The Tennessee Volunteers baseball team opened the season with a sweep and outscored its opponent 45-4 in the three-game series.
Last season, the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team had its best season in a very long time. Head coach Tony Vitello didn’t want to waste any time making a statement to start the season.
Tennessee went easy on Western Illinois in the season opener on Friday night with a 3-0 win to kick off the season, but after that, Vitello’s Vols opened the flood gates and went on to win game 2 19-0 on Saturday and 23-4 on Sunday.
Multiple players on the Vols’ roster had breakout performances, including Max Ferguson and Austin Knight, who both hit home runs in Tennessee’s opening series.
After many years of being mediocre, it seems like the Tennessee baseball team has its best days ahead of it. I know this is only against a Western Illinois team that doesn’t pose a serious threat to he Vols, but this start can only get you excited for this season.
Now the BaseVols start its second series of the year against Charlotte tonight in a one-game series. After that, it’s on to the Vols’ first test of the season in the Round Rock Classic, where they will play six-ranked Texas Tech, Houston and 25-ranked Stanford.
That series kicks off this Friday, and I am excited to see how the Vols respond to a top-ten team like Texas Tech. If the Vols can survive that series, then I think this could be a pretty exciting season.
We’ve seen Rick Barnes change the basketball program, and we’re seeing Jeremy Pruitt change the football program, but Vitello is taking the baseball team places that I didn’t think they’d reach a few years ago before Vitello became the head coach.