the first base entranceway for photos and autographs. Gates open at 6:00 pm and the first pitch is slated for 7:00 pm. 

Vols in attendance on UT Night will include Kirby Connell, Drew Gilbert, Redmond Walsh, Luc Lipcius, Ben Joyce, Christian Scott, Trey Lipscomb, and Jorel Ortega. 

The first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a limited edition Tony Vitello Bobblehead. Out of the 1,500 bobbleheads, there will be randomly placed exclusive orange jersey bobbleheads. Vitello was awarded the 2021 Mike Martin National Coach of the Year while leading the University of Tennessee baseball team to be the SEC East Champions, a trip to Omaha, and finishing out the season 50-18. Coach Tony Vitello will also be in attendance throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. 

“We are excited to have the University of Tennessee Baseball Players in attendance Friday night,” General Manager, Tim Volk said. “After a great Vol season, it only seemed fitting to bring them out for our UT Night.” 

The Tennessee Smokies are in the final homestand of the 2021 season. All ticket vouchers need to be used by the final home game on Sunday, September 12. Tickets can be purchased by going to, by calling the box office at (865)286-2300, or by visiting the Box Office from 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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